Discover Jazz: Young Lions
From School of the Arts to Carnegie Hall
The Cuban music school programs established in the years following the Revolution have consistently churned out some of the most extraordinary talent on the planet. Equally versed in classical music, jazz and Cuban folk and popular idioms, younger generations have burst on the scene eager to show the world their mind-boggling chops and stellar musicianship. From Gonzalo Rubalcaba to Alfredo Rodríguez, Dafnis Prieto and more, we will celebrate the young lions of Cuban jazz.
Joining Rebeca Mauleón as a special guest are two of the young lions of contemporary Cuban music: bassist Carlitos Del Puerto and drum sensation Jimmy Branly. Del Puerto is the son of Irakere bassist and founding member Carlos Del Puerto and follows his father’s legacy as one of the most prodigious acoustic bassists to come out of the Cuban National Art School, touring and performing with a Who’s Who of greats such as Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen, Herbie Hancock, Paquito D’Rivera, Chris Botti, Celia Cruz, Dave Gruisin, Ricky Martin and many others. Drummer Jimmy Branly – also a product of the Cuban Art Schools – began his career fully immersed in the world of rock and roll before discovering the power of Elvin Jones and other iconic figures. Branly was a member of the seminal Cuban timba bands NG La Banda and Issac Delgado before emigrating to the US, where he has become one of the most sought-after drummers as well as an acclaimed recording engineer. He has performed and recorded with Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Doc Severinsen, Flora Purim and Airto, Chucho Valdés, Strunz and Farah, Poncho Sanchez, Billy Childs, the Jazz On the Latin Side All-Stars and many others. View Carlitos and Jimmy’s websites at carlitosdelpuerto.com and jimmybranly.com. Additional guest artists for this class include saxophonist Melecio Magdaluyo, percussionist Carlos Caro and members of the SFJAZZ High School All-Stars.