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Grammy-nominated Latin jazz masters make Perth debut

Friday, 23 March 2018

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Thanks to the generosity of Perth-based philanthropists, Brigid and Ronald W. Woss AM of the Woss Group of Companies, WAAPA is able to present the Grammy Award nominated Rodriguez Brothers live in concert. For the very first time Perth audiences will be able to enjoy their inimitable Latin jazz style with WAAPA’s acclaimed music students, in the Geoff Gibbs Theatre at ECU’s Mount Lawley campus from 12-14 April.

Co-led by pianist Robert and trumpeter Michael, The Rodriguez Brothers are renowned for their inventive compositions and feisty jazz brilliance.

Ranging from “trumpet-driven measures of dizzying effect to eloquent bursts of melodious piano”, their music incorporates Afro-Cuban and South American elements into a mix of traditional and modern jazz.

Individually, the brothers have worked with Wynton Marsalis, Eddie Palmieri, Quincy Jones, and Harry Connick Jr, among many other legendary jazz musicians.

Together, they have released several acclaimed records, including their latest effort, Impromptu, which was nominated for the 2016 Grammy Award in the Best Latin Jazz Album category.

These three exclusive concerts at ECU Mount Lawley will feature each of the brothers on their own and also working with the students in a number of different formats, from duos to quintets and mini big bands. The repertoire will be a retrospective of Cuban based music and its development in New York. Influential tunes such as Manteca by Dizzy Gillespie and even the Peanut Vendor, the unofficial Cuban anthem, will be part of the night along with other Latin classics and modern contemporary Latin jazz.

Havana Nights with The Rodriguez Brothers, performed in concert with WAAPA’s Jazz students under the musical direction of Jeremy Greig and Chris Tarr, will run for three nights only on 12, 13 and 14 April in the Geoff Gibbs Theatre.

WAAPA’s jazz course has long been recognised as one of the finest jazz courses in the southern hemisphere, producing many nationally and internationally renowned jazz musicians. The strength of the course is the focus on performance outcomes, strengthened by a visiting artist program that is second to none.

For all venue and performance details, please visit the Havana Nights with the Rodriguez Brothers performance web page.

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