Tuesday, December 31, 2019 at 9 PM – 1 AM
Freight & Salvage
2020 Addison St, Berkeley, California 94704
Tickets · $40 – $80
Afro-Cuban New Year’s Eve Dance Party with Jane Bunnett & Maqueque and Louie Romero Y Su Grupo Mazacote
Pre-show dance lesson by Rueda Con Ritmo
MC Jesse Chuy Varela
Jane Bunnett and Maqueque has created something new and phenomenal in the world of jazz.
What started out five years ago as a project to record and mentor young brilliant Cuban female musicians, has become one of the top groups on the North American jazz scene. In the last year, they have played in major jazz festivals like Newport and Monterey, been featured on NPR’s program Jazz Night in America, were nominated for a Grammy Award for their newest release, Oddara, and, most recently, were voted as one the top ten jazz groups by the prestigious DownBeat magazine’s critics poll.
Yissy Garcia–a composer and drummer- is one of the most powerful artists of this new generation of Cuban musicians. There is a lot of groove in her drumsticks, and a lot of creative impulse in her. At the age of 30, the important things for her are rhythm and the way emotions are trapped by the sound language, as if the drums were just an extension of her body. The important things are ambiguity, the fusion between tradition and avant-garde, her ways of blurring the boundaries of Latin jazz, electronics, funk, R & B, Afro-Cuban music.
Mazacote is the hard-swinging, old-school salsa group of legendary percussionist Louie Romero, who came to fans’ attention as the longtime timbales player for famed salsero “El Cantante” Hector Lavoe. Louie is also renowned for his work with Willie Colón, Rubén Blades, Celia Cruz, Ron Carter, and other salsa and jazz stars in his native New York.
Based in San Francisco, Mazacote plays a crowd-pleasing, high-energy mixture of classic salsa favorites and original latin jazz tunes.