Tuesday, 29th September
Eliane Correa & En El Aire Project
With one foot in soul and jazz and one foot in contemporary Havana, Eliane Correa & En El Aire Project brings to London a fresh redefinition of the innovations that are happening in the Cuban music of the here and now. With Esperanza Spalding-inspired vocal lines, Los Van Van-style grooving montunos and a tinge of Afro-Cuban folkloric music, they reinvent the idea of “Cuban jazz" into something unexpected.
Wednesday, 30th September
J-Sonics (album launch)
One of London’s hottest groove-jazz band J-Sonics perform their favourite Latin-Funk, Brazilian and Jazz classics with special guest singer Grace Rodson. Mixing up their super-charged originals – including their new single 'Samba House' – alongside classics by Tania Maria, Flora Purim and Ed Motta this will be the perfect mix of funky grooves and timeless melodies, all with a distinctly Latin flavour. Led by bassist and composer Mike Flynn J-Sonics features some of London's finest musicians – all solo artists in their own right – but all collaborating within J-Sonics' dynamite mix of burning originals and re-tooled Latin, Brazilian and funk classics.
Thursday, 1st October
Afro-Cuban Gospel Project with Alex Wilson & Nicky Brown
Gospel voices with Afro-Cuban power! Festival curator Alex Wilson is well known for his mix of gospel, soul and salsa sounds and in 2009 he guested with the 80-strong Ruach Choir led by maestro Nicky Brown. (watch here). The London Latin Jazz Fest 2015 presents the first full premiere of a new and unique collaboration which will bring rich gospel songs stamped with Alex’s unique salsoul trademark for this very special project ... not to be missed.
Friday, 2nd October
Dorance Lorza & Sexteto Cafe
Dorance Lorza & Sexteto Cafe have been one of the leading bands in the vibrant and exciting London salsa scene since they formed in 1996. Pioneering the worldwide “salsa con vibes” revival of the late 1990s, they were one of the first bands in Europe to favour the small combo salsa sound of 1960s/70s bands like Joe Cuba Sextet, New Swing Sextet and Pete Terrace Combo rather than that of the more common big brass-heavy salsa orchestras of the day.
Saturday, 3rd October
Omar Puente ‘Havana Class 86’
Rarely seen in London, violinist Omar Puente’s Cuban quartet is a reunion of Havana school friends featuring the internationally acclaimed pianist Oriente Lopez based in New York and the double bass player Felipe Cabreras based in France. Playing original material by the three soloists as well as classical Cuban music, this is an evening not to miss, and a coup for the LLJF – Book early!