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Latin jazz legend Juan DeMarcos and his Afro-Cuban All Stars perform the Sierra Maestra composition “Ensalada de Congas Orientales” during their concert on July 23, 2022 as part of Summer Sessions 2022, broadcast on Fridays Live.
About the concert:
After gaining international fame for reviving the classic sound of Cuban son, tres master Juan de Marcos turned the Afro-Cuban All Stars into a sensational showcase for Cuba’s most prodigious young musicians.
While long revered in Latin America and Europe as a founding member of Cuba’s great son revival band Sierra Maestra, de Marcos first gained notice in the US as founder of the Buena Vista Social Club. It was de Marcos who assembled Ibrahim Ferrer, Eliades Ochoa, Ruben Gonzalez and the rest of the crew for Ry Cooder when he came to Havana looking for illustrious old timers. But de Marcos is just as interested in promoting Cuba’s brilliant young musicians as in highlighting Cuba’s senior talent. The Afro-Cuban All Stars not only features a multi-generational cast, but the group also draws on both classic Cuban styles like son and danzón and contemporary dance rhythms like timba. “What I’m trying to do is create a bridge between contemporary and traditional Cuban music,” de Marcos says. “I’m trying to mix both things so people can realize that Cuban music didn’t stop in time, that it developed in this long period when Cuban music disappeared from the market.”
Juan de Marcos Gonzalez: tres, vocals
Julio Diaz: trumpet, flugelhorn
Carlos Frank Iraola: trumpet, flugelhorn
Carlos Javier "Averhoff" Fernández: tenor and baritone saxophones
Hery Paz: tenor saxophone, flute
Orlando Cardoso: piano
Barbaro Perez: bass
Tany Allende: congas
Asley Rosell: bongo, cowbell
Caleb Michel: timbales
Emilio Suarez: vocals
Alberto Alberto: vocals
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