Omar Sosa Quarteto Afrocubano

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
8:00 and 10:00pm
Jazz Café Stage

*Omar Sosa’s performance is a part of the AROUND THE WORLD SERIES*

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[About the Show]
This 7-time Grammy-nominated pianist and recipient of the Smithsonian lifetime achievement award will be returning to the Jazz Cafe with his primary touring band Quarteto AfroCubano. Omar Sosa fuses an array of jazz, world music, hip-hop, and electronic elements with his AfroCuban roots for an evening of music that will make you feel at ‘home.’

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[About the Artists]

7-time GRAMMY-nominated pianist Omar Sosa has forged a distinctive path in music, fusing an array of jazz, world music, hip-hop, and electronic elements with his AfroCuban roots. Omar’s return to the Jazz Cafe will be with his primary touring band, Quarteto AfroCubano, in continuing support of his 2015 CD, ILE. The band fea-tures Cuban drummer Raul Pineda, Cuban saxophonist Leandro Saint-Hill, and Mozambican electric bassist Childo Tomas. ILE means home, or earth, in the Yoruba language of West Africa, and it is to the Latin Jazz roots of his native Cuba that Omar returns for inspiration on this project. The CD offers contemporary interpretations of some of the classic Cuban musical styles the world has come to admire.

Omar Sosa received a lifetime achievement award from the Smithsonian in 2003. He is a prolific composer and charismatic bandleader, whose work entwines the expressive tradi-tions of Africa and the Americas in a unique cosmopolitan voice – articulating a brilliant, joyous, and thoroughly contemporary global jazz idiom. His career embodies the expan-sive outlook of a visionary artist, working ceaselessly to craft a
singular, urban sound.

The New York Times writes: “Sosa’s music is the unifying sort, yoking together Africa and jazz and Latin America and hip-hop. He makes it work, being one of those rare birds whose keyboard skills are near those of Chick Corea or Chucho Valdés.” Renowned American composer John Adams writes: “Sosa is a deeply creative musician with an ex-traordinary harmonic sense. His piano playing is sui generis: it has obvious roots in Cu-ban music, but he’s taken his approach to the keyboard into completely new regions.”

Saxophone, Flute – Leandro Sain-Hil
Electric Bass – Childo Tomas
Drums – Raul Pineda

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“My Three Notes”
Omar Sosa

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Oct 11 2017


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350 Madison St, Detroit, MI 48226, USA

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