Nuevo Jazz Latino created its first program of original composition’s in 2014 for Jazz at Lincoln Center. Now a part of their 30th anniversary concert series, JALC bassist Carlos Henriquez says they’ve enlisted a group of musicians that push the envelope in Latin jazz.
“We have Pedrito Martinez, Yosvany Terry, Dafnis Prieto Elio Villafranca, and Mike Rodriguez join us. We pick these guys because we feel that these cats understand jazz and the Afro-Cuban aspects of it, and how they are mixed together.”
Henriquez says to expect a set of original compositions and Latin fused arrangements from the American Songbook.
“For the upcoming show, we’re trying to use those elements and try to put them all in our music. Some more difficult than others. These rhythms come from Africa. You can’t really analyze them. They are more internal than anything.”
Jazz at Lincoln Center will donate five dollars to Hurricane Maria recovery efforts from every Nuevo Jazz Latino ticket sold.
“And put it towards a charitable organization...Making situations better, like for the people in Puerto Rico.”