imageLa Rumba is A Lovesome Thing and Sonido Isleño At The Zinc Bar
WHEN: Thursday April 16th
WHERE: The Zinc Bar
82 West 3rd Street
New York, NY
TIME: La Rumba is A Lovesome Thing: 8:15 to 9:30 pm
Sonido Isleño: 9:45 to 11 pm
PRICE: $16 adv/$20 day of show (includes both bands)

CEG Presents two of of NYC’s most innovative Latin Jazz groups, La Rumba is A Lovesome Thing and Sonido Isleño, at the Zinc Bar. Based around the talents of bandleaders Paul Carlon and Benjamin Lapidus, this double bill will feature original music as well as reinterpretations, and modern jazz latino in addition to traditional folklore. Carlon’s set will also be part of the yearlong celebration of the Billy Strayhorn Centennial. As both Lapidus and Carlon are sidemen in each other’s projects, this night will be a special chance to witness the versatility and creativity of some of New York City’s finest musicians.

La Rumba is A Lovesome Thing
Paul Carlon: saxophones and flute
Anton Denner: alto saxophone and flute
Andy Gravish: trumpet
Ryan Keberle and Mike Fahie: trombones
John Stenger: piano
Alex Ayala: bass
William ‘Beaver’ Bausch: drumset
Wilson “Chembo” Corniel: congas
Benjamin Lapidus: tres and vocals
Christelle Durandy: vocals

Paul Carlon’s 11-piece ensemble takes you on a fantastic journey through the Strayhorn repertoire, seeing it as a vehicle for reinterpreting guaguancó, son, bomba, and timba. Featuring sultry vocals, the tres guitar, horns for days, and subtle Afro-Caribbean rhythms, La Rumba is a Lovesome Thing celebrates the life and work of Billy Strayhorn.

“Mr. Carlon’s treatment is the best kind of fresh take on classic material, rendered with a perfect balance of adoration and irreverence that never misses the mark.” — Will Friedwald, The Wall Street Journal

“Four Stars”; Best Albums of 2013
–Brad Farberman, Downbeat Magazine

Sonido Isleño:
Benjamin Lapidus: tres, guitar, and vocals
Francisco Javier Cotto: bass, vocals
Paul Carlon: saxophones
Hector Torres: percussion, vocals
Wilmer Vega: percussion
Michael Molina: percussion, vocals

The brainchild of Dr. Benjamin Lapidus, Sonido Isleño is Latin Jazz in the truest sense of the term: the exploration of Jazz and Spanish-Caribbean music in an accessible, organic, and logical way. The New York musicians involved are completely bi-cultural residents of the largest Caribbean city in the United States, having performed and recorded with a who’s who of Latin music and jazz including Pedro Martínez, Candido Camero, Phil Woods, Eddie Palmieri, Andy and Jerry González, Celia Cruz, Ray Barretto, Larry Harlow, and The Buena Vista Social Club. Active since 1996, Sonido Isleño has delighted audiences in Europe, South America, and throughout the United States, releasing 5 critically acclaimed albums of original music along the way. The band is currently preparing to commemorate its 20th anniversary with a new recording, to be released in 2016.

“When Ben Lapidus brought his group Sonido Isleño (Island Sound) to Chicago’s Green Mill jazz club last November, nobody in the packed house seemed to mind that his main instruments are more associated with Latin folklore than bebop.”
–Aaron Cohen, Downbeat Magazine

“Lapidus is also an acknowledged virtuoso on the Cuban tres, a guitar-like instrument with three sets of double strings—and when he plays this, he really merges the two musical worlds, sounding authentic while at the same time moving the tres beyond its folk limits and into the jazz world.”
–Budd Kopman, Allaboutjazz.com

“This is one of the hippest groups, with a unique, dynamic sound full of textural variety.”
–Nelson Rodríguez, Latin Beat Magazine

Check out Paul Carlon’s Website.
Check out Benjamin Lapidus’ Website.
Check out some recordings from Paul Carlon & Benjamin Lapidus:

Roots Propaganda, The Paul Carlon Octet


Ochosi Blues (feat. Kari-B3) – Benjamin Lapidus


Blue Tres, Sonido Isleño

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