Issac Delgado: Album Release Party
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Isaac Delgado
Cuban Timba Pioneer

Issac Delgado: Album Release Party

 

AUG 15–18 | ¡FIESTA CUBANA!

Aug 15 - Aug 18
Miner Auditorium

Unfortunately due to visa issues, ¡Cubanismo! will not be able to perform at the SFJAZZ Center on August 15-18. The show will continue with Cuban timba pioneer Issac Delgado performing in their place.

Please note: Dance floor is General Admission standing room only. If you would prefer seats, please select a different level for this show.

A dazzling live performer who was mentored by legendary Cuban jazz pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Delgado helped pioneer the timba style (Havana’s tough, funky take on salsa) as lead singer of the wildly influential group NG La Banda in the late 1980s. Restlessly inventive, he 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. for over a decade in the late 2000s, but recently returned to Havana where his fame has only grown more fervent over the years.

Una de las estrellas más famosas de Cuba y un respetado innovador musical, el vocalista nominado al GRAMMY Issac Delgado regresa a SFJAZZ después de casi una década con el estreno en Estados Unidos de su nuevo lanzamiento de Tropix Music. “Lluvia Y Fuego”; desplegando brillantemente el efecto de su regreso a su tierra natal y una reinversión en las formas de canciones tradicionales. La grabación presenta composiciones originales exuberantemente arregladas y homenajes al atemporal sonero cubano Benny Moré y al rey puertorriqueño de la salsa Cheo Feliciano.

Un deslumbrante intérprete en vivo que fue asesorado por el legendario pianista de jazz cubano Gonzalo Rubalcaba; Delgado es un pionero del estilo timba (la versión dura y funky de salsa) como cantante principal del grupo NG La Banda, de gran influencia a fines de la década de 1980. Incansablemente inventivo, reescribe continuamente las reglas de la música caribeña de baile, jugando constantemente con tiempo y tempo, empleando pasajes inspirados en el jazz y mezclando ritmos de vanguardia y electrónica. Dejó Cuba mudándose los EEUU por más de una década a fines del 2000, pero recientemente retornó a La Habana, donde su fama solo se ha vuelto más ferviente con los años.

En Español

This album release celebration will be an explosive salsa dance event that Miner Auditorium will barely be able to contain.

One of Cuba’s most famous stars and a respected musical innovator, GRAMMY-nominated vocalist Issac Delgado returns to SFJAZZ for the first time in nearly a decade with the U.S. premiere of material from his new Tropix Music release. Lluvia Y Fuego (Rain and Fire) brilliantly showcases the effect of his return to his homeland and a re-investment in traditional song forms. The recording features lushly arranged original compositions and tributes to timeless Cuban sonero Benny Moré and Puerto Rican salsa king Cheo Feliciano.

One of the best singers in the world—in any genre.

The New York Times

One of the best singers in the world—in any genre.

The New York Times

Personnel

Issac Delgado vocals
Yusef Diaz keys
Roberto Vazquez bass
Jose Julian Morejon percussion
Jose Angel Blanco drums/timbal
Jose Antonio Rodriguez vocalist /music engineer
Ariel Guillot trombone
Willmer Lorie vocalist/percussion
Luis Ernesto Delgado trombone
Edgar Martinez congas
Victor Campbell piano
Ivan Ivanovich Gonzalez saxophones
Daylen Rodriguez vocalist
Elpidio Chappottin trumpet
Lazaro Gonzalez trumpet

Innovation, improvisation, high musicianship and hard Afro-Cuban funk.

The New York Times

Personnel

Issac Delgado vocals
Yusef Diaz keys
Roberto Vazquez bass
Jose Julian Morejon percussion
Jose Angel Blanco drums/timbal
Jose Antonio Rodriguez vocalist /music engineer
Ariel Guillot trombone
Willmer Lorie vocalist/percussion
Luis Ernesto Delgado trombone
Edgar Martinez congas
Victor Campbell piano
Ivan Ivanovich Gonzalez saxophones
Daylen Rodriguez vocalist
Elpidio Chappottin trumpet
Lazaro Gonzalez trumpet

Innovation, improvisation, high musicianship and hard Afro-Cuban funk.

The New York Times

Watch & Listen

Issac Delgado

Lluvia y Fuego

Issac Delgado

Medley Pa' Benny

Issac Delgado

Lluvia y Fuego

Issac Delgado

Medley Pa' Benny