Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Bill O'Connell and The Latin Jazz Allstars at Dizzy's Coca Cola, Aug 28th
Monday, August 28th - Shows 7:30 & 9:30pm
Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola
Broadway and 60th Street, 5th Floor
Set Times: 7:30 & 9:30pm nightly
Reserve by phone: (212) 258-9595
In person after 6pm daily at the club
Cover: $30, Student: $20
With saxophonist and flutist Steve Slagle, trombonist Conrad Herwig, pianist Bill O’Connell, bassist Yunior Terry, drummer Robby Ameen, and conga player Roman Diaz.
“From its surging beginning to its aspirational finale, pianist Bill O’Connell’s [and The Latin Jazz All-Stars’]Heart Beatdelivers rich, layered work… it starts hot and gets hotter.” –DownBeat
Bill O’Connell is an award-winning pianist, keyboardist, composer, and arranger celebrated in both Latin and contemporary jazz. Since becoming Mongo Santamaría’s keyboardist in 1977, O’Connell has performed with, led, and arranged for such heavyweights as Astrud Gilberto, Sonny Rollins, Paquito D’Rivera, and Chet Baker, and he recorded over a dozen albums with the Grammy Award-winning flutist Dave Valentín.
Creed Taylor introduced me to Bill O’Connell, who was signed to CTI in 1993 (after Creed heard him playing on a studio session with the late bassist Charles Fambrough, "The Charmer") and released the acclaimed solo album "Lost Voices," recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studio. He is also featured on Fambrough's "Blues At Bradley's," released by CTI on CD, VHS and LaserDisc formats.
Bill is one of the modern greats as both a player and writer, and The Latin Jazz All-Stars, his primary band, truly lives up to its name. What better way to spend a hot Monday night?