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Manuel Valera & The New Cuban Express

by Terraza 7 on October 25, 2012

Jazz Cubano for Modern Times

The newly-formed New Cuban Express—led by pianist Manuel Valera and comprised prominent young jazz Cuban musicians—features a contemporary compositional take on the music of the island of Cuba

The active leaders and sidemen in today’s jazz scene, boasts compositions and arrangements from all the members and includes a composer series where the band arranges music from a prominent Cuban composer. The first highlighted composer of the customizable series is music from late, great Cuban pianist Emiliano Salvador.

Members include pianist and bandleader Manuel Valera (Paquito D’Rivera, Dafnis Prieto), saxophonist Yosvany Terry (Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Steve Coleman), drummer Ernesto Simpson (Arturo Sandoval, Richard Bona) and bassist John Benitez (John Scofield, Chick Corea).

Manuel Valera / piano
Yosvany Terry / sax,
Tom Guarna / guitar
John Benitez / bass
Mauricio Herrera / percussion
Ludwig Afonso /Drums

Manuel Valera and The New Cuban Express at Terraza 7. Thursday October 25, 2012 at 10:00 pm.

$ 5 cover charge for mezzanine.

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