Always keen to highlight the exquisite artistry of New Mexico’s own, the annual New Mexico Jazz Festival proudly salutes and features a particularly exceptional local musician every year. This year’s choice, César Bauvallet, could not have been a more adept one. While his prowess as a trombonist, diverse percussionist, composer, arranger, and bandleader might all justify his choice on their own grounds, Bauvallet has enriched the musical culture and community of New Mexico in truly incredible, immeasurable ways through his dedication to education. Add that to his role as the director of the immensely popular salsa band Son Como Son, who rouse crowds to take to the dance floor in droves every time they take the stage, and it is obvious that Bauvallet has contributed immensely to the passion and vitality of the New Mexico musical community. This Sunday, July 23 at The Outpost Performance Space, Bauvallet will lead his Cuban Jazz Project to the stage to perform for the first time. Made up of musicians representing vastly different experiences and influences— Bauvallet and his crew of fellow Outpost jazz instructors will play alongside Bauvallet’s son for his debut performance— the Cuban Jazz Project’s distinctive take on Latin jazz is set to be as exciting as it is inspiring, as fun as it is stunning. (Adam Wood)
Sunday July 23, 2017
Albuquerque, NM 87106
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The renowned trombonist, percussionist, singer, composer, arranger and bandleader performs live.
Tonight, as we do every year, the New Mexico Jazz Festival honors an outstanding musical figure on the New Mexico musical scene. Renowned trombonist, percussionist (congas, bongos, timbales, batá drums, as well as drumset and hand percussion), singer, composer, arranger and bandleader César Bauvallet is most widely known as the leader of Albuquerque's most popular 9-piece Salsa band, Son Como Son as well as the smaller group, Tradiciones.
Originally from Cuba, César graduated from the renowned Amadeo Roldán Conservatory in Havana in 1981. He has been a music educator and professional performer for more than 30 years. He also teaches Outpost's extremely popular Latin Music Classes for youth and adults.
Tonight he presents his Cuban Jazz Project which features a unique mix of talents and includes two fellow Outpost Jazz Education instructors, pianist, Jim Ahrend and tenor saxophonist, Kanoa Kaluhiwa. Also featured are Janet Harman (Son Como Son), bass; Victor Rodriguez (Salsa Suite, Son Como Son), bongos; César and Janet's son, Danilo Bauvallet who makes his debut on drums; and special guest and longtime friend of Cesar's, Raciel Tortoló (Team Havana), on congas. The project draws on each of its members' diverse musical experiences ranging from bebop to timba as they perform Bauvallet's inspired original compositions and dynamic arrangements of Cuban and jazz standards.
As Bauvallet describes it, "This will not be your ordinary Latin Jazz concert!" $25/$20 Members & Students (no member passes)