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Harold López-Nussa: Timba a la Americana

Tue, Oct 26 -
Wed, Oct 27, 2021




$30.50 ($6 Handling Fee Included) All purchases are nonrefundable/nonexchangeable.

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Night of show seating typically available.



KNKX and Dimitiriou's Jazz Alley welcome Harold López-Nussa in support of his new release "Te Lo Dije" for two nights. Band members are Harold López-Nussa (piano), Ruy López-Nussa (drums), Gregoire Maret (harmonica) and Luques Curtis (upright bass). Show times Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30pm. Doors at 6:00pm.

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“Young Harold López-Nussa is among the greatest pianists of Cuba.” – Havana Times

Walk the streets of Havana on any day and you’ll hear the soul of Cuba: music pouring from private homes and bustling restaurants, windows rattling with the parties thrown inside, nightclubs pulsing with throngs of people dancing. On his vibrant and spirited third recording for Mack Avenue Records, Havana-based pianist and composer Harold López-Nussa sets out to capture that stirring sensation with an exhilarating marriage of jazz and Cuban pop music, defiantly standing up to the doubters who failed to share his radical vision.

Much like its near equivalent in English, “I told you so,” the Spanish phrase “Te lo dije” can be deployed as a boast or a put-down – often both at once. López-Nussa throws down that gauntlet on Te Lo Dije, due out August 28 worldwide via Mack Avenue Records. The album features the pianist’s core quartet of his brother, drummer Ruy Adrián López-Nussa, bassist Julio César González and trumpeter Mayquel González, bolstered by a number of special guests including Afro-Cuban funk superstar Cimafunk; French accordionist Vincent Peirani; famed Cuban reggaeton vocalist Randy Malcom; and vocalist Kelvis Ochoa.

The combustible blend of Afro-Cuban and modern jazz that has marked all of the pianist’s acclaimed releases is enlivened by the sounds that thrill modern Cuban audiences: the Songo of the iconic band Los Van Van, the Mozambique of Pello el Afrokan, the reggaeton that has swept Latin America and the world since the late 90s. The results pulse with the lifeblood that runs through the streets of Havana.

"Harold López-Nussa is rapidly building a global following in jazz and beyond. His tight-knit quartet captivates audiences with a relentless vivaciousness that “bridges generations and genres” - Billboard. His music reflects the full range and richness of Cuban music, with its distinctive combination of classical, folkloric and popular elements, as well as its embrace of improvisation. López-Nussa has performed at esteemed venues The Kennedy Center and SFJAZZ Center, as well as some of the best jazz festivals in the world: Newport, North Sea, Monterey, Montréal, Detroit and Playboy.

Harold is excited to announce he will be accompanied by Grégoire Maret and Luques Curtis. Grégoire is a Grammy-winning harmonica player who has previously played alongside Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, Prince, and other legends. Luques is an upright bassist who's shared the stage with legends like Gary Burton and Eddie Palmieri. The two musicians will join Ruy López-Nussa, Harold's brother and longtime drummer to fill out the band.

Harold and Ruy have performed with both Gregoire and Luques on previous occasions but this will be the first tour with all four on the stage together. Their blend of influences and experience is sure to make for a spirited and exciting performance.

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