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Elio Villafranca

Born in the Pinar del Río province of Cuba, Steinway Artist, Grammy Nominated, and 2014 Jalc Millennium Swing Award! recipient 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 mid 1995, Elio Villafranca is at the forefront of the latest generation of remarkable pianists, composers and bandleaders. His concert Letters to Mother Africa was selected by NYC Jazz Record as Best Concerts in 2016. In 2015, Mr. Villafranca was among the 5 pianists hand picked by Chick Corea to perform at the first Chick Corea Jazz Festival, curated by Chick him self at JALC. Elio Villafranca’s new album Caribbean Tinge (Motema), received a 2014 Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik Nomination by the German Records Critics Award, as well has been selected by JazzTimes and DownBeat magazines for a feature on their very competitive section Editor’s Pick. He also received a 2010 Grammy Nomination in the Best Latin Jazz Album of the Year category. In 2008 The Jazz Corner nominated Elio Villafranca as pianist of the year. That year, Mr. Villafranca was also honored by BMI with the BMI Jazz Guaranty Award and received the first NFA/Heineken Green Ribbon Master Artist Music Grant for the creation of his Concerto for Mariachi, for Afro-Cuban Percussion and Symphony Orchestra. Finally, his first album, Incantations/ Encantaciones, featuring Pat Martino, Terell Stafford, and Dafnis Prieto was ranked amongst the 50 best jazz albums of the year by JazzTimes magazine in 2003.

Album

Standing by The Crossroads

Label: ArtistShare
Released: 2022
Track listing: Standing by The Crossroads; Habana Blues Chronicle; Solitaria; Panal de Abejas; Picture Window; I Belong to You; Keep the Eyes on the Bull; San Isidro - Part I; San Isidro _ Part II; Song for Freedom; Yo Soy Lori Oba; No Man's Land.

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News: Recording

Multi-Grammy Nominee & Guggenheim Fellow Elio Villafranca 'Standing By The Crossroads' Featuring Cécile McLorin Salvant! ArtistShare Project

Multi-Grammy Nominee & Guggenheim Fellow Elio Villafranca 'Standing By The Crossroads' Featuring Cécile McLorin Salvant! ArtistShare Project

Two time Grammy nominated Cuban jazz pianist and composer, and 2021 recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship Elio Villafranca, has created a new work for ArtistShare entitled Standing by the Crossroads. This piece, different than his previous work CINQUE, speaks about his own life experiences as an artist, growing up in the small town of San Luis, ...

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Article: Year in Review

2021: The Year in Jazz

Read "2021: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling


The jazz world continued grappling and adjusting in year two of the COVID-19 pandemic. International Jazz Day again went virtual for the most part. Singer Tony Bennett put the final stamp on his touring--and likely recording--career after his Alzheimer's disclosure. Trumpeter Irvin Mayfield was headed to federal prison. The National Endowment for the Arts welcomed four ...

Article: Profile

Frank Kimbrough: Un Ciclopico Omaggio

Read "Frank Kimbrough: Un Ciclopico Omaggio" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Kimbrough è l'ambizioso e ciclopico progetto discografico dedicato a Frank Kimbrough, il grande pianista e compositore scomparso il 30 dicembre 2020 a 64 anni. Prodotto da Elan Mehler della Newvelle Records, è stato realizzato da 67 musicisti che hanno inciso 61 composizioni di Kimbrough in differenti ensemble, dal piano solo al settetto. Molti dei protagonisti sono ...

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News: Performance / Tour

Elio Villafranca & The Jass Syncopators - Oct. 13 - Chelsea Table + Stage - NYC's Newest Hot-Spot. Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month!

Elio Villafranca & The Jass Syncopators - Oct. 13 -  Chelsea Table + Stage - NYC's Newest Hot-Spot. Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month!

CELEBRATING HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH! Elio Villafranca and The Jass Syncopators October 13th. One Night Only 7:00pm & 9:30pm Debut Performance at: Chelsea Table + Stage Hilton Fashion District Hotel 152 W 26th St, New York, NY 10001 212-434-0499 Elio Villafranca & The ...

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News: Performance / Tour

Chelsea Table + Stage: New York's New Hotspot

Chelsea Table + Stage: New York's New Hotspot

Chelsea Table + Stage is New York's newest hotspot for intimate dining and music. Offering a wide variety of American-fare menu items, with curated wine + cocktails, audiences can experience some of the best touring performers in the world featured alongside local emerging artists. Chelsea Table + Stage opens the doors to hospitality, entertainment, and enjoyment ...

Album

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.

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News: Book / Magazine

Cuban Pianist Elio Villafranca New Children's Book: Who Ate The Pie?

Cuban Pianist Elio Villafranca New Children's Book: Who Ate The Pie?

Two-time Grammy Nominated pianist and composer Elio Villafranca has expanded his creative universe to become an author with the release of his first Children’s Book WHO ATE THE PIE? WHO ATE THE PIE? offers children an interactive way to learn to recognize animals by the geometrical shapes of their footprints and by the sound each animal ...

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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 ...


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