Elio Villafranca, who will be accompanied by bassist Mike Boone and drummer Francisco Mela, is at the forefront of the latest generation of remarkable Cuban pianists, composers and bandleaders. In the 2010 Grammy Awards he was nominated in Best Latin Jazz Album of the Year category for his performance, composition and co- production of the recording by percussionist/educator Chembo Corneil, Things I Wanted To Do.
Orlando Haddad and Patricia King formed Minas in 1978 at North Carolina School of the Arts, with the goal of bringing Brazilian music to the United States. Minas continues to perform all over the east coast, and in the 30-plus years of being on the scene, have become one of most popular groups in this area.
The Jazz Bridge Project is a 501C3 nonprofit organization that was established in 2004 by a group of caring Jazz musicians and fans dedicated to assisting professional Greater Philadelphia Metro area jazz and blues musicians and vocalists in times of crisis by providing confidential and caring support in keeping with their personal dignity. Through donations, grants, and our neighborhood concerts, Jazz Bridge assists those coping with emergencies involving health, legal, financial, personal and professional needs, while building an awareness of the local Jazz sound.