The William Cepeda Afro-Rican Jazz Ensemble at Arts Garage
Saturday, 07/06/2019 – 08:00 pm – 10:00 pm
94 NE 2nd Ave,
DELRAY BEACH, Florida 33444
Saturday July 6 at 8 PM: Trombonist William Cepeda leads his ensemble in an evening of “Afro-Rican Jazz.” Known as a cultural icon of Puerto Rico, Grammy-nominated artist and composer William-Cepeda revolutionized the field of Latin music in 1992 with his introduction of Afro-Rican Jazz, an innovative blend of progressive jazz, world music and traditional Puerto Rican roots. His ensemble has toured all over the world, performing in jazz festival such as Montreux, NorthSea and Tabarka, as well as, in performing arts venues and clubs.
Born and raised in Loiza, the heart of “little Africa” in Puerto Rico, William Cepeda’s artistic excellence as a composer and artistic visionary, his authenticity and advocacy for rigorous research and comprehensive documentation of Puerto Rican music, dance, and culture have earned him multiple awards, grants and recognition from the Institute of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture, Meet The Composer, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Music Fund at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, American Composers Orchestra, American Composers Forum, and the Association of Hispanic Arts.
A protégé of Dizzy Gillespie, William Cepeda was a member of his United Nation Orchestra, and Cepeda’s musical influences include artists like Miriam Makeba, Tito Puente, Paquito D’Rivera, Eddie Palmieri and Lester Bowie. In addition to world music and jazz, William Cepeda’s oeuvre includes contemporary classical music with his introduction of Bomba Sinfonica, a full-length orchestral work of symphony, opera, choir and soloists.
Arts Garage is located at 94 NE 2nd Ave in Delray Beach. Tickets are $30-$40-$45 at artsgarage.org or 561-450-6357. BRING YOUR OWN … WHATEVER! The theater boasts cabaret-style table seating, where patrons can bring their own food and drinks, including alcohol. Music courtesy of KCC Productions.
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