Harold Lopez-Nussa “Timba a la Americana” with Gregoire Maret
July 27 @ 7:30 pm
The series concludes on Thursday, July 27, with Cuban pianist and composer Harold López-Nussa’s Timba a la Americana, featuring Lopez-Nussa on piano, Grégoire Maret on harmonica, Luques Curtis on bass, and Ruy Adrian López-Nussa on drums. López-Nussa sets out to capture the stirring sensation of walking the streets of Havana with an exhilarating marriage of jazz and Cuban pop music. He has built a global following in jazz and beyond, having burst upon the international scene when he won first prize in the solo piano competition at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 2005. He has gone on to play at the world’s leading jazz venues and festivals. His tight-knit quartet captivates audiences with a driving vivaciousness that “bridges generations and genres” (Billboard). His music reflects the full range and richness of Cuban music, with its distinctive combination of classical, folkloric, and popular elements, in addition to a virtuosic embrace of jazz improvisation and interaction. DownBeat wrote, “López-Nussa’s single-note grace is akin to Herbie Hancock’s, and his two-fisted attacks are as joyous as Chick Corea’s.” His latest album, Timba a la Americana, due out in May, features the extraordinary Grammy-winning harmonica player Maret, who appeared last summer at the Athenaeum with pianist Kenny Werner and has worked with legends such as Herbie Hancock, Prince, and Pat Metheny.
Tickets for the show can be bought online on their website. Doors do open at 7:00 pm to enter the event on a first come, first served basis, so arrive early!