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Juan-Carlos Formell

Juan Carlos Formell is a musician that combines the musical traditions of his native Cuba with influences from throughout the Caribbean and Latin America along with the flavor and sophistication of New York, where he has resided for nearly two decades. Internationally recognized as an innovative troubadour, gifted composer, and an inspired multi-instrumentalist, his discography and list of collaborations sets him apart as one of the most accomplished cosmopolitan artists on the scene today.

Raised in Cuba in one of the most prominent families in Cuban music, he represents the fourth generation of musicians in the Formell family. His father, bassist Juan Formell, is the founder and leader of the seminal Cuban group Los Van Van, an ensemble that has been instrumental in defining the sound of Cuban music for the past forty years.

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Los Van Van at Davies Symphony Hall

Read "Los Van Van at Davies Symphony Hall" reviewed by Harry S. Pariser

Los Van Van Davies Symphony Hall SFJAZZ Festival San Francisco, CA August 14, 2015 Cheers erupted as Randall Kline, Founder and Co-Executive Director of SFJAZZ, began to introduce the evening's entertainment. Cheers from more than two thousand audience members overpowered Kline as the musicians came onstage, eleven in total, and ...

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54th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival September 16 - 18

The 54th Monterey Jazz Festival, three-time winner of the JazzTimes Readers poll for “World's Best Jazz Festival" takes place September 16 to September 18 at the Monterey Fairgrounds, home to the Festival for 54 consecutive years. Described as “a cultural colossus" by the San Jose Mercury News and “a mecca for true jazz fans" by the ...

La Calles del Paraiso

Label: EMI Music
Released: 2002
Track listing: Las Calles del Para

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Juan-Carlos Formell: La Calles del Paraiso

Read "La Calles del Paraiso" reviewed by William Grim

If I were forced to categorize the music of Juan-Carlos Fromell I'd have to call it “Cuban-Lite." It has Spanish lyrics and the rhythms are latin-based, but it lacks the emotional intensity that we have come to expect from Cuban music. It is also overly produced, in much the same manner as so-called “smooth jazz." While ...

Songs from a Little Blue House

Label: Wicklow
Released: 1999
Track listing: Agua Duice; Canto del Deltín; Flores; Agua Bendita; Pajarillo; Cuba Serà Libre; Palo de Guayaba; Siguraya; Cangrejo; La Vaquita; Boda en el Bosque; Mango Mangüey; Regreso de Jicotea.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Juan Carlos Formell: Songs from a Little Blue House

Read "Songs from a Little Blue House" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Wicklow records says Juan Carlos Formell's debut recording is solo (except for one or more guest appearances by guitarist Mark Whitfield). If so, he's either doing a lot of programming or he has more than two hands (and one voice). There's a rhythm section on most numbers, a vocal group on others, a muted trumpet on ...


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