Fidel Nadal + Ozomatli Latin Alternative Music Conference Celebrate Brooklyn Brooklyn, NY
Playing before a numerous crowd in Prospect Park, Argentinean-born Fidel Nadal (on his New York debut as a solo artist) took the stage with a set that reflected his influencesdeep roots reggae with a few nods to the South American variations of the genre. He was backed by a tight seven-piece band, and had a strong stage presence that immediately won the audience, who was there for Ozomatli, the evening's headliner.
Throughout the show, he sang about peace, understanding among people of different races (his father was an activist for Afro-Argentinean civil rights in his native country). Among the tunes was "International Love," a hit single included on the tracks selected for FIFA's 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
After a short break, the Los Angeles-based band took the stage by storm with their genre-bending blend of hip-hop, Latin music, rock, funk and Middle Eastern music. Kicking off with a rap-inflected tune, they sent shout-outs to Brooklyn and did a call-and-response thing with the crowd, who were completely involved with the ensemble's music.
They followed that with a cumbia-funk blend (sung in Spanish) that showcased percussionist Jiro Yamaguchi and saxophonist/vocalist Ulises Bela. The band is incredibly versatile, and they proved that by performing both Indian and Klezmer-inspired tunes (both with Bela on lead vocal). Singer/percussionist Justin Poree was the most visible member as he added his rap vocals to most of the numbers.
Ozomatli is among small number of bands who are able to bridge most genre gaps. Among the crowd were people who had no understanding of Spanish but who were dancing to every song while trying to keep up with the melodies. With their willingness to embrace various musical styles, they prove that music really has no barriers, specially if one can keep an open mind.
I fell in love with jazz through my dad Bobby Hirst who was a jazz pianist for over 50 years around the UK and Europe. He was such a modest man but an incredible musician. I tinkered with piano but found myself drawn to guitar after listening to Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass and Kenny Burrell
I fell in love with jazz through my dad Bobby Hirst who was a jazz pianist for over 50 years around the UK and Europe. He was such a modest man but an incredible musician. I tinkered with piano but found myself drawn to guitar after listening to Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass and Kenny Burrell. Misty by Erroll Garner is one of my favourite tracks. My current choice of guitars are Gibson ES335 & ES175 although I only own Epiphone copies at present. I also play classical guitar and love to play jazz on them. I have recently moved to Leeds from York and hoping to meet new friends in the jazz community.