They will be accompanied by Martin Bejerano on piano and Mark Small on sax. For more information, call 305-534-3600 or visit thevandykecafe.com.
Ludwig Afonso was born January 21, 1978 in Havana, Cuba and came to Miami, Florida in 1980. Ludwig obtained a Bachelorâ€™s degree in Studio Music and Jazz Performance from the University of Miami in May 2002. As a student of the University of Miami, Ludwig was given the chance to play in the schoolâ€™s top ensembles winning a Down Beat music award and recording with Maria Schnieder.
Throughout his school years and thereafter, Ludwig was working regularly in Miami with local artists such as jazz legend Ira Sullivan, Latin GRAMMY Â® winner Nestor Torres, as well with the Sammy Figueroa group, Othello Mollineux, and Eddie “GuaGua”
Rivera. Ludwig also played in various R&B/Top-forty groups in the area.
Two years after graduating from UM, Ludwig decided to move to New York to seek greater opportunities. In addition to working on several projects with various musicians in the New York area, Ludwig is currently touring around the world with Spyro Gyra.
Havana, Cuba, native Jose Armando Gola, has played bass since age thirteen and attended the Amadeo Roldan Conservatory. He plays both upright and electric bass in various settings, has toured internationally and played at major jazz festivals. Only in his mid-20s, he has worked with Gonzalo Rubalcaba for the past seven years.
Gola has appeared on two GRAMMYÂ® nominated ‘Blue Note’ label albums, ‘PASEO’ and ‘CODES’, and on ARTURO SANDOVAL’S GRAMMYÂ® Award Winning album, ‘RUMBA PALACE’.He has played or recorded with such luminaries as Hector Martignon, Eldar Djangirov, Francisco CÃ©spedes, RaÃºl di Blasio, Arturo Sandoval, Felipe Lamoglia, Jennifer LÃ³pez, Luis Enrique,
Marisela Verena, Alejandro Sanz, Mayra Casales, and Ignacio Berroa. Currently, Gola is touring with Eldar Djangirov to
promote Djangirovâ€™s latest album, â€œVIRTUE.”