Jazz Cubano! Spectacular triple-bill

LONDON Barbican
Silk Street


The EFG London Jazz Festival has seen many memorable nights featuring some of the great names in Latin jazz –and it’s today’s generation that is featured in this spectacular triple-bill concert, part of the EFG Excellence Series.

Arturo O’Farrill
is today’s keeper of the flame – a brilliant pianist, composer, and bandleader whose command of the Latin jazz language is unparalleled. His father Chico was one of the great Latin jazz composers, working with Count Basie and Stan Kenton as well as Machito and his own landmark big band, Arturo has taken the genre to new heights, winning multiple awards, lecturing and touring worldwide, with a band that carries on the tradition with his own talented sons, trumpeter Adam O’Farrill and drummer Zack O’Farrill

Omar Sosa and Yilian Cañizares create musical fireworks in a brand new project. Omar Sosa is an inspirational pianist whose musical collaborations stretch across continents and styles, whilst retaining the spiritual essence of his Cuban roots, whilst violinist Yilian Cañizares brings an extrovert lyricism to her music. 

Legendary producer Quincy Jones has championed and mentored the extraordinary young pianist Alfredo Rodriguez, whose reputation as one of the stellar figures in a new generation of Cuban virtuosi is growing worldwide – a charismatic and spectacular live performer, he returns to the UK following his appearance at last year’s BBC Proms.

  • EFG Excellence Series

Cuban piano maestro Omar Sosa and young Cuban violinist and vocalist Yilian Cañizares bring two generations of the music together, along with Grammy Award-winning Latin jazz bandleader Arturo O’Farrill featuring his sons and Quincy Jones-mentored young Cuban pianist Alfredo Rodriguez all provide a joyous celebration of the island’s rich musical legacy.

(Chris Philips at Jazz FM)