Afro-Cuban All Stars: SOLD OUT!

Afro-Cuban All Stars: SOLD OUT!

All Stars

Saturday, February 23, 7:30pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

Afro-Cuban All Stars
SOLD OUT! - Check for turn-back tickets on day of performance.

Juan de Marcos & the Afro-Cuban All Stars

After gaining international fame for reviving the classic sound of Cuban son, tres master Juan de Marcos turned the Afro-Cuban All Stars into a sensational showcase for Cuba’s most prodigious young musicians. While long revered in Latin America and Europe as a founding member of Cuba’s great son revival band Sierra Maestra, de Marcos first gained notice in the US as founder of the Buena Vista Social Club. It was de Marcos who assembled Ibrahim Ferrer, Eliades Ochoa, Ruben Gonzalez and the rest of the crew for Ry Cooder when he came to Havana looking for illustrious old timers. But de Marcos is just as interested in promoting Cuba’s brilliant young musicians as in highlighting Cuba’s senior talent. The Afro-Cuban All Stars not only features a multi-generational cast, the group draws on both classic Cuban styles like son and danzón and contemporary dance rhythms like timba. “What I’m trying to do is create a bridge between contemporary and traditional Cuban music,” de Marcos says. “I’m trying to mix both things so people can realize that Cuban music didn’t stop in time, that it developed in this long period when Cuban music disappeared from the market.” All four of the Afro-Cuban All Stars shows sold out in Season 1, so get your tickets early!

Artist Personnel

Juan de Marcos band leader, tres
Laura Lydia Gonzalez clarinets
Igort Rivas trumpet & flugelhorn
Yoanny Pino trumpet & flugelhorn
Yaure Muniz trumpet & flugelhorn
Gliceria Gonzalez keyboards
      & backing vocals
Gabriel Hernandez piano
Alberto Pantaleon bass
Gliceria Abreu percussion
Jose Antonio Moreaux bongo & cowbell
Antonio "Pacha" Portuondo timbale
Rolando "El Niño Mentira" Salgado
Jose Gil "Gilito" Pinera vocals
Emilio Suárez vocals
Evelio Galan vocals

"(de Marcos) has probably done more than any other person to bring traditional Cuban music to people outside the island. " — Miami Herald
"A thrillingly autentico survey of the colorful panorama of Cuban music, from religious batumbata beats through contemporary timba jams. " — Village Voice

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