“Fiery, lyrical, and impossibly virtuosic”– such has been called master Cuban percussionist, Joaquín Pozo’s style. Christened “El Pulpo” (The Octopus) because it is said his two-handed style rivals the eight hands of four drummers, Pozo comes from a lineage of Cuban musicians influential in the development of Afro-Latin jazz sound. The Havana-native, recent Harlem-transplant holds distinction for his singular style, a uniquely melodic approach to the congas. Over the past 35 years, Pozo has honed his traditional and popular chops mastering folkloric forms like rumba and modern forms like jazz. As a bandleader and sideman, his music has led him across four continents and his discography spans a dozen recordings. As highly revered composer and educator, Pozo’s musical mastery and versatility puts in a league of his own. After hearing his instantly recognizable reverberations one understands why Joaquin Pozo’s sound has been imitated yet never duplicated.
Featuring: Joaquin Pozo – congas/timbal, Marcello Casagrandi – piano, Jorge Jimenez – cascara/campañas, Michael Pallas – trombone, and Carlos Mena – bass
1st set: 7:00pm – 7:45pm (15-min break) 2nd set: 8:00 – 8:45pm
House doors open at 6:30pm