Ah, my poor Blogger babies, how I've neglected you.
Where have I been? Well, in the words of a certain West Coast hermano: PLOTTING.
Lookie what Uncle Rich is doing next Thursday. OH YEAH, you will be there. The laundry can wait til the weekend.
I will see you all HERE.....
Thursday, August 30th @ 7pm
MARTÍN ESPADA'S 50TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
The Bowery Poetry Club
308 Bowery (between Bleecker and Houston)
F Train to 2nd Ave., 6 Train to Bleecker Street
Hosted by Rich Villar of the Acentos Bronx Poetry Showcase
and presented by the louderARTS Project, Acentos, and Salon Lucero
Suggested Donation $5 (no one will be turned away)
An evening of poetry and Latin Jazz to celebrate a dear friend, mentor, and compañero poeta. Readings by Yusef Komunyakaa, Gerald Stern, Kimiko Hahn, Rigoberto Gonzalez, Sandra Maria Esteves, Patricia Smith, and many more!
With musical guests: Bobby Sanabria and Quarteto Aché
ABOUT BOBBY SANABRIA:
Drummer, percussionist, composer, arranger, recording artist, producer, educator and multiple Grammy nominee BOBBY SANABRIA has performed with a veritable Who's Who in the world of jazz and Latin music, as well as with his own critically acclaimed ensembles. His diverse recording and performing experience includes work with such legendary figures as Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente, Paquito D'Rivera, Charles McPherson, Mongo Santamaría, Ray Barretto, Marco Rizo, Arturo Sandoval, Chico O'Farrill, Candido, Francisco Aguabella, Larry Harlow, Henry Threadgill, and the Godfather of Afro-Cuban Jazz, Mario Bauzá.
Peter Brainin - tenor, soprano sax, flute, percussion, vocals
Enrique Haneine - piano, vocals, percussion
Alex Hernandez - acoustic bass, vocals, percussion
Bobby Sanabria - musical director, drums, vocals, percussion
"... from yoruban spirituality to blues to jazz fusion to Frank Zappa. Bobby Sanabria & Quarteto Aché is all that and more, further exploring the link between John Coltrane and African polyrhythms, spanish Moors and Puerto Rican jibaros."
-Ed Morales - Newsday
"Bobby Sanabria's group Quarteto Aché gives a good impression of where Latin jazz has come to, from a musical and historical point of view...it is rambunctious, well-schooled, propulsive, slangy, and above all histoically literate... this band rockets between bop, straight-up and charging, to the languorous bolero, to galloping Cuban timba, to rhythms from Puerto Rico, and Brasil and the Caribbean..."
-Ben Ratliff - The NY Times
The louderARTS Project is a not-for-profit arts corporation committed to developing constructive and challenging spaces for artists to create, critique, present, and teach poetry.
p.s. NO I haven´t forgetten about Lavoe. I'm writing.