SUNDAY, JUNE 17, 2018
Cesar Orozco – Latin Jazz
49 West, Annapolis, MD
Show: 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Reservations: instantseats.com or 410-626-9796
CUBAN PIANIST BRINGS EXHILARATING LATIN JAZZ TO ANNAPOLIS
ON FATHER’S DAY JUNE 17
Cuban piano virtuoso César Orozco brings exhilarating Latin Jazz to 49 West in Annapolis on Sunday, June 17. Previewing pieces from his upcoming album Stringwise,he’ll appear with leading Venezuelan musicians, cuatro player Jorge Glem and percussionist Francisco Vielma.
Sampling sounds from the new recording, listeners will enjoy new twists on the familiar. The set list includes Duke Ellington’s “Take the A Train,” David Forster’s “After the Love Has Gone,” and Sting’s “Englishman in New York.” Stevie Wonder’s “Isn’t She Lovely” and traditional Venezuelan folk pieces round out the program.
A prolific composer and arranger, Orozco is known for fusing jazz with Cuban and Venezuelan musical styles in unexpected and irresistible ways. Born in Cuba in 1980, he moved to Venezuela in 1998, and to the U.S. in 2012. He has worked with acclaimed international artists such as Paquito D’Rivera, Pedrito Martinez, Gary Thomas, Yosvany Terry, Luisito Quintero and Giovanni Hidalgo. He holds a graduate performance degree (GPD) from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University in jazz piano and a degree in violin performance and ensemble conducting from the National School of Arts in Havana. He is a Jazz Beyond Borders performing, touring and teaching artist.
Orozco has been a guest artist on more than 50 recordings and recorded three albums as a leader, including Son Con Pajarillo (2007) and Orozcojam (2010). The latter was awarded Best Vocal-Instrumental Album at Cubadisco 2012 (similar to the Grammy Awards in the U.S). No Limits for Tumbao was released to rave reviews in 2015.
He has performed in many countries and in this region, he has appeared at major venues such as Blues Alley, the Kennedy Center, Twins Jazz, and An die Musik Live.
Jorge Glem is a master of the cuatro, a ukulele-like guitar considered the national instrument of Venezuela. Glem is winner of several prestigious awards. In 2004, he was named Best Cuatro Player at the International Festival of Musica Llanera “El Silbon de Oro” and second place at the International Festival and contest “Siembra del Cuatro.” In 2014, his third album, En el Cerrito, won the Pepsi Music Award for traditional Venezuelan instrumental music. His album ,Pa’ Fuera, with C4Trio was nominated for a Latin Grammy in 2017 for Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album. He has shared the stage with great such as Paquito D’Rivera, Rubén Blades, and Etienne Charles.
Fran Vielma is a Venezuelan multi-percussionist with an extensive knowledge of Caribbean and South American rhythms. A composer, arranger and educator, his career involves recording, tours, and festivals with renowned musicians in Venezuela, Mexico, South Korea, the Republic of Panama, Australia and the U.S.
Vielma holds a M.M. in jazz studies from New England Conservatory, and a B.M. in performance and theory from Berklee College of Music, two. As adjunct faculty of World Music at Salem State University’s Music Department in Massachusetts, he stays current with research on world music. He has taught music seminars, lectures, and master-classes at leading universities in the U.S. and Venezuela.
Fran Vielma’s recent release Tendencias with his Venezuelan Jazz Collective features some of the world’s most important players such as Luis Perdomo, Michael Rodriguez, and Miguel Zenón. He also leads the Venezuelan Jazz Orchestra and the Hidden Treasure Percussion Trio.
49 West Coffeehouse, Wine Bar & Gallery is located in Historic Annapolis. Presented by Elana Byrd in the Sunday Supper & Jazz series, the show is from 7 – 9:30 PM and admission is $25. For Reservations are strongly advised. Visit http://www.instantseats.com or call 410–626-9796.