Program

Thursday, November 16 2017

Axel Tosca Trio

Thursday, November 16
8PM to 10PM
It was a fore gone conclusion, that Pianist, Composer, Producer, Arranger Axel Tosca Laugart, was destine to be a musician. Born in Cuba to Cuban singer/folkloric songwriter Albert Tosca, and world renown Cuban vocalist Xiomara Laugart, his musical influences were everywhere, and his fate was sealed. His first interest was the guitar, but by the age of 7 he found his calling with the piano. Studying diligently under the guidance of Miriam Valdez, who is the sister of pianist/virtuoso Chucho Valdez, and Rosa Marie Talon, Axel's technique and style started to evolve. He began his formal training at the prestigious Paulita Concepcion Elementary School of Music and graduated as a teenager from the equally well known Amadeo Roldan Provincial School Of Music. In between at the age of 15,Axel immersed himself in the revolutionary Timba and the Hip Hop music scenes of Havana, which resulted in him performing with the legendary Quest Love and the Roots. In 2005 on the advice of Timbalero Amadito Valdez of the Buena Vista Social Club, Axel decided to move to the United States, as part of the world touring company of "Havana Nights", that performed in Las Vegas for two consecutive years. During his time in Las Vegas, Axel was spotted by George Clinton of Parliament/Funkedelic, and was asked to rehearse with the band, which resulted in Axel performing with P-Funk in Washington DC on December 31, 2007, and B.B. Kings in New York City shortly thereafter. When he relocated to New York City in 2009, Axel was awarded a scholarship to finish his Bachelor's Degree in Music at the New School Of Contemporary Jazz/Parsons University. During that time, he started his first band, (U)nity, with drummer Amaury Acosta. (U)nity has been together for 7 years, which produced two albums; "Peace, Love, and Music and "(U)nity Is Power". He also produced two of his mothers solo albums, "La Voz" and "Tears And Rumba" HIs debut release as a leader "AXEL TOSCA" is available on ALFI Records.

Román Díaz & Rumba Habanera

Jazz at the Crossroads presents AfroCuban master drummer Román Díaz & his nine piece percussion & vocal ensemble performing the living magic of the AfroCaribbean experience.
Thursday, November 16
10PM
 
 
".... Román Díaz is.... playing bata and conga drums, chanting and singing, sometimes rising to dance. He’s making music and enacting rituals with old friends and new partners, inviting in ancient spirits as he lends new edge to New York’s scene.

"The rumba is on.

"Like the best Cuban percussionists and folkloric masters, and as with jazz’s greatest players, Díaz knows that tradition is never a static thing. As a member of the seminal Cuban rumba ensemble Yoruba Andabo, he continued the work of the legendary percussionist Pancho Quinto in creating new and fundamental wrinkles with traditional Cuban rumba.

"The Thursday night 'Midnight Rumbas' began in June [of 2013 ], as organized by Dita Sullivan, who has produced a fine and ongoing New Dimensions in Latin Jazz series, primarily at the Jazz Standard.

'I thought it would be a good summer event—the authentic Cuban rumba that most people, even those who visit Cuba, never get to see,” Sullivan wrote in a recent email.  'What Román is doing is bringing the rumba with all its heady, intense atmosphere; it's really like being at a rumba in the barrios Luyano or El Cerro in Havana—thrilling, full of surprises, and even a little bit scary. It's utterly fluid, constantly changing, with the percussionists swapping instruments, musicians coming in and others stepping down, vocalists changing to play percussion, the percussionists getting up to sing. Yet it is not chaotic; it's running on a different sense of time and logic, and if you just let go, you can tune into it.'

"The best story in New York jazz right now (and among the music’s longest-running tales) is the deepening and broadening of Afro-Latin influence and expression within jazz’s ranks. These connections are not only with Cuba—they also flow from and back to Puerto Rico, Panama, the Dominican Republic, South America, and beyond—but they owe especially to Cuba, and with an ever-finer integration of the various strands of tradition from regions within Cuba itself.

"Since his arrival in New York City from his native Cuba in 1999, Díaz has not only deepened the presence of Afro-Cuban traditions in and around New York, he has infused the city’s jazz scene with a rare blend of expertise, energy, wit, and humor drawn from both Afro-Cuban culture and his own imagination." - Larry Blumenfeld, BLOUIN ARTINFO  

 

 

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