Office of Global Engagement

CLACS Presents The Brown University Latin Jazz and Pop Festival, October 1st - 7th 2015

October 2, 2015

The Brown University Latin Jazz and Pop Festival

October 1-7, 2015 

Providence, RI

For full schedule, go here.

Friday, October 2

12:00 p.m. Roundtable on Contemporary Afro-Cuban Pop and Jazz, with Ned Sublette, Arturo Gomez, Martin Cohen, and Eva Silot Bravo,Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute, 111 Thayer St.  

 Musicologist Ned Sublette, author of the definitive Cuba and Its Music will be joined by Martin Cohen, founder of the Latin Percussion (LP) brand of percussion instruments; Arturo Gomez, KUVO/KVJZ Music Director, Host of Lunchtime at the Oasis, and Community & Cultural Affairs Liaison; and researcher and blogger Eva Silot Bravo.

3:00 p.m. A conversation about music business with Martin Cohen, Kim Koo Library, Watson Institute, 111 Thayer St.

Martin Cohen, founder of Latin Percussion (LP), the world's largest producer of hand percussion instruments


8:00 p.m. An Evening of Latin Jazz with Ed Calle and Friends, The Spot Underground, 180 Pine St.

Ed Calle is a renowned musician, composer, orchestrator, scholar, professor, and leader. He was just nominated for a 2015 Latin Grammy for "Best Instrumental Album"!

Throughout his legendary career, Calle has become one of the most recorded saxophonists in history appearing on more than 1,200 albums, 8,500 singles, and countless television and movie soundtracks with artists ranging from Frank Sinatra and Celia Cruz to Sylvester Stallone and Andy Garcia. 

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10:00 p.m.-12:00 pm Son Lokos, The Spot Underground, 180 Pine St.

SonLokos is a new Cuban dance band based in Miami that features renowned percussionists Raymer Olalde and Philbert Armenteros. They were just nominated for a 2015 Latin Grammy for "Best Traditional Tropical Album"! 

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Saturday, October 3

3:00-4:30, Percussion Workshop with Philbert Armenteros and Raymer Olalde, to be held at AS220 (115 Empire St, Providence, RI 02903).

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9:00 p.m. Jesus Andujar and Grupo Sazon, Aurora, 276 Westminster St, Providence, RI

Providence's own Jesus Andujar & Grupo Sazon will kick off this great night of live music at Aurora with salsa, merengue, cha cha and Latin jazz.

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10:00 p.m. PALO! Performance, Aurora, 276 Westminster St, Providence, RI

PALO! is a 2015 Grammy Nominee and 2014 Latin Grammy Nominee as well as Miami New Times’ BEST LATIN BAND 2014.

Festival Sneak  Peek: New video from PALO! 

“Afro-Cuban Funk is Cuban music for the new generation. And the leader of the sound is the Miami based band PALO!” New York Post

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Sunday, October 4

7:00 p.m. Day of Orula Celebration with Descemer Bueno, the Pedrito Martinez Group, Leslie CartayaEd Calle, and the Brown University Jazz Band with Special Guest, PALO!





This very special evening will feature Cuban singer and composerDescemer Bueno, who won three Latin Grammy Awards in 2014, including “Song of the Year” for “Bailando”; master percussionistPedrito Martinez, who Wynton Marsalis calls a “genius” and Quincy Jones praises as “the real thing”; the Grammy and Latin Grammy-nominated Afro-Cuban funk group PALO!; and the Brown University Jazz Band. 

Granoff Performing Arts Center, Martinos Auditorium

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Wednesday, October 7

8:00 p.m. Performance by Gina Chavez Trio (Indie Latin Folk-Rock), The Spot Underground, 180 Pine St. 

Gina Chavez is a bilingual Latin-folk singer/songwriter who blends the sounds of the Americas with tension and grace. Her latest independent release, Up.Rooted, is a passionate collection of bilingual songs traversing cumbia, bossa nova, vintage pop, reggaeton, and folk combined with dynamic vocals and sharp social commentary.

The album won the praise of National Public Radio (NPR), USA Today, and The Boston Globe, and topped the iTunes and Amazon Latin charts after a feature on NPR’s All Things Considered. She is the 2014 John Lennon Songwriting Contest (JLSC) Grand Prize Winner for her song “Siete-D,” a rock-cumbia-rap mix that explores the delights and dangers of El Salvador from a window on the 7-D, the bus route she rode as a volunteer there in 2010.

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