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Agallu Shola - Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

September 20, 2014
Rose Theater – New York

Since the late 1990s, Jazz at Lincoln Center has celebrated Cuban music with collaborations with some of the island nation’s finest musicians like Celia Cruz, Israel “Cachao” López, Candido Camero, and Bebo Valdés. Continuing this tradition, the 2014-15 season opened with “Ochas” a world premiere commission from Wynton Marsalis featuring influential pianist, composer, and arranger Chucho Valdés; star percussionist and vocalist Pedrito Martinez; and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. Together, they blended jazz with the traditional folkloric music of Cuba and the Santería religion to create a work that illustrates the ability of music to elevate us from social and political unrest to the greatest heights of humanity.

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