Another stellar week of live Latin Jazz starts this Sunday in Seattle, including Cuban jazz and dance music, a Brazilian spin on the Tony-winning Broadway musical Man of La Mancha, and an artist who is at the forefront of the wave of Cuban millennials who are forging a new path with their music. Here's the rundown:
¡Cubanismo! at the Triple Door Sunday 4/22, 5pm and 8pm shows: Steeped in the tradition of Cuban son, trumpeter Jesús Alemañy formed the band Cubanismo in 1995 as a recording project; three albums and over 20 years later, they're still on the road performing the traditional dance music of Cuba with a thoroughly modern approach.
Daymé Arocena at Jazz Alley Tuesday April 24-April 25: Since her last appearance in Seattle with Jane Bunnett's group Maqueque, Daymé has become recognized in the US as the new voice of Cuban music. NPR's Felix Contreras says she sounds like "...a magical mash-up of the Queen of Latin Music Celia Cruz and the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin." On her new album Cubafonía, she proves that she deserves the crown, nimbly mixing her African roots with jazz, funk and soul.
Eliane Elias at Jazz Alley Thursday April 26-Sunday April 29: The Brazilian pianist's new album was actually recorded back in 1995, but contractual issues kept it from being released at the time. Eliane's arrangements of the songs from Man of La Mancha are outstanding, and her interplay with two different trios remind us just how great a pianist she's always been.
You'll hear selections from Eliane Elias' Music from Man of La Mancha on KNKX's Mid Day Jazz, and listen for both Daymé Arocena and Jesús Alemañy's Cubanismo this week on Saturday Jazz Caliente.
Jazz Caliente airs Saturdays at 5:00 p.m. The show is hosted by Robin Lloyd and produced by KNKX Public Radio.