Edgar Pantoja and the Afro-Cuban Tribe
Thursday Jun 14, 2018
Doors: 7:00 PM, Show: 8:00 PM
All Ages. $16 ADV / $20 DOOR (plus fees)
Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse
2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA
Pianist Edgar Pantoja presents Afro-Cuban jazz and world music from his first album Vivencias.
Born in Santiago de Cuba, Edgar Pantoja has spent over 20 years performing modern and traditional Cuban music on the world’s most important stages. He has toured and collaborated with influential musicians including Rubén Blades, John Benítez, David Murray, Angelique Kidjo, Descemer Bueno, and Pedrito Martinez.
He most recently formed part of the Grammy-nominated Pedrito Martinez Group as pianist/keyboardist and arranger.
His international collaborations with the likes of Rubén Blades, John Benítez, David Murray, Angelique Kidjo, Descemer Bueno, and Pedrito Martinez speak volumes, but witnessing a live Pantoja performance is where you will be converted.
He is deceptive in his calm demeanor, making the difficult seem easy and the impossible, doable. He is a musical facilitator with elegant melodic taste and an uncanny rhythmic sense, always making his bandmates shine. And speaking of bandmates, he has assembled a monster crew of Bay Area heavies: bassist Ernesto Mazar Kindelán (Santiago de Cuba), percussionist Carlitos Medrano (Havana), guitarist David Lechuga-Espadas (San Jose) and drummer Colin Douglas (New York City).
Cuban pianist/composer/arranger Edgar Pantoja is nothing less than a force of nature on the contemporary jazz and Latin music scenes.