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Paquito D'Rivera and His Cuban Band Ring in New Year's at Dizzy's Club!

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Dizzy’s Club Celebrates New Year’s Eve!
Featuring:
Paquito D'Rivera & Cuban Jazz: The Next Generation
www.paquitodrivera.com
Paquito D’Rivera, alto saxophone/clarinet
Luis Mario Ochoa, guitar/vocals
Manuel Valera, piano
Oscar Stagnaro, bass
Ernesto Simpson, drums
Pedro Martinez, congas/percussion/vocals
Guest: Michael Rodriguez, trumpet

And
Antonio Madruga Quartet
(Antonio Madruga Bio)
Antonio Madruga, piano
Matt Fields, bass
Tony Pastranan congas, bongos
Sonny Jain, drums
At
Frederick P. Rose Hall
Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola
Broadway at 60th Street
NY, NY
212.258.9595
(Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola Website)
Todd Barkan, Programming Director
Scott Thompson, Press

Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
December 31, 2008


(See Paquito D'Rivera and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Present Latin Orchestral Rhythms and Song)

Every New Year’s Eve, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola holds a special three-set party, with the second set running though midnight. A countdown by Todd Barkan highlights the moment, with black and silver hats, noisemakers, and champagne. The New Year’s entertainment is provided by Paquito D’Rivera, world-renowned Cuban clarinetist/saxophonist/composer/bandleader, and this year he introduced his new Cuban Jazz: The Next Generation. Band members are: Paquito D’Rivera, on alto saxophone/clarinet, Luis Mario Ochoa, on guitar/vocals, Manuel Valera, on piano, Oscar Stagnaro, on bass, Ernesto Simpson, on drums, Pedro Martinez, on congas/percussion/vocals, and special guest, Michael Rodriguez, on trumpet.

The set opened with Dizzy Gillespie’s “A Night in Tunisia”, with Rodriguez leading the way in breezy vibrant trumpet tones, while Pedro Martinez was busy on congas and drums. Paquito took this opportunity to come right in on sax (with clarinet poised and ready), backed up by Manuel Valera on piano. Latin dance rhythms abounded, a full clavé mambo, and soon a duo emerged (percussion and sax). “Borat in Syracuse”, Paquito’s composition commissioned by Syracuse University, followed, with its exotic melody. Middle Eastern ambiance filled the Club, and Rodriguez took the brassy theme, merging into Paquito’s solo on clarinet. The exotic mood flew South of the Border, as Paquito lent his Latin skill in showcasing his work. An Ernesto Duarte danzón brought Paquito’s saxophone back to the mix, and a mellifluous rumba resounded, featuring Valera on piano. Martinez kept the rhythms smooth and syncopated.

At this point, Oscar Stagnaro switched from acoustic bass to electric, and the band kicked the beat up a few notches. Paquito’s clarinet added some jazzy melodies, with clips from popular ballads thrown in for humor. Speaking of humor, as always Paquito D’Rivera was charismatically entertaining and energized throughout the evening, adding jokes and anecdotes, brief but bubbly, suited to the occasion. Just when the mood was high, it soared higher, and Rodriguez took off on trumpet once more, infusing compelling dynamism. Martinez’ congas pulsated, and Paquito’s sax added mambo ornamentations in spinning dervish, greatly enhanced by Simpson on drums. Ochoa, on scintillating guitar and authentically resonant vocals, was featured on a song about a chalet, with Rodriguez getting a trumpet riff here as well. Stagnaro came in again on a very rich riff, supported by Valera on driven keys, while Simpson and Martinez built the rhythmic tension toward midnight, engaging the audience with danceable Latin lightning. Happy New Year!

The After Hours Set introduced a young jazz pianist, Antonio Madruga, with Florida-based Cuban roots. He was quite impressive and presented a great sound to follow the New Year’s revelry. “Georgia On My Mind” opened this set, with Sonny Jain on drums and Madruga on piano. “That’s All” was melancholy, smooth, and richly textured, a very midnight sound, seemingly evoking a mood beyond the young pianist’s years. Madruga’s interpretation, with romantic and reflective passages, was mature and melancholy. The spirit of this soulful set, with Latin inspired clavé, offered a mesmerizing Mambo moment. Tony Pastranan on congas and Matt Fields on bass never overwhelmed the much younger bandleader on persuasive piano. It was now well into New Year’s morning. Check the Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola Website for future dates and artists.



Todd Barkan and Ilene Glick Barkan
Photo Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower



Paquito D'Rivera's Cuban Jazz: The Next Generation
Photo Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower



Paquito D'Rivera's Cuban Jazz: The Next Generation
Photo Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower



Paquito D'Rivera's Cuban Jazz: The Next Generation
Photo Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower



Paquito D'Rivera's Cuban Jazz: The Next Generation
Photo Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower



Wynton Marsalis and Roland Chassagne, Dizzy’s Manager
Photo Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower



Roberta and Wynton Marsalis
Photo Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower



Wynton Marsalis and Ilene Glick Barkan
Photo Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower



Antonio Madruga Quartet
Photo Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower



Antonio Madruga Quartet
Photo Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower



Antonio Madruga Quartet
Photo Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower



Antonio Madruga Quartet
Photo Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower





For more information, contact Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower at zlokower@bestweb.net