One of Cuba’s most famous stars and a respected musical innovator, GRAMMY-nominated vocalist Issac Delgado makes his Miner Auditorium debut with his all-star CON TUMBAO project featuring pianist Issac Delgado Jr., bassist and vocalist Alain Pérez, drummer Robby Ameen, conga and percussionist Pedrito Martínez, timbalist Tony Succar, saxophonist Bob Franceschini, trumpeters Mike Rodríguez, and Juan Munguía, and trombonist Conrad Herwig.
As lead singer of the wildly influential group NG La Banda in the late 1980s, Delgado helped pioneer the timba style (Havana’s tough, funky take on salsa). A dazzling live performer who was mentored by legendary Cuban jazz pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Delgado has continually rewritten the rules of Caribbean dance music, constantly playing with time and tempo, employing jazz-inspired passages and mixing in cutting edge rhythms and avant-garde electronics. He defected to the U.S. over a decade ago, but recently returned to Havana where his fame has only increased over the years.
Delgado’s 2019 Tropix Music release, Lluvia Y Fuego (Rain and Fire), brilliantly showcased the effect of his return to his homeland and a re-investment in traditional song forms. Now with Tumbao, the vocalist and songwriter leads a hard-hitting nine-piece ensemble made up of many of the greatest Latin jazz musicians working today.
This special evening promises a dizzying salsa dance party that Miner Auditorium will barely be able to contain.