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ARTICLE: RADIO

A conversation with Elio Villafranca

Read "A conversation with Elio Villafranca" reviewed by Lorens Chuno

Pianist and composer, Elio Villafranca's new album, Cinque is the product of an earnest and careful execution of creativity. This album seamlessly educates and entertains, and in the same breath invites the listener to introspect.

Join me as I talk with the Cuban pianist about Cinque, Cuba, Childish Gambino, and other carefully related ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Spoken Jazz & New Releases

Read "Spoken Jazz & New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Spoken word is performance art that goes hand in hand with jazz because words often sound great and notes can speak loud and clear. In this episode we will explore the best of it, together with outstanding new releases that are making our summer even hotter than it already is!

Happy listening!

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Elio Villafranca Launches Cinque World Tour! Australia To Mexico

Elio Villafranca Launches Cinque World Tour! Australia To Mexico

Cinque will be on a Worldwide Tour this year and the next, with performances in: Australia Friday, Sept 7, Nexus Arts Centre, Adelaide
Saturday, Sept 8, Wharf, Ulverstone, Tasmania
Wednesday, Sept 12, Darlinghurst Theatre Company's Eternity Playhouse, Darlinghurst Mexico Wednesday, Nov. 6 Instalaciones del ITESO Guadalajara, Mexico Sydney Adelaide Elio Villafranca voted: DownBeat Winner- Rising Star- Keyboard and 4.5-star ...

Elio Villafranca: Five Islands & A Revolt

Read "Elio Villafranca: Five Islands & A Revolt" reviewed by John Ephland

The setting was Systems Two, a well-known, state-of-the-art recording studio in Brooklyn. The sessions, occurring over five days in May (7-11) 2017, were set up to record Cuban pianist/composer Elio Villafranca's sixth album, the elaborate and thoroughly rehearsed double-CD Cinque (artistShare), the music previously performed in shows at Lincoln Center in 2015.

Present at ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Elio Villafranca - 2018 Downbeat 2018 Critics Poll Winner "Rising Star - Keyboard" And 4.5-star Review For "Cinque"!

Elio Villafranca - 2018 Downbeat 2018 Critics Poll Winner "Rising Star - Keyboard" And 4.5-star Review For "Cinque"!

Cinque features Wynton Marsalis, Lewis Nash, Vincent Herring, Steve Turre, Greg Tardy & Freddie Hendrix. Elio Villafranca has just been announced as DownBeat Critics Poll Winner- “Rising Star- Keyboard" and also received a 4.5-star review for Cinque! He was recently interviewed on Univision 41 and is featured on Loren Chuno's Doing Jazz Podcast. Cinque is a five movement ...

NEWS: EVENT

Great Tastes Meet Good Taste At Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City Jazz Brunch Every Sunday

Great Tastes Meet Good Taste At Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City Jazz Brunch Every Sunday

Promoting both individual and communal expression, Jazz is a particularly American art form. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City, in association with Jazz producer Joe Donofrio, have prepared a full-spectrum Jazz brunch experience; where contemporary and classic Jazz will mingle with the sounds of culinary satisfaction at the hotel’s brand new Hard Rock Cafe for ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Dan Monaghan: The Man Behind The Swing

Read "Dan Monaghan: The Man Behind The Swing" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Dan Monaghan is a working drummer who makes an indispensable contribution to the music by being the one who provides the swing and support that allows the other musicians to achieve their diverse objectives. He performs so often in the Philadelphia area that if you go to a jazz show, there's a fair chance he'll be ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Bruce Harris: Beginnings

Read "Beginnings" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Many a debut album receives a largely positive critique before being cut down to size with a qualifier. It's simply a jazz journalist's nature to paint newcomers as nascent talent in need of seasoning, players showing signs of potential, or artists taking a good first step with a first record. But sometimes a debut album is ...

Take Five with Julian Hartwell

Read "Take Five with Julian Hartwell" reviewed by Julian Hartwell

About Julian Hartwell
Julian Hartwell is a sought-after pianist, composer, bandleader, and educator based in jny: Philadelphia, PA. He is inspired by many styles of music which all contribute to his distinctive sound, both solo and in a group setting. For the past 12 years he has performed throughout a wide swath of the ...

NEWS: EVENT

Elio Villafranca With All-Star Band & String Quartet - March 31 At Aaron Davis Hall - "Cuba - Senegal: Letters To Mother Africa II"

Elio Villafranca With All-Star Band & String Quartet - March 31 At Aaron Davis Hall - "Cuba - Senegal: Letters To Mother Africa II"

CUBAN PIANIST ELIO VILLAFRANCA- ALL-STAR BAND WITH STRING QUARTET & MORE. HEADLINES AT AARON DAVIS HALL ON MARCH 31ST Cuba- Senegal: Letters to Mother Africa II, acclaimed pianist-composer's ode to Cuba and Africa! City College Center for the Arts on Friday, March 31, at 7:30 p.m. Piano sensation Elio Villafranca heads to the City College Center for the Arts ...