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The Edsel Gomez Quartet Live at J&R Music World Live Broadcast on WBGO Tuesday, February 22nd, 2006 at 12:30 p.m.


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Live at J&R Music World: Edsel Gomez Quintet
Park Row, New York, N.Y. 10038 (across from City Hall Park)

Live Broadcast on WBGO
Tuesday, Feb. 21stat 12:30 p.m.
Hosted by Midday Jazz host Rhonda Hamilton

On Tuesday, February 22nd, you'll have a chance to hear someone with what we call a “serious ear." Pianist Edsel Gomez first fell for music while growing up in Puerto Rico. Now internationally recognized as one of the leading Latin jazz artists on the scene, Edsel Gomez will delight your ear when his quartet performs live at J&R Music World and WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 21st.

As a youngster, Edsel would meticulously listen to his sister's piano lessons. He'd then take a seat behind the keys himself, and play by ear the rhythms and chords he'd overheard. Eventually, Edsel immersed himself in the blazing “montuno" playing style of his idol, pianist and composer Eddie Palmieri. What came next was what many adults wouldn't dare to do: he formed his own salsa band at age 9! It was in his teen years that his jazz interests piqued, leading him to study at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. While in Boston, he started playing with heavy-weights like Claudio Roditi, Billy Pierce, and Don Byron.

Edsel Gomez on Piano
Greg Tardy on tenor sax and clarinet
Howard Britz on bass
Antonio DeVivo on drums

Gomez's personal approach to fusing jazz, Latin, and Brazilian music makes him a versatile musical partner to musicians all over the world. We'll be treated to live renditions of tracks from his new album, Cubist Music (ZoHo Music), produced by long-time friend Don Byron. Cubist Music features Edsel's original compositions performed by a stellar group including Don Byron, saxophonists David Sanchez, Steve Wilson, Greg Tardy, and Miguel Zenon, bassist Drew Gress and Bruce Cox on drums.

Edsel Gomez's new CD is “Cubist Music" on the Zoho Music label.

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