Proverb Trio featuring Dafnis Prieto, Kokayi and Jason Lindner, Friday, November 16, 2012


Proverb Trio featuring Dafnis Prieto  (drums), Kokayi (vocals, poetry) and Jason Lindner (keyboards)
Friday, November 16
Kuumbwa Jazz

“…a revolutionary drummer.” – Drumhead Magazine

Cuban powerhouse drummer Dafnis Prieto accomplishes with two hands what should seemingly take an entire team of percussionists. His unequaled rhythmic sensibilities have ranked him at the top of his field, and his bandleader abilities are helping to usher in a new era and style of Latin jazz. Combining avant-garde sensibilities with impeccable grooves and technique, Prieto’s leadership allows for never-ending possibility.  Proverb Trio includes Jason Lindner on keyboards, as well as the vocals, lyrics, and poetry of the Grammy-nominated songwriter Kokayi.

The virtuosic Prieto has been working stateside for less than a decade, but has quickly ascended to the top of the jazz scene.  His recent bandleader duties have ushered in an exciting new direction in the advancement of Latin jazz, exemplified by his new record and tour with the Proverb Trio, which finds Washington D.C. vocalist/rapper Kokayi and native Brooklynite and pianist Lindner adding to the excitement and constituting a trio rich in experimentation and musical successes.

“I’ve always felt great playing there” says Prieto of Kuumbwa.  “The acoustics…really help the music to come through.”  Prieto also states that “the special characteristic of Proverb Trio is that we do not have a preconceived idea of what will happen on stage…it is the beauty, the elegance and the challenge of this project, [that] the audience will hear…what we’ll be playing for the first time and maybe last, so it is a unique moment for all of us.”

Proverb Trio is currently promoting their new self-titled 2012 album, which features 12 songs recorded in New York City, and released on Prieto’s own Dafnison Music label.  This album, and every step of the way marks a new direction for Prieto and the trio, and each direction is intriguing and with a great groove, no less.

Proverb Trio featuring Dafnis Prieto, Kokayi  and Jason Lindner

DATE: Friday, November 16, 2012
PLACE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIME: 7:30 PM
PRICE: $20/Adv $23/Door, ½ Price Night for Students
TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at:
MORE INFO: or 831-427-2227

Media contact:
Chris DiGirolamo

(631) 298-7823

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