HW Pick: Elio Villafranca’s Letters To Mother Africa (Video)

elio-artistWith “Letters to Mother Africa,” by the visionary Cuban pianist and composer Elio Villafranca who brings us an ambitious and culturally enlightening hot program! Leading an all-star band comprising saxophonists Billy Harper and David Murray, bassist Dezron Douglas, drummer Lewis Nash, percussionist Abdou Mboup, and South African vocalist Vuyo Sotashe, Villafranca will compose and examine a wide range of jazz written with great reverence to Africa. 

Here’s teaser from the Steinway & Sons floor vis Youtube:

In addition to original compositions, the group will perform unique arrangements of music by Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Max Roach, Eric Dolphy, Randy Weston, Charles Mingus, and Wayne Shorter. 

Friday, October 14, 7 PM

Saturday, October 15, 9:30 PM

Purchase tickets HERE

Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Shops at Columbus Circle, 10 Columbus Cir, New York, New York, 10026,

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