Saturday, June 26, 2010

Tribute to Francisco Aguabella in LA - "The Legend Lives On"

SAT, JUNE 26 8:30P-1A $8
Steamers Jazz Club and Cafe
138 W. Commonwealth Ave
Fullerton, CA 92832
Ph: (714)871-8800

Aguabella's family has asked that Francisco's legacy will live on by continuing to present his hundreds of compositions carried on by his touring band.
"At Steamers, we proudly featured Francisco monthly for the last 14 years of his life. It was his home base, and we will continue to bring his music to you monthly," says Terence Love.
Benn Clatworthy will be the musical director, with longtime friend and fellow Cuban conguero, Nengue Hernandez taking the role of playing conguera and bata. Along with Jeff Goodkind on piano, Brian Wright on bass, Arturo Velasco on trombone, Jorge Carbonell on drums and Sal Cracchiolo on trumpet, the band has made a pledge to feature only Francisco's music, including performing never before released compositions live on stage!! Please help support this cause by attending and helping carry the torch.

Francisco Aguabella was a legendary figure in the contemporary Afro-Cuban Lucumi tradition.
A native of Matanzas, Cuba, Aguabella gained notice for his secular drumming in Havana nightclub bands, and for his mastery of the complex styles of Afro-Cuban ceremonial drumming. He was a world class artist, who performed with such legends as Tito Puente, Carlos Santana, Poncho Sanchez, Mongo Santamario, Dizzy Gillespie and Lionel Hampton. In 1992, he received a National Endowment of The Arts Fellowship in the area of folk arts, and has been lauded by the cities of San Francisco, Miami, and Los Angeles.
He is also the subject of a documentary by filmmaker Les Blank with Francis Ford Coppola's Zoetrope Studios. Lovers of Latin jazz will not want to miss the legacy Aquabella's impact on latin jazz music.

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