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2019 Grammy Nominee Elio Villafranca & The Jass Synopators Featuring Jeremy Pelt On February 16 - Essex Junction, Vermont And February 18-20 - Dizzy's Club

2019 Grammy Nominee Elio Villafranca & The Jass Synopators Featuring Jeremy Pelt On February 16 - Essex Junction, Vermont And February 18-20 - Dizzy's Club
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Born in Cuba and classically trained, pianist Elio Villafranca has long offered a unique take on Latin jazz, foregoing the reliance on percussion pyrotechnics for a more fully integrated blend of his varied interests. That’s not to say that he can’t bring the fire when it’s called for... —Shaun Brady, JazzTimes
2019 Grammy Nominee Elio Villafranca & the Jass Synopators featuring Jeremy Pelt

February 16: Essex Junction, Vermont
February 18-20: Dizzy's Club NYC

Elio Villafranca & The Jass Syncopatorsc presents Life Stories cRare Vermont Appearance

The Double E: T Rex Theater
21 Essex Way
Essex Junction, VT 05425

Featuring:
Jeremy Pelt: trumpet
Roxy Coss: tenor sax/soprano sax/flute
James Burton: trombone
Hamish Smith: acoustic bass
Dion Parson: drums

Guest artist: Dreiser Durrutthy Bombalé: percussions/vocals from Chucho Valdés band.

Elio Villafranca & The Jass Syncopators presents Life Stories
Feb. 18-20, 2020
Dizzy's Club
Broadway at 60th St., 5th floor
New York, NY

Featuring:
Jeremy Pelt: trumpet ( Feb. 18-19)
Alex Norris: trumpet (Feb. 20)
Roxy Coss: tenor sax/soprano sax/flute
James Burton: trombone
Peter Slavov: acoustic bass
Dion Parson: drums

Guest artist: Dreiser Durrutthy Bombalé: percussions/vocals from Chucho Valdés band.

Life Stories

Elio Villafranca will debut his new Life Stories program with a rare Vermont appearance at Essex's Double E T-Rex theaters, then hit Dizzy's Club for a special three night run.

Elio returns to Dizzy's Club with a new version of his Jass Syncopators featuring an exciting musical combination consisting of Jeremy Pelt on trumpet, Roxy Coss on tenor sax, James Burton on trombone, Peter Slavov on bass, drummer Dion Parson, and master Afro Cuban percussionist and vocalist Dreiser Durrutthy Bombalé.

Life Stories is a program of original music by Elio Villafranca written for this band that offers a musical and humanitarian journey of Elio's own life experiences, expanding from Haiti to Cuba to Spain to New Orleans, as told through the rich Afro diaspora's landscape. The program will also include a moving musical piece dedicated to the young teenagers who protested gun violence a few years ago in Washington DC. as well as premiering selections of Villafranca's newest suite “Don't Change My Name," which is a tribute to Florentina Zulueta, who is regarded as the first Queen of the Ararás in the region of Matanzas, Cuba.

Photo credit: Kasia Idzkowska

This story appears courtesy of Scott Thompson Public Relations.
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