PERFORMANCES AT CAMBRIDGE’S RYLES JAZZ CLUB (6/23),
MONTREAL JAZZ FESTIVAL (6/25) &
NEW YORK’S JAZZ STANDARD (6/26)
ALBUM FEATURES FELIPE CABRERA & DAVID SÁNCHEZ
LOPEZ NUSSA A MEMBER OF NINETY MILES PROJECT
LISTEN TO EXCLUSIVE STREAMING TRACKS FROM EL PAÍS DE LAS MARAVILLAS
HAROLD LÓPEZ NUSSA TRIO
For decades, the United States and Cuba have shared a complex relationship. While there have been many business, travel and diplomatic restrictions between the two countries, U.S. citizens have gravitated to Cuba’s tropical culture – taking in the country’s sights, sounds and cuisines.
From a musical standpoint, in addition to the Buena Vista Social Club phenomenon and the enduring legacy of Los Van Van, there is a strong relationship between Afro-Cuban music and American jazz. Over the years, many of the world’s finest jazz artists have hailed from Cuba – virtuosos such as Bebo & Chucho Valdés, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Paquito D’Rivera, Arturo Sandoval, Israel López and Machito as well as younger, rising stars such as Roberto Fonseca, Alfredo Rodriguez, Yosvany Terry and Dafnis Prieto.
Fast forward to 2010-2011: the relationship between these two countries and two forms of music continues. Last October, Wynton Marsalis & Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra conducted a five-day residency in Havana, working and performing with students, in collaboration with the Valdés family. This June, Concord Picante releases Ninety Miles, a collaboration featuring Stefon Harris, David Sánchez and Christian Scott (recorded in Havana over the span of a week). Continue reading