Venezuelan Jazz Collective
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Venezuelan Jazz Collective
Jazz and Caribbean Rhythms

Venezuelan Jazz Collective

Ft. Fran Vielma

JUL 9–12 | Dance & Rhythm

Jul 12, 2020
Joe Henderson Lab
SunJul 12
6:00 PM

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SunJul 12
7:30 PM

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Led by master percussionist Fran Vielma, the Venezuelan Jazz Collective comprises an outstanding cast of world-class musicians from Venezuela and Latin America based in the US, and features alto saxophone great and former SFJAZZ Collective member Miguel Zenón along with pianist Luis Perdomo.

Their debut album Tendencias includes nine original compositions by the leader and one song by the laureate Venezuelan songwriter Simón Díaz, and was included in “Best of Year” lists from DownBeat, NYC Jazz Record, and the Latin Jazz Network. Vielma arranged these pieces bringing components of hard bop, free jazz, concert music, and showcasing rhythms from his native Venezuela in a contemporary fashion. Every composition references a place, an artist, a remembrance, including tributes to Thelonious Monk on “Monk en Aragua” and trumpet great Freddie Hubbard with “Hubbardengue” featuring trumpet master Mike Rodríguez.

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The ensemble’s awareness of the jazz tradition, classic concert music, and an upbringing surrounded by the Caribbean and South American genres allow this all-star group to go from one idiom to the other with masterful spontaneity and musicianship.

Not quite hard-bop and not quite salsa — they are something more complex and unprecedented, and take sharp turns at times.

DownBeat

Not quite hard-bop and not quite salsa — they are something more complex and unprecedented, and take sharp turns at times.

DownBeat

Personnel

Fran Vielma percussion & vocals
Mike Rodríguez trumpet
Miguel Zenón alto saxophone
Ángel Subero trombone & vocals
Luis Perdomo keyboards
Peter Slavov bass
Pablo Bencid drums & vocals

It’s not just the rhythmic potency of Venezuelan music that stands out here; indeed, on a number of the tracks it's Vielma's indebtedness to the wider jazz tradition that is striking.

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Personnel

Fran Vielma percussion & vocals
Mike Rodríguez trumpet
Miguel Zenón alto saxophone
Ángel Subero trombone & vocals
Luis Perdomo keyboards
Peter Slavov bass
Pablo Bencid drums & vocals

It’s not just the rhythmic potency of Venezuelan music that stands out here; indeed, on a number of the tracks it's Vielma's indebtedness to the wider jazz tradition that is striking.

All About Jazz

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Venezuelan Jazz Collective

A Modo Patanemeño

Venezuelan Jazz Collective

Monk en Aragua

Venezuelan Jazz Collective

A Modo Patanemeño

Venezuelan Jazz Collective

Monk en Aragua