Program

Friday, October 13 2017

Axel Tosca Trio

Friday, October 13
8PM to 10PM
It was a fore gone conclusion, that Pianist, Composer, Producer, Arranger Axel Tosca Laugart, was destine to be a musician. Born in Cuba to Cuban singer/folkloric songwriter Albert Tosca, and world renown Cuban vocalist Xiomara Laugart, his musical influences were everywhere, and his fate was sealed. His first interest was the guitar, but by the age of 7 he found his calling with the piano. Studying diligently under the guidance of Miriam Valdez, who is the sister of pianist/virtuoso Chucho Valdez, and Rosa Marie Talon, Axel's technique and style started to evolve. He began his formal training at the prestigious Paulita Concepcion Elementary School of Music and graduated as a teenager from the equally well known Amadeo Roldan Provincial School Of Music. In between at the age of 15,Axel immersed himself in the revolutionary Timba and the Hip Hop music scenes of Havana, which resulted in him performing with the legendary Quest Love and the Roots. In 2005 on the advice of Timbalero Amadito Valdez of the Buena Vista Social Club, Axel decided to move to the United States, as part of the world touring company of "Havana Nights", that performed in Las Vegas for two consecutive years. During his time in Las Vegas, Axel was spotted by George Clinton of Parliament/Funkedelic, and was asked to rehearse with the band, which resulted in Axel performing with P-Funk in Washington DC on December 31, 2007, and B.B. Kings in New York City shortly thereafter. When he relocated to New York City in 2009, Axel was awarded a scholarship to finish his Bachelor's Degree in Music at the New School Of Contemporary Jazz/Parsons University. During that time, he started his first band, (U)nity, with drummer Amaury Acosta. (U)nity has been together for 7 years, which produced two albums; "Peace, Love, and Music and "(U)nity Is Power". He also produced two of his mothers solo albums, "La Voz" and "Tears And Rumba" HIs debut release as a leader "AXEL TOSCA" is available on ALFI Records.

Valery Ponomarev "Our Father Who Art Blakey" Big Band Blakey Birthday Celebration

Friday, October 13
10PM & Midnight

"Our Father Who Art Blakey," aka Valery Ponomarev Jazz Big Band –

- aka VPJBB - is the "best kept secret" on the modern jazz horizon today. The music of the band projects into the future the spirit set forth by the best Blue Note Artists of the 50s and 60s, covering the transformation of acoustic jazz music from those times until today.

 

The musicians in the band are the most respected and successful young musicians on the jazz scene today. But regardless of who is in the band at the present moment, the music of the band, from the very first sounds, mesmerizes the audience. It doesn't take long before sparkles in the form of applause, tapping feet, shaking heads, yelling and screaming start flying around the air in response to the music. From the audience - back to the stage, from the stage to the audience and back again. By the end of a concert, an alternating current is set at its highest peak, reigning supreme. Musicians, music and the audience blend in one dazzling alloy where it doesn't matter what component of the alloy you are, as long as you are a part of it. Long after a performance is over, the listener is still under the spell, reliving again and again the magic of creating beauty.

This is the kind of a band which reminds the audience that emotion, ability to think and feel, not computer generated artificiality, puts us humans one whole step above the rest of the Animal Kingdom.

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82 West 3rd Street (btw Thompson & Sullivan) Greenwich Village New York NY 10012 tel. 212-477-ZINC (9462) Open 7 days: 6pm-2:30am weeknights 6pm-3am weekends

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