Afro-Cuban jazz has developed and evolved throughout the late 19th and 20th century, continuing to grow and change today. Pillars of jazz music history Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, and Charlie Parker all incorporated Afro-Cuban elements into their music. Dizzy Gillespie, one of the greatest jazz trumpeters of all time, was a pioneer in the birth of bebop and modern jazz and is recognized as a one of the most important contributors and founders of Afro-Cuban jazz. Other greats like Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, and Stan Kenton were also instrumental in rounding out the defining features of Afro-Cuban jazz music.
Taking the presence and impression of Afro-Cuban and Caribbean jazz one step further is contemporary jazz musician, Yosvany Terry. Terry was born in Cuba to father Eladio “Don Pancho” Terry. Eladio Terry was the leading Chekeré player and founder of Cuba’s most important charanga band, Orquesta Maravillas de Florida. Yosvany has followed in his footsteps bringing the Afro-Cuban jazz tradition from his home country to the states. Terry marries Cuban tradition with the American jazz tradition and progresses the sound with modern jazz rhythms yielding sweet, finger-snapping, foot-tapping compositions.
Terry and his ensemble, will be here from New York on Friday 4/29 at Hogg Memorial Auditorium to present his latest project, Ye-dé-gbé. Opening with similar style is UT’s Butler School of Music Caribbean Ensemble. For the chance to win one of two pairs of free tickets, head to the event listing and click “I like it”. Also be sure to keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter for other chances to win!