Described by the Boston Phoenix as “recalling the best of Mingus, Monk and Gil Evans...”Florencia Gonzalez
Big Band has been together since 2007; playing regularly at the Lily Pad every other Thursday, and was selected last year one of the best 5 jazz bands in Boston.
Being originally from Uruguay, her music infuses jazz and classical music with tango, candombe, chacarera and many other rhythms brought from the southern region of South America, incorporating extra woodwind colors, such as flutes and clarinets and of course, some candombe drums here and there.
Before moving from Boston, the band recorded its debut album: “Woman Dreaming of Escape”, that will be released on August 13, 2012 at the Tea Lounge with some new and extraordinary acquisitions...
“…tracks driven by Latin dance rhythms (tango, candombe, etc) but stretched into modern realms of harmony, rhythm and form that recall the best of Mingus, Monk and Gil Evans...” “…an array of colors (...) as she marries modern jazz harmony and the occasional 12 tonish classical master to the deepest folkloric traditions of the south of South America.” —THE BOSTON PHOENIX
“Florencia Gonzalez Big Band performance (…) was again one of the most interesting and enjoyable acts, with the right balance between school and street, between north and south, between the past and the future of the music." —LA DIARIA