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Elio Villafranca

Born in the Pinar del Río province of Western Cuba, pianist and composer Elio Villafranca was classically trained in percussion and composition at the Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana, Cuba. Since his arrival in the U.S. in late 1995, he has been involved in jazz and Latin jazz scenes on both the East and West Coasts. Based in New York City, he is resident professor at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. Elio on Tour Elio Villafranca is at the forefront of the latest generation of remarkable Cuban pianists, composers and bandleaders that for several years has been making major creative contributions to the international development of modern jazz

Todas las Voces

Label: Blue Fern Record​s
Released: 2020
Track listing: Canción con Todos; Desterado; Hills of Silver; Gracias ala Vida; Letters and Picture Frames; Bird on a String; Out of Words; Sólo le Pido a Dios; Let me Believe; Peace; BONUS TRACK: Exiled.

NEWS: RECORDING

TRRC Presents Eva Cortés "Todas Las Voces"—July 17th Debut Release With All-Star Band!

TRRC Presents Eva Cortés "Todas Las Voces"—July 17th Debut Release With All-Star Band!

TRRC Presents Eva Cortés Todas las Voces July 17th Debut Release with All-Star Band! “My music is nothing but a reflection of what my life has been." Honduran/Spanish singer, songwriter and composer Eva Cortés delivers a revelatory set of flamenco and blues-tinged Latin jazz on her newest record, Todas las Voces. Working ...

ARTICLE: WHAT IS JAZZ?

2020 Winter JazzFest Marathons: A Survival Guide

Read "2020 Winter JazzFest Marathons: A Survival Guide" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Believe it or not, it is that time of the year again! The holidaze are barely over and a new edition of Winter JazzFest is upon us. Knowing a jazz marathon is the perfect antidote to the holiday shopping and social marathons, producer Brice Rosenbloom and his cohorts have put together a program of gargantuan proportions. ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

2019 Grammy Nominee Elio Villafranca & The Jass Synopators Featuring Jeremy Pelt On February 16 - Essex Junction, Vermont And February 18-20 - Dizzy's Club

2019 Grammy Nominee Elio Villafranca & The Jass Synopators Featuring Jeremy Pelt On February 16 - Essex Junction, Vermont And February 18-20 - Dizzy's Club

2019 Grammy Nominee Elio Villafranca & the Jass Synopators featuring Jeremy Pelt February 16: Essex Junction, Vermont February 18-20: Dizzy's Club NYC Elio Villafranca & The Jass Syncopatorsc presents Life Stories cRare Vermont Appearance The Double E: T Rex Theater 21 Essex Way Essex Junction, VT 05425 Featuring: ...

Cinque

Label: ArtistShare
Released: 2019
Track listing: Cd 1: Mov. I: El Rey Del Congo “The King Of The Congo”; Narration 1; Cinque + Narration 2 (Part I); The Capture (Part II); Canto Gangá De Despedida; Narration 3; Trouble Waters (Part III); Mov. II; Rezo Congo; Maluagda (Part I); La Burla De Los Congos (Part II); Tambor Yuka/Saludo Gangá; Madre Agua (Part III); Mov. III: Indigo + Narration 4 (Part I); New Sky (Part II); Narration 5; The First Colony (Part II); Kongo.

Cd 2: Mov. IV: The Night At Bwa Kay Man (Part I); Palo Muerte–Llore; Kafou Ceremony; Narration 6; The Night Of Fire (Part II); Medley Of Congo Songs; Mèsy Bondye; Mov. V: Paseo (Part 1); Conga Y Comparsa (Part II); Live Congo; Canto Gangá a Yegbè De Despedida; Congo Story; Canto Congo A Capella–Maluagda; Palo De Muerto.

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Elio Villafranca Quintet Makes Their Debut At Smoke On October 24-27!

Elio Villafranca Quintet Makes Their Debut At Smoke On October 24-27!

2019 Grammy Nominee Pianist/Composer/Arranger ELIO VILLAFRANCA Debuts With His Quintet at Smoke NYC OCTOBER 24-27! Smoke Jazz and Supper Club 2751 Broadway New York, NY 10025 Phone: 212-864-6662 Elio Villafranca makes his quintet debut at Smoke with: Greg Tardy: tenor ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Elio Villafranca: Cinque

Read "Cinque" reviewed by Maurizio Zerbo

Questo doppio CD è dedicato alla memoria di Joseph Cinque, che nel 1839 capeggiò la rivolta degli schiavi africani imbarcati sulla nave Amistad con destinazione Cuba e le sue piantagioni di zucchero. È un progetto ambizioso sulla diaspora africana in cui la narrazione vocale delle vicende storiche ben si combina ad un sontuoso apparato musicale, articolato ...

Elio Villafranca Free Concert In Da Bronx On May 28th At 6pm - Debuts New Project: Don't Change My Name - Presented By The Bronx Arts Ensemble

Elio Villafranca  Free Concert In Da Bronx On May 28th At 6pm - Debuts New Project: Don't Change My Name - Presented By The Bronx Arts Ensemble

May 28th, 6pm at Barretto Point Park Debuts New Project: “Don't Change My Name" Presented by the Bronx Arts Ensemble Featuring Dreiser Durrutthy Bombale (vocal/percussion) Elio Villafranca: piano/compositions Freddie Hendrix: trumpet/flugelhorn Sam Dillon: clarinet, soprano/tenor saxophones James Burton III: trombone Peter Slavov: ...

NEWS: AWARD / GRANT

61st GRAMMY Awards: Jazz Winners

61st GRAMMY Awards: Jazz Winners

And the winners of the 2019 GRAMMY Awards are... 31. Best Improvised Jazz Solo For an instrumental jazz solo performance. Two equal performers on one recording may be eligible as one entry. If the soloist listed appears on a recording billed to another artist, the latter's name is in parenthesis for identification. Singles or Tracks only. ...


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