2019 Grammy Nominee
Debuts With His Quintet at Smoke NYC
Smoke Jazz and Supper Club
New York, NY 10025
Phone: 212-864-6662Elio Villafranca
makes his quintet debut at Smoke with: Greg Tardy
: tenor sax/clarinet Bruce Harris
: trumpet Gregg August
: bass Dion Parson
Elio Villafranca leads a stellar quintet with trumpeter Bruce Harris, saxophonist Greg Tardy, bassist Gregg August and drummer Dion Parson. Villafranca is at the forefront of the latest generation of pianists, composers, and bandleaders. Since his arrival in the U.S. in 1995, Elio Villafranca has been the recipient of numerous awards and accolades and is at the forefront of the latest generation of remarkable jazz musicians. He has recorded and performed as a leader with jazz master artists such as Pat Martino
, Terell Stafford
, Billy Hart
, Paquito D’Rivera
, Eric Alexander
, Lewis Nash
, David Murray
, and Wynton Marsalis. Downbeat reports, “Villafranca has emerged as a commanding presence on the jazz scene, not just in the U.S. but throughout the world.”
Elio's music is passionate. A brand new application of ancient ways." —Chick Corea
Pianist and composer Elio Villafranca is an inspired and visionary musician. I am profoundly moved by Elio's vision and musicianship. He is a treasured member of the family here at Jazz at Lincoln Center." —Wynton Marsalis
Elio Villafranca writes and plays with passion and a deep understanding of musical nuance, with chops equal to some of the greatest pianists Cuba has ever produced." —DownBeat Magazine
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