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Juan De Marcos one of the founding members of The Buena Vista Social Club

Featuring his 17-piece Orchestra The Afro-Cuban Allstars

Presented by KEXP's Wo' Pop

Thu, Jun 5 -
Sun, Jun 8, 2014

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KEXP’s Wo’ Pop and the Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley welcome Cuban jazz legend Juan de Marcos and his Grammy-nominated Afro-Cuban All Stars for four nights! Band members are Juan de Marcos (guitar and vocals), Gliceria Abreu (percussion) Laura Lydia Gonzalez (clarinets), Julio Diaz (trumpet and flugelhorn), Yoanny Pino (trumpet and flugelhorn), Yaure Muniz (trumpet and flugelhorn), Jiovanni Cofino (bass), Caleb Michel (timbale), Gliceria Gonzalez (vibes, coros and keyboard), Jose Crego (piano), Jose “Tony” Moreaux (bongo & cowbell), Tany Allende (congas), and Emilio Suarez (vocals). Show times Thursday at 7:30p, Friday and Saturday 7:30p and 9:30p and Sunday at 7:30p. Doors open at 5:30p all nights.

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Juan De Marcos has arranged, conducted, produced or co-produced more than 25 albums. His work with the Afro-Cuban All Stars has been nominated for 4 Grammys, and the band was hailed by Downbeat Magazine for its continued excellence. De Marcos has been responsible for creating, conducting, producing and co-producing some of the most important and seminal recordings of 20th century Cuban music, including the widely acclaimed Buena Vista Social Club.

In 1996, De Marcos’s signature group, The Afro-Cuban All Stars, recorded A Toda Cuba le Gusta (Grammy-nominated in 1998). This was the first album to be recorded during the now-legendary Buena Vista Social Club sessions, which DeMarcos conducted and orchestrated. The Afro-Cuban All Stars are the same orchestra that can be seen in those distinct performances captured in the famous Oscar-nominated Buena Vista Social Club documentary by Wim Wenders.

The Afro-Cuban All Stars is a unique orchestra that has always been devoted to promoting the full range of Cuban music, one that embraces several generations and all musical styles. The band has opened the doors to a new generation by incorporating young musicians into the band. With The Afro-Cuban All Stars, De Marcos has developed a concept more than simply creating a band. His approach has allowed him to expand the creative range by incorporating contemporary styles of Cuban music.

The recent plans for the Afro-Cuban All Stars include the recording this year of the albums Breaking the Rules & Step Backward. This documents de Marcos’ latest project, where he has gathered the most remarkable expatriate Cuban musicians from around the world. Never content to take things easy, de Marcos continues to develop promising new ideas for Cuban music, which is evolving in exciting ways. As De Marcos himself says, “We have to use all the heritage of Cuban music to create a sound of the future. It’s important to have that continuity and to fight for our identity.”


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