Music of New Orleans and the Caribbean


The Wall Street Journal’s Will Friedwald highlights the jazz scene in Rose Hall, a tribute to Thomas Hart Benton, Elio Villafranca’s ‘Cinqué—Music of the Caribbean’ and more. See full descriptions in the link below:

New Orleans Songbook
Rose Hall
Broadway at 60th Street, fifth Floor, 212-721-6500
Friday and Saturday
Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans? The Crescent City is properly celebrated as ground zero for legendary jazz improvisers, but it is too often forgotten that the Big Easy has also inspired a wide range of songs and songwriters, from locals like Spencer Williams and Randy Newman to international legends like Hoagy Carmichael and Duke Ellington. Jazz at Lincoln Center has chosen to honor that legacy in anticipation of the opening of the New Orleans Jazz Market, the first jazz-centric concert hall in NOLA. The opening half will spotlight two excellent singers, award-winner Cyrille Aimée and worthy newcomer Milton Suggs, alongside the standout pianist Aaron Diehl; the second half presents trumpeter Irwin Mayfield’s New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, a suitably rabble-rousing ensemble if ever there was one, in a new concert work dedicated to the forthcoming venue.

Elio Villafranca’s ‘Cinqué—Music of the Caribbean’
The Appel Room
Broadway at 60th Street, Centercharge 212-721-6500
Friday and Saturday
Pianist Elio Villafranca gives the premiere of a suite dedicated to the amazing music that originated in the Caribbean, primarily in the Spanish-speaking islands, as well as Jamaican calypso and Haitian merengue. Additionally, Mr. Villafranca has titled his usual working band “The Jass Syncopators,” which shows that he has a keen understanding of New Orleans jazz, so expect that Ameri-Caribbean city also to be represented as well. The five-movement work, “Cinqué”—dedicated to Joseph Cinqué, the leader of the of the slave uprising on the ship Amistad—will be played by a stellar 12-piece orchestra, including trumpeters Michael Rodriguez (Friday) and Jon Faddis (Saturday), trombonist Steve Turre and saxophones Greg Tardy and Vincent Herring.

[Photo of Elio Villafranca from]

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