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Habana Sax

"A quintet of Cuban jazz musicians on saxophone and percussion with an amazing array of styles... with its vibrant performance of Afro-Cuban, Caribbean, Salsa, Latin jazz and Brazilian rhythms, Habana Sax represents the continuing evolution of the fiercely energetic music of Cuba... The five members of Habana Sax are graduates of the prestigious Superior Institute of Art and Culture of Cuba and are all highly esteemed Cuban music professors. Although the group considers itself a jazz ensemble, it notes that like jazz itself, its musical experimentation is rooted in traditional music forms. Habana Sax’s distinct sound is the result of its taking traditional disciplines to the edge in ongoing experimental endeavor.

Habana Sax came together in the late ‘80s as a classical saxophone quartet at Havana’s Superior Institute of Art and Culture when cofounder Jorge Luis Almeida, a faculty member there, picked three of his star pupils to form the ensemble. Later additions of a percussionist ( in order to add traditional Cuban music to their repertoire) and then a drummer, prompted the band to turn entirely to modern jazz. According to Almeida, “Our sound is difficult to describe since it doesn’t fit a specific school of music...we do a full show where we dance, we sing, we play our instruments....” Habana Sax’s show has been described as a wild and glorious journey where African chants may suddenly spin into salsa and without warning salsa becomes the opening movement of a traditional symphonic composition that abruptly becomes a richly textured based jazz piece anchored in pounding Latin percussion." -- Smoky Mountain News

Havana Sax Bio

American audiences are about to experience the next wave of Cuban musical magic. Habana Sax is set to embark on its first North American tour in early 2001.

The reintroduction of Cuban rhythms after forty years of isolation has taken the U.S. by storm. The wonderful sounds of Buena Vista Social Club and the various traditional Cuban artists who have toured in and around that success has set the stage for round two of this continuing musical adventure.

Habana Sax is anything but traditional. Representing the evolution and confluence of Afro-Cuban, Caribbean, Salsa, Latin jazz, and Brazilian rhythms this quintet delivers an amazing array of tantalizing styles. The finished product is a breathtaking and highly energized concert experience.

The five members of Habana Sax are graduates of the prestigious Superior Institute of Art and Culture of Cuba. Although the group considers itself a jazz ensemble it must be noted that, like jazz itself, their musical experimentation is rooted in traditional music forms. Taking different traditional disciplines to the edge of experimental endeavor has given Habana Sax a decidedly different and distinct sound.

Schedule (updated 3/9/03)

03/13/03 Ashville, NC Diana Wortham Theatre

03/28/03

Annapolis, MD

Maryland Hall

03/29/03

Rahway, NJ

Union County Arts Center

2001

The Cuban Jazz group "Habana Sax" will be touring the east coast during October. The tour dates are as follows:

Oct 12

The Empire Theatre (the EGG) Albany, NY

Oct 13

The State Theatre New Brunswick, NJ

Oct 17

Grand Opera House Wilmington, DE

Oct 18

Maryland Center for the Arts Annapolis, MD

Oct 20

Ridgefield Playhouse Ridgefield, CT

Oct 24

Garde Arts Center New London, CT

 

Links

www153.pair.com/bensav/Interpretes/HabanaSax.html

www.smokymountainnews.com/issues/03_03/03_05_03/art_habana_sax.html

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