Date(s) - 08/15/2019
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
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NOTE: Unfortunately due to visa issues, ¡Cubanismo! will not be able to perform at the SFJAZZ Center on August 15-18. The show will continue with Cuban timba pioneer Issac Delgado performing in their place.
A dazzling live performer who was mentored by legendary Cuban jazz pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Delgado helped pioneer the timba style (Havana’s tough, funky take on salsa) as lead singer of the wildly influential group NG La Banda in the late 1980s. Restlessly inventive, he has continually rewritten the rules of Caribbean dance music, constantly playing with time and tempo, employing jazz-inspired passages and mixing in cutting edge rhythms and avant-garde electronics. He defected to the U.S. for over a decade in the late 2000s, but recently returned to Havana where his fame has only grown more fervent over the years.
One of Cuba’s most famous stars and a respected musical innovator, GRAMMY-nominated vocalist Issac Delgado returns to SFJAZZ for the first time in nearly a decade with the U.S. premiere of material from his new Tropix Music release. Lluvia Y Fuego (Rain and Fire) brilliantly showcases the effect of his return to his homeland and a re-investment in traditional song forms. The recording features lushly arranged original compositions and tributes to timeless Cuban sonero Benny Moré and Puerto Rican salsa king Cheo Feliciano.
One of the best singers in the world—in any genre.
– THE NEW YORK TIMES
Innovation, improvisation, high musicianship and hard Afro-Cuban funk.
– THE NEW YORK TIMES
- Issac Delgado – vocals
- Yusef Diaz – keyboards
- Roberto Vazquez – bass
- Jose Julian Morejon – percussion
- Jose Angel Blanco – drums, timbal
- Jose Antonio Rodriguez – vocalist, music engineer
- Ariel Guillot – trombone
- Willmer Lorie – vocalist, percussion
- Luis Ernesto Delgado – trombone
- Edgar Martinez – congas
- Victor Campbell – piano
- Ivan Ivanovich Gonzalez – saxophones
- Daylen Rodriguez – vocalist
- Elpidio Chappottin – trumpet
- Lazaro Gonzalez – trumpet
Image by Gabriel Bianchini