Tonight and tomorrow evening check out two events that explore the harmonic links between NYC and Havana. Details are below….
Joining forces with the generous support of George Wein’s CareFusion Jazz Festival New York, we are thrilled to present the third installment of Habana | Harlem™ at Harlem Stage. Two nights of stellar performances produced by Neyda Martinez and Onel Mulet honor the legacy of the rich cross-cultural collaborations between Havana and New York, begun in the early 20th century and continuing unabated to this day.
Friday, June 25
Cultural Fusion: Past, Present and Future
In the tradition of Harlem Stage’s Harlem Stride program, this evening will feature a musical dialog between two world-renowned pianists – the New Orleans legend Henry Butler and Cuban sensation Osmany Paredes. The program will begin with curated selections from the late 20th century employing pieces from the “early jazz” period alongside ragtime, danzones, and habaneras to reveal and celebrate historical parallels.
Saturday, June 26 (standing room with limited seating)
UPTOWN NIGHTS with The Pedro Martinez Project featuring guest vocalists de’Adre aziza, Ihsan, Maria Isa, Nina Rodriguez, and DJ Cato.
The second component of “Cultural Fusion: Past, Present and Future” will introduce audiences to the singular vision and dynamic energy of Pedro Pablo Martinez’s newly formed Pedro Martinez Project. In his new role as bandleader, “Pedrito” (formerly of Yerba Buena) infuses the project with his unique brand Afro-Cuban funk with hip-hop inflections. Fans will groove, move and dance to his exciting new music.
For more information, and to purchase tickets, click here: George Wein’s CareFusion Jazz Fest. NY.