KCC Productions and the Van Dyke Cafe present the Manuel Valera Quartet with special guest Felipe Lamoglia, Thursday, November 18, at 9 PM. The Van Dyke is located at 846 Lincoln Road, South Beach. There is no cover. For more information, call 305-534-3600 or visit thevandykecafe.com.
With special guest Felipe Lamoglia
Felipe Lamoglia is a Cuban saxophonist, composer, and arranger. After moving to the United States in 1999, he started playing locally with great artists such as the late Celia Cruz, and also began performing regularly with Grammy Award-winner Arturo Sandoval. Felipe contributed as arranger, composer, and performer on Sandovalâ€™s Grammy-winning album “Rumba Palace”. In 2007 his first solo album, “Dimensions”, recorded in Brazil, was released. This project incorporates his Afro-Cuban roots with strong influences of Jazz and Brazilian music.
This dynamic and prolific artist has recorded five cd’s as a bandleader. His critically acclaimed debut cd â€œForma Nuevaâ€, featuring John Patitucci, Horacio â€œEl Negroâ€ Hernandez, Bill Stewart and Seamus Blake, received nationwide airplay and garnered strong reviews in the jazz and music press: Billboard, Jazztimes, Jazziz, All Music Guide and Latin Beat among others. â€œHistoriaâ€, a jazz quartet recording for Fresh Sounds New Talent followed in 2005. Then in 2006 â€œMelancoliaâ€, which employed a string quartet incorporating world rhythms and classical concepts in the jazz idiom that opened up new vistas of compositional colors and textures across the full range of Valeraâ€™s sources. In 2007, â€œVientosâ€ represented a new working quartet, featuring bassist James Genus, drummer Ernesto Simpson and saxophonist Joel Frahm. His fifth major recording and most recent work, â€œCurrentsâ€, was released on MaxJazz on October of last year featuring Ernesto Simpson and James Genus.
Manuel’s most recent recognition for â€œVientosâ€ is the Jazziz Critics’ Choice for “The Best of 2007” and the “2007 Jazz Twirlies,” a celebration award given to those most worthy in modern jazz. He is a recipient of the 2006 Chamber Music America’s New Works Commission, the 2005 ASCAP Young Composers Award and a final nominee of the 2005 Jazz Journalist Association’s awards in the Up & Coming Musician of the Year category. Manuel also tours with Paquito D’Rivera, Arturo Sandoval and drummer Dafnis Prieto.