Havana d’Primera; Tuesday, June 4, 2013


Havana d’Primera
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Kuumbwa Jazz

“Every musician is an all-star.” – Timba.com

Havana d’Primera, like its name implies, represents the cream of the musical crop from Havana. Led by virtuoso trumpeter/vocalist Alexander Abreu, the group was formed five years ago. In that time, they have become the foremost purveyor of “timba,” the ’90s incarnation of Afro-Cuban folkloric dance rhythms mixed with Cuban pop music and American bebop/funk/r&b. Timba is high energy, funky rhythms and complex horn lines, at times breaking with the long held practice of playing “en clave,” the traditional five note rhythm underscoring most Cuban dance music. Havana d’Primera’s debut album, Hacienda Historia, has revitalized timba music for a new generation of fans. Their sophomore release, Pasaporte, has created more excitement than any other Cuban music release in years.

Hailing from the province of Cienfuegos, Alexander Abreu grew up in a musical family that encouraged his talent. Initially, young Alexander wanted to be an athlete, but his mother and teachers found that he had a special aptitude for music. His grandfather had taught him how to play Cuban guitar (the tres), but at age 11 he started trumpet lessons. At one point, he says he wanted to switch to studying flute, but the trumpet won out. In 1994, Abreu graduated from Havana’s ENA, a highly respected institution that has produced many of Cuba’s greatest musicians. Eventually, he became one of the school’s music professors.

Now considered the greatest trumpeter of his generation, Abreu has become timba music’s greatest crusader, as well. The migration of great musicians out of Cuba during the ’90s left a vacuum in its cultural heritage that he is determined to see filled. While living and working in Copenhagen, Denmark, he witnessed a performance by the Spanish Harlem Orchestra, a New York group dedicated to playing ’70s style salsa. Inspired by their success, Abreu decided to do the same for the ’90s timba sound, while incorporating the influences of son, pilon, funk, jazz, and even a touch of reggaeton into the mix. Featuring the elite of Cuba’s music makers, Havana d’Primera is all about the excitement and soulfulness of a musical heritage that is, once again, being enjoyed by audiences throughout the world.

Havana d’Primera

DATE: Tuesday, June 4, 2013
PLACE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIMES: 7:00 and 9:00 PM
PRICE: $26/Adv $29/Door, No Comps *
9:00 PM concert only: ½ Price Night for Students

TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at: http://www.kuumbwajazz.org
MORE INFO: http://www.kuumbwajazz.org or 831-427-2227

* Kuumbwa Cubana!

Special pricing for all 3 Kuumbwa Cubana Concerts
1. Havana d”Primera – June 4
2. Harold Lopez-Nussa Duo featuring Ruy Adrian Lopez-Nussa – June 12
3. Pedrito Martinez Group featuring Ariacne Trujillo – June 17
Call Kuumbwa Jazz to receive special pricing at 831-427-2227

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Sandy Sloan


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