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Afro-Cuban All Stars
www.afrocubanallstarsonline.com

"The All Stars were brought together by musical director Juan de Marcos González (who was previously the leader of the son group Sierra Maestra) as a backing band for his heroes: the legendary soneros (singers) from the 1940s and 1950s - the 'Golden Age' of Cuban music. González had long harboured a dream to put together a band combining the 'old masters' and the new generation of Cuban musicians." -- Afro-Cuban All Stars' A TODA CUBA LE GUSTA Out September 7 + U.S. Live Shows Coming  6/13/2018 Broadway World

Their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/AfroCubans/

The son music's African roots and its place in Cuban politics are discussed in a series of articles by Radio Havana's Eugene Godfried:

Cuban Popular Music: Renewal Efforts From Above, 9/04

The African Cuban Diaspora’s Cultural Shelters and Their Sudden Disappearance in 1959,  8/04

Dialogue with Juan Cruz, Past President, ‘Marianao Club Social’ - La Havana, 8/19/04

Dialogue with Founding Leaders of Guantanamo’s Social Club ‘La Nueva Era’, 8/6/04

La Protesta de Baragua: Culture and Popular Music Have the Last Word -- They Say What the Official Culture Can’t, 8/04

Buena Vista Social Club: Critics, self-criticism, and the survival of Cuban Son, 11/00 

 

Articles/Artículostop

Buena Vista Social Club founder Juan De Marcos sees a brighter future for Cuba when Trump goes  12/17/2018 Noise 11: "Juan will bring the music of Afro Cuban All Stars to Australia in 2019. “We were a phenomena of the Buena Vista Social Club a long time ago. Now we have a different band with younger blood which is good. For us it is a pleasure to perform in Australia”."

The Afro-Cuban All Stars  12/8/2018 Abstract Entertainment, Australia: "Experience the soul of Cuban music channelled through the original Afro-Cuban All Stars. Embracing several generations and music styles, many of the band’s members of yesterday and today have become international music legends."

Juan de Marcos of Afro-Cubans All Stars says Cuba was better off before Trump  11/23/2018 Noise 11: "Juan de Marcos cannot see any improvement until the Democrats are returned to power. “In a couple of years I don’t think that Mr. Trump is going to be re-elected,” he said. “I think that in the future everything will be better. Music is an international language and a language everyone can understand. Not only the music but the arts, that is the way to open the doors and help understand the different cultures”. Juan de Marcos started Afro-Cuban All Stars in 1997. The debut album ‘A Toda Cuba le Gusta’ was recorded at the Buena Vista Social Club sessions."

Afro-Cuban All Stars to tour Australia for the first time in 13 years  11/19/2018 Noise 11: with tour dates & locations, March 21-30, 2019

Afro-Cuban All Stars' A TODA CUBA LE GUSTA Out September 7 + U.S. Live Shows Coming  6/13/2018 Broadway World: "The All Stars were brought together by musical director Juan de Marcos González (who was previously the leader of the son group Sierra Maestra) as a backing band for his heroes: the legendary soneros (singers) from the 1940s and 1950s - the 'Golden Age' of Cuban music. González had long harboured a dream to put together a band combining the 'old masters' and the new generation of Cuban musicians."

Juan de Marcos Afro-Cuban All Stars review – a blast of sun-baked sultriness and Strictly magic  1/24/2018 Guardian: "Roaming the stage with guiro in hand, the dreadlocked González leads his dapper band – including a trio of hot brass and a gaggle of tireless percussionists – through a mellifluous set of bolero, rumba and salsa-infused classics, paying particular tribute to Cuban songwriters Miguel Matamoros and Arsenio Rodriguez. The band also put their own spin on the popular Buena Vista Social Club hit Chan Chan by foregrounding some rather mournful bass clarinet, and throw in a few González originals, including Laura en el Paraiso, a rhythmically roaming tribute to his youngest."

Glorious return to the Golden Age of Cuban music - Afro-Cuban All Stars, Celtic Connections  1/23/2018 Telegraph: "Celtic Connections, Glasgow’s annual festival of traditional and folk roots music, is currently celebrating its 25th year. It is testament to the programme’s high international standing that it continues to attract major global artists such as the Juan de Marcos Afro-Cuban All Stars."

Juan de Marcos brings new generation of Afro-Cuban All Stars to Berkeley  1/11/2018 Mercury News: "An essential guardian of the Cuban style known as son — the foundation of salsa and a major tributary leading to Latin jazz — De Marcos crafted arrangements for the Buena Vista Social Club that perfectly framed pre-revolution innovators such as pianist Rubén González, guitarist Manuel Galbán, and vocalists Compay Segundo, Ibrahim Ferrer and Omara Portuondo. While Portuondo is thankfully still with us, the rest of those musicians are gone now, and the 63-year-old De Marcos has taken his rightful place as an elder statesman of Cuban music. He returns to the Bay Area next week for a two-night stand at Berkeley’s Freight & Salvage Jan. 16-17 fully comfortable in his role as the institutional memory of his 13-piece Afro-Cuban All Stars."

The Afro-Cuban All Stars Will Tour the U.S. This Winter  1/5/2018 Billboard: "The Afro-Cuban All Stars, the big band led by Juan de Marcos Gonzalez, will heat up the U.S. East Coast with several concerts, starting with a show Jan. 10 at the South Orange Performing Arts Center in New Jersey. Dates in Philadelphia, New York City and Boston will follow, before the orchestra heads to the West coast for shows in Berkeley and Northridge, CA. The tour winds up on Feb. 3 at Atlanta’s Rialto Center for the Arts."

Classic Latin Jazz Heats Up SOPAC as Afro-Cuban All Stars Take the Stage Jan 10  12/22/2017 Village Green, NJ: "The Afro-Cuban All Stars are credited with re-introducing the classic sounds of popular Cuban music to the world. Led by Juan de Marcos Gonzàlez, the Afro-Cuban All Stars will bring the infectious rhythms of Cuba to the South Orange Performing Arts Center on January 10 at 7:30 p.m. The Grammy Award-winning big band has evolved over the decades from an ensemble showcasing musicians from older generations to a combination of youth and experience."

Juan de Marcos and The Afro-Cuban All Stars: The Soul Of Cuba  2/15/2013 KPLU, Seattle: "On a recent visit to Seattle, Juan de Marcos and The Afro-Cuban All Stars stopped by for a three-song studio session with KPLU in the KCTS 9 studios. How good was it? Well, as host, Abe Beeson says, “If this music doesn’t move you, you’ve got no place to go.”"

Portland Jazz Festival 2013: Q/A with Juan de Marcos of The Afro-Cuban All Stars  2/12/2013 Oregon Music News: "I was lucky of growing up surrounded by some of the greatest popular musicians of my neighborhood (Pueblo Nuevo, Down Town Havana). Singers like Jose Emilio Maza, El Vivebien (his son, a famous rhumbero) Tio Tom, Florencio “Carusito” Hernandez, Raul Planas, etc., great arrangers and bandleaders like Antonio Arcaño, Rafael Ortiz, etc. Being a kid, I almost daily attended (without the permission of my mum, because it was a rough place) some memorable rhumbas that took place at a kind of multi-suburban living quarter called Solar “El Africa”."

I’m Cuban, a site full of culture  9/10/2006 Cuba Now: "When browsing Internet, looking for information about Cuba, this address will appear: www.soycubano.com, and you will not regret having finding it, as the most important cultural leads of the Island are customary of this site, which is becoming a model within our culture. There you will find valuable information about the evolution in the music, arts, cinema, plastic arts and literature markets, taking into account the results of the sales there promoted: the CD Reggaeton a lo cubano(various artists) and the DVD Live in the UK. Alive in Cuba (Félix Baloy and Afro-Cuban All Stars) appear among the ones with most sales in their genre, while the DVD Memorias del Subdesarrollo(Tomás Gutiérrez Alea) and La vida es silbar (Fernando Pérez) are the most applied for films. Meanwhile, Los orishas en Cuba, by Natalia Bolívar, and Esculturas, by José Villa, appear among the most requested book titles, only to cite some references."

A feast of Cuban music  5/19/2004 Green Left, Australia: "In May and June, Cuban music lovers will have an opportunity to see some of Cuba's greatest musicians live in performance, including original members of the Buena Vista Social Club, the Afro-Cuban All Stars and Vieja Trova Santiagera, in a once-only national tour, starting in Perth on May 28. The Bar at Buena Vista pays homage to the stars of the Buena Vista Social Club via the music of legends like the late Compay Segundo and Ruben Gonzalez. Co-founder of the Buena Vista Social Club, and this year's Grammy nominated percussionist Carlos Gonzales will be accompanied by fellow Grammy nominee Luis Frank on vocals alongside diva Barbara Ferrer Sanchez of Anakoana. For many of the artists, age is no barrier to celebrating a passion for life through music. Eighty-six-year-old Reynaldo Creagh weaves magic vocals for the Vieja Trova Santiagera, and 78-year-old Maestro Rabalcalba is the legend on the piano from the Afro-Cuban All Stars."

Broadening the Vision Of Cuban Music  5/4/2003 Newsday: "In many ways, Juan de Marcos González was the unsung hero of the Buena Vista Social Club phenomenon. In addition to his typical percussion and tres guitar duties, he is listed as conductor and musical transcriber on the BVSC album, the arranger and conductor of "Introducing Rubén Gonzalez," and he was the leader of the Afro-Cuban All Stars, whose two albums, "A Todo Cuba le Gusta" and "Distinto, Diferente" were standouts of Buena Vista executive producer Nick Gold's World Circuit releases."

Foggy Bottom Breakdown - The Afro-Cuban All Stars Shine at Lisner  4/28/2003 Washington Post: " This is the latest touring incarnation of the band assembled by De Marcos, a singer and guitarist and the mastermind of "The Buena Vista Social Club," the project that first brought international acclaim to a collection of long-retired Cuban jazz giants. The stars of that movie and its soundtrack -- among them, Ibrahim Ferrer and Compay Segundo -- have spun off to solo careers, so for this excursion De Marcos recruited a new and (for the most part) younger batch of talent."

Visa rules hurt cultural ties - New anti-terrorism screening forces cancellation of concerts  11/26/2002 SF Chronicle: "Last weekend, the Afro-Cuban All Stars, one of Cuba's most famous musical acts, was scheduled to perform in Berkeley in front of sold-out audiences. But the new visa policy prevented them from entering the United States. Other recent cancellations include the Cuban-Haitian group Desandan, which was supposed to play at La Pena Cultural Center in Berkeley; Cuba's Los Van Van, which had been scheduled to perform at this month's San Francisco Jazz Festival; Cuban jazz pianist Chucho Valdes, who couldn't attend the Latin Grammy Awards in September; and the Whirling Dervishes of Syria, who had to miss their scheduled performance at the L.A. World Festival of Sacred Music in September."

Stopped at the Border  10/10/2002 MSNBC: "New restrictions signed by President George W. Bush in May have been making it impossible for many foreign artists to get into the country in time for their scheduled appearances. You might expect delays for performers from Iraq and Libya, but why Cuba, Russia and Northern Ireland? From the Afro-Cuban All Stars, a popular Buena Vista Social Club spinoff that was just forced to cancel a five-week U.S. tour, to Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami, who missed the premiere of his new film “Ten” at the New York Film Festival a week ago, scores of performers have found just how narrow the United States’ open doors have become post-9-11. Hardest hit have been those from seven nations designated in the new U.S. Enhanced Border Security and Visa Reform Act as “state sponsors of terrorism”: Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya, North Korea, Sudan and Cuba. Anyone from those countries, artist or not, must now submit to lengthy background checks by the FBI. In addition, the U.S. government now requires a 20-day wait on applications from citizens of 26 countries (the State Department declines to identify them, but they are believed to be mostly Islamic nations in Asia and North Africa). Add to this brew backups at the Immigration and Naturalization Service, and you have a recipe for creative constipation. It once took weeks to get a U.S. visa; it can now take six months—and no one seems to have warned artists about the delay."
 

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"A Toda Cuba Le Gusta" by the Afro-Cuban All Stars
Availability: This title usually ships within 2-3 days.
Audio CD (September 16, 1997)
Wea/Atlantic/Nonesuch

Click for pricing & to buy ==>  Amazon.com

Tracks:

1. Amor Verdadero

6. Los Sitio' Asere

2. Alto Songo - (with Ry Cooder)

7. Pio Mentiroso

3. Habana Del Este

8. Maria Caracoles

4. A Toda Cuba Le Gusta

9. Clasiqueando Con Ruben

5. Fiesta De La Rumba

10. Elube Chango

Review by Amazon.com

A rousing ensemble recording, A Todo Cuba Le Gusta features a band made up largely of Cuban music elders. As a reflection of their collective experience playing multiple percussion instruments and brightly lit trumpets, the Afro-Cuban All Stars churn with high drama, even while playing music that's paced with extravagant patience. The time signatures overlay and run against each other in a casual trot while the trumpets blare with fat fullness. Add to that the impassioned group vocals and you've got a hard-to-beat Cuban traditional music session. --Andrew Bartlett

Schedule  2013top

Scandinavia, 6/13 - 7/13

www.afrocubanallstarsonline.com/en/tour


US: Feb, Mar 2013
- 25 cities
See www.afrocubanallstarsonline.com/en/featured-posts/the-afro-cuban-all-stars-2013-us-tour/


2012

2/3/12    George Mason Center for the Arts Fairfax, VA, US

4/25/12  Barbican, London, UK see timbageek.com/juan-de-marcos-afro-cuban-all-stars-in-london-25th-april-2012-tickets/

 

2011

03/06/11 Jakarta, Indonesia International Expo Java International Jazz Festival
03/24/11 New Brunswick, NJ  with Juan De Marco
State Theatre 

 

2006 (updated 9/06)

10/27/06  Halifax, NS Cunard Event Centre  
10/28/06  Fredericton, NB Playhouse Theatre  
10/29/06  Montreal, QC Club Soda  
10/30/06  Montreal, QC Club Soda  
11/02/06  Saint Catharines, ON Brock Centre For The Arts  
11/03/06  Oakville, ON Oakville Centre For Perf. Arts  
11/04/06  Toronto, ON Massey Hall  
11/05/06  Markham, ON Markham Theatre  
11/09/06  Saint Albert, AB Arden Theatre  
11/10/06  Nanaimo, BC Port Theatre  
11/11/06  Victoria, BC University Of Victoria  
11/12/06  Vancouver, BC Chan Centre  

Eliades Ochoa / Afro Cuban All Stars: Barbican, London, 5/11

May  2005
date day country city venue
1 Sun Germany Hamburg Fabrik
3 Tue Germany Koln Stadgarten
6 Fri Norwey Bergen Bergen Music Festival
8 Sun Latvia Riga Riga Congress Hall
9 Mon Lituania Vilnius Ice Palace
11 Wed UK London Barbican
13 Fri Holland Amsterdam Paradiso
15 Sun Switzerland Winterthur Afro-Pfingsten Festival
17 Tue France Paris Bataclan

July 2005
date day country    City Venue   box   office    www
9 Sat Belgium Den Haan Uitbalzen (Blue Note) 32-477 665 328 www.uitblazen.be
10 Sun Holland Den Haag North Sea Jazz Festival   www.northseajazz.nl
28 Thur UK Harrogate International Festival 01423 537230 www.harrogate-festival.org.uk
29 Fri Ireland Dublin Temple Bar www.ticketlord.ie www.temple-bar.ie
30 Sat France Vannes Festival 0 892 683 622 www.mairie-vannes.fr/jazzavannes

August 2005
date day country    City venue   Box office     www
12 Fri France Marciac Jazz Festival 0 892 690 277 www.jazzinmarciac.com
13 Sat France Vence

Nuits de Sud

01.40.50.38.51 www.nuitsdusud.com
14 Sun France Megeve Festival 04 50 21 27 28 www.megeve.com

from SASA Music, www.sasamusic.com/a02_juan_de_marcos/artist_tourdates.htm

2004top

Members of Vieja Trova play as part of the Bar at Buena Vista in Australia

6/15-6/24/04 Queensland, Darwin Numerous venues
6/25-6/26/04 Brisbane Concert Hall QPAC
6/29/04 Canberra Canberra Theatre
6/30-7/3/04 Melbourne Her Majesties Theatre

Details at http://www.ataallstarartists.com.au/

Afro-Cuban All Stars

7/19/04 London, UK Sommerset House, open air

Anyone with other dates in UK, please let us know at acw_AT_afrocubaweb.com [replace _AT_ with @]

The Bar at Buena Vista pays homage to the stars of the Buena Vista Social Club via the music of legends like the late Compay Segundo and Ruben Gonzalez. Co-founder of the Buena Vista Social Club, and this year's Grammy nominated percussionist Carlos Gonzales will be accompanied by fellow Grammy nominee Luis Frank on vocals alongside diva Barbara Ferrer Sanchez of Anakoana.

For many of the artists, age is no barrier to celebrating a passion for life through music. Eighty-six-year-old Reynaldo Creagh weaves magic vocals for the Vieja Trova Santiagera, and 78-year-old Maestro Rabalcalba is the legend on the piano from the Afro-Cuban All Stars. - www.greenleft.org.au/back/2004/582/582p26d.htm

2002top

The US portion of the fall 2002 tour was cancelled due to the US government's war on culture (see New Cuba to US Travel Restrictions, 10/02). The Spring tour is happening as the delay has given the new visa process, which takes 6 months, time to work.

04/27/03

Greensboro, NC

Greensboro College

04/29/03

Arcata, CA

Humboldt St. University

04/30/03

Davis, CA

Mondavi Performing Arts Center

05/01/03

Chico, CA

California St. University

05/02/03

Redwood City, CA

Fox Theatre

05/03/03

Berkeley, CA

Zellerbach Hall

05/04/03

Berkeley, CA

Zellerbach Hall

05/05/03

Santa Cruz, CA

University Of California

05/06/03

Los Angeles, CA

Royce Hall UCLA

05/07/03

Scottsdale, AZ

Scottsdale Ctr. For Arts

05/09/03

San Diego, CA

4th & B

05/10/03

Santa Barbara, CA

Campbell Hall

 

Previous 2003 USA

04/09/03

Austin, TX

Paramount Theatre

04/11/03

Brevard, NC

Porter Center For Performing Arts

04/12/03

Atlanta, GA

Rialto Center

04/13/03

Birmingham, AL

Jemison Concert Hall - Alys Stephens

04/14/03

Nashville, TN

Vanderbilt University

04/15/03

Towson, MD

Kraushaar Auditorium

04/17/03

Richmond, VA

Carpenter Center

04/18/03

Philadelphia, PA

Zellerbach Theatre

04/19/03

Red Bank, NJ

Count Basie Theatre

04/24/03

Montreal, QC

Metropolis

04/25/03

Middletown, CT

Wesleyan University

04/26/03

Washington, DC

Lisner Auditorium

04/29/03

Arcata, CA

Humboldt St. University

04/30/03

Davis, CA

Mondavi Performing Arts Center

05/01/03

Chico, CA

California St. University

05/02/03

Redwood City, CA

Fox Theatre

05/03/03

Berkeley, CA

Zellerbach Hall

05/04/03

Berkeley, CA

Zellerbach Hall

05/05/03

Santa Cruz, CA

University Of California

05/06/03

Los Angeles, CA

Royce Hall UCLA

05/07/03

Scottsdale, AZ

Scottsdale Ctr. For Arts

05/09/03

San Diego, CA

4th & B

05/10/03

Santa Barbara, CA

Campbell Hall

 

Cancelled US Tour for Fall 2002

11/01/02

Madison, WI

Oscar Mayer Theatre

11/02/02

Minneapolis, MN

Orchestra Hall

11/03/02

Oshkosh, WI

Grand Opera House

11/05/02

Milwaukee, WI

UWM Wisconsin Room

11/06/02

Detroit, MI

Detroit Orchestra Hall

11/07/02

Kalamazoo, MI

Kalamazoo State Theatre

11/08/02

Chicago, IL

Chicago Theatre

11/09/02

Toledo, OH

Valentine Theater

11/10/02

Hamilton, OH

Parrish Auditorium

11/13/02

Santa Barbara, CA

Campbell Hall

11/14/02

Los Angeles, CA

Royce Hall UCLA

11/15/02

Scottsdale, AZ

Scottsdale Ctr. For Arts

11/16/02

Redwood City, CA

Fox Theatre

11/20/02

Arcata, CA

John Van Duzer Theatre

11/21/02

Chico, CA

Laxson Auditorium

11/22/02

Davis, CA

Mondavi Performing Arts Center

11/23/02

Berkeley, CA

Zellerbach Auditorium

11/24/02

Berkeley, CA

Zellerbach Auditorium

 

2001top

10/23/01

Naples, FL

Philharmonic Center

10/24/01

Tampa, FL

Carol Morsani Theatre

10/26/01

Gainesville, FL

University Of Florida

10/27/01

Atlanta, GA

Rialto Center

10/28/01

Birmingham, AL

Alys Stephens Center

10/30/01

Baltimore, MD

Kraushaar Auditorium

10/31/01

Iowa City, IA

Hancher Auditorium

11/01/01

Milwaukee, WI

University Of Wisconsin

11/02/01

Madison, WI

Oscar Mayer Theatre

11/03/01 Chicago, IL Chicago Theatre

11/04/01

Minneapolis, MN

Orchestra Hall

11/06/01

Macomb, IL

Western Illinois Univ.

11/08/01

Kalamazoo, MI

Kalamazoo State Theatre

11/09/01

Detroit, MI

Detroit Orchestra Hall

11/10/01

Cincinnati, OH

Aronoff Center

11/11/01

Columbus, OH

Southern Theatre

11/13/01

Austin, TX

Paramount Theatre

top

04/12/01

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Broward Center

04/13/01

West Palm Beach, FL

Raymond F. Kravis Center

04/14/01

Lake Buena Vista, FL

House Of Blues

04/17/01

Cullowhee, NC

Western Carolina Univ.

04/18/01

Lexington, KY

Grand Ballroom

04/19/01

Nashville, TN

Vanderbilt University

04/20/01

Springfield, IL

Sangamon Auditorium

04/21/01

University Park, IL

Governors State University

04/22/01

Glen Ellyn, IL

Arts Center At College Of DuPage

04/24/01

Urbana, IL

Krannert Center

04/25/01

Urbana, IL

Krannert Center

04/26/01

Decorah, IA

Luther College

04/27/01

Cedar Falls, IA

Univ. Of Northern Iowa

04/28/01

Ames, IA

Stephens Auditorium

04/29/01

Grinnell, IA

Grinnell College

06/01/01

Toronto, ON

Massey Hall

06/03/01

Seattle, WA

Paramount Theatre

06/05/01

Portland, OR

Arlene Schnitzer Hall

06/06/01

Arcata, CA

John Van Duzer Theatre

06/07/01

Davis, CA

Freeborn Hall

06/08/01

Saratoga, CA

Villa Montalvo Arts Ctr.

06/09/01

San Rafael, CA

Marin Center

06/13/01

San Luis Obispo, CA

Performing Arts Center

06/15/01

El Cajon, CA

E County Performing Arts Center

06/16/01

Los Angeles, CA

Hollywood Bowl

06/18/01

Santa Fe, NM

Lensic Performing Arts Center

06/20/01

Boulder, CO

Chautauqua Amph.

10/28/01

Birmingham, AL

University Of Alabama

10/31/01

Iowa City, IA

Hancher Auditorium

11/02/01

Madison, WI

Oscar Mayer Theatre

11/03/01

Chicago, IL

Chicago Theatre

11/04/01

Minneapolis, MN

Orchestra Hall

11/08/01

Kalamazoo, MI

Kalamazoo State Theatre

11/09/01

Detroit, MI

Detroit Orchestra Hall

2000

06/22/00 Nyon, Switzerland Caribana Festival
06/23/00 Konstanz, Germany Latin Night
06/25/00 Wiesen, Austria Festival
06/27/00 Belgrade, Yugoslavia Sports Hall
06/29/00 Roskilde, Denmark Roskilde Festival
06/30/00 Hamburg, Germany Stadtpark
07/01/00 Cologne, Germany Tanzbrunnen
07/02/00 Brussels, Belgium Couleur Cafe Festival
07/04/00 Paris, France La Cigale
07/05/00 Orleans, France Orleans Festival
07/07/00 Berlin, Germany Waldbuhne
07/08/00 Ludwigsburg, Germany Residenzschloss
07/09/00 Munich, Germany Kongisplatz
07/10/00 Athens, Greece Lycabettus Theatre
07/12/00 Thessaloniki, Greece Theatro Dassous
07/14/00 Perugia, Italy Umbria Jazz Festival
07/22/00 Pori, Finland Pori Jazz Festival
07/23/00 Pori, Finland Pori Jazz Festival
07/28/00 Sallent, Spain Pirineos Del Sur Festival
07/29/00 London, UK Hyde Park
07/30/00 Cambridge, UK Cambridge Folk Festival
08/04/00 Manchester, UK Bridgewater Hall
08/05/00 Dublin, Ireland Witness Festival
08/16/00 Malmo, Sweden Malmo Festival
08/17/00 Copenhagen, Denmark Vega Musikkenshus
08/18/00 Sopot, Poland Sopot Festival
08/19/00 Vaduz, LIC Jazz Festival
08/20/00 Basel, Switzerland Basel Casino Festival
04/17/01 Cullowhee, NC Western Carolina Univ.
04/18/01 Lexington, KY Grand Ballroom
04/19/01 Nashville, TN Vanderbilt University
04/20/01 Springfield, IL Sangamon Auditorium
04/21/01 University Park, IL Governors State University
04/22/01 Glen Ellyn, IL Arts Center At College Of
04/24/01 Urbana, IL Krannert Center
04/25/01 Urbana, IL Krannert Center
04/26/01 Decorah, IA Center For Faith & Life
04/27/01 Cedar Falls, IA Univ. Of Northern Iowa
04/28/01 Ames, IA Stephens Auditorium
05/31/01 Toronto, ON Massey Hall

 

(updated 2/20/00)top

Date City State Venue
03/10/00 Washington DC Lisner Auditorium
03/11/00 Staten Island NY Concert Hall
03/12/00 Baltimore MD Meyerhoff Symph. Hall
03/14/00 Indiana PA Indiana University
03/16/00 Potsdam NY Maxcy Hall Gym
03/17/00 Glenside PA Keswick Theatre
03/18/00 New York NY Town Hall
03/19/00 Boston MA Roxy
03/21/00 Asheville NC Lipinsky Auditorium
03/23/00 Austin TX Paramount Theatre
03/25/00 Albuquerque NM Sunshine Theatre
03/26/00 Boulder CO Boulder Theater
03/27/00 Beaver Creek CO Viler Center For The Arts
03/28/00 Aspen CO Wheeler Opera House
03/30/00 Palm Desert CA McCallum Theatre
03/31/00 Los Angeles CA Royce Hall
04/01/00 Berkeley CA Zellerbach Auditorium
04/02/00 San Rafael CA Marin Center
04/05/00 St. Louis MO Powell Symphony Hall
04/06/00 Chicago IL Chicago Theatre
04/07/00 Madison WI Oscar Mayer Theatre
04/08/00 Minneapolis MN Orchestra Hall
04/09/00 Houghton MI Fisher Hall
04/12/00 Kalamazoo MI Dale Lake Auditorium
04/13/00 Grand Rapids MI Fountain Street Church
04/14/00 Oberlin OH Finney Chapel
04/15/00 Toronto ON Massey Hall
04/16/00 Toronto ON Massey Hall


Fall '99 in Europe

NOV 7 GERMANY Ingolstadt JAZZ FESTIVAL
NOV 8 GERMANY Freiburg KONZERTHAUS
NOV 9 GERMANY Koln/Bonn BEETHOVENHALLE
NOV 10 BELGIUM Brussels ANCIENNE BELGIQUE
NOV 12 SWITZERLAND Biel KONGRESSHAUS
NOV 14 SWITZERLAND Geneva VICTORIA HALL
NOV 16 UK Manchester BRIDGEWATER HALL
NOV 17 UK Leicester DE MONTFORT HALL
NOV 18 UK London SHEPHERDS BUSH EMPIRE
NOV 19 UK London SHEPHERDS BUSH EMPIRE
NOV 20 UK Cambridge CORN EXCHANGE
NOV 21 UK Glasgow THE CITY HALL
NOV 23 FRANCE Paris CABARET SAUVAGE
NOV 24 SPAIN Barcelona PALAU DE MUSICA
NOV 25 SPAIN Madrid LA RIVIERA
NOV 26 SPAIN Madrid LA RIVIERA
NOV 27 SPAIN Granada JAZZ FESTIVAL
NOV 28 SPAIN    
NOV 30 ITALY Roma PALLADIUM
DEC 1 ITALY    
DEC 2 ITALY Pescara PALAROCK
DEC 3 ITALY Udine PALASPORT PRIMO CARNERA
DEC 4 ITALY    
DEC 6 Fly Paris > Havana

1999 Schedule: USA (ends 7/3)top

Date

City

State

Venue

06/10/99

San Francisco CA Warfield

06/11/99

Saratoga CA Garden Theatre

06/13/99

Hollywood CA Hollywood Bowl

06/17/99

Singapore SIN Raffler Jubilee Hall

06/18/99

Singapore SIN Raffler Jubilee Hall

06/20/99

Marysville CA Sierra Nevada World Music Festival, Riverfront Park

Hotline #is (415) 472-5550 E-mail:
epiphanya@aol.com
06/23/99 PORTLAND OR CRYSTAL BALLROOM

06/24/99

Seattle WA King Cat Theatre

06/25/99

Vancouver BC Orpheum Theatre

06/26/99

Edmonton AB Francis Winspear Centre For Music

06/27/99

Boulder CO Chautauqua Amph.

06/30/99

Glenside PA Keswick Theatre
07/01/99 NEW YORK NY HAMMERSTEIN BALLROOM

07/02/99

Montreal QC Theatre Maisonneuve

07/03/99

Toronto ON Harbourfront Centre


1998 Schedule - October: USA (updated 9/16)top

09/25/98 Santa Fe, NM Sweeney Center

10/01/98

Escondido, CA Escondido Concert Hall

10/02/98

Los Angeles, CA

Conga Room

10/03/98

Hollywood, CA

Hollywood Bowl

10/04/98

Berkeley, CA

Zellerbach Auditorium

10/07/98

Minneapolis, MN

First Avenue

10/09/98

Ann Arbor, MI

Michigan Theater

10/10/98

Columbus, OH

Weigel Hall

10/13/98

Green Bay, WI

Weidner Center

10/16/98

Toronto, ON

Massey Hall

10/17/98

Burlington, VT

Flynn Theatre

10/18/98

Boston, MA

Roxy

10/21/98

Portsmouth, NH

Portsmouth Music Hall
10/22/98 Montreal, QC Le Spectrum
10/23/98 Newark, NJ New Jersey Performing Arts Center
10/24/98 Washington, DC George Washington University

Foggy Bottom Breakdown
The Afro-Cuban All Stars Shine at Lisner, 4/28/03top

By David Segal
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, April 28, 2003; Page C01

The concert by the Afro-Cuban All Stars was on the verge of becoming a lawless dance party even before a pregnant woman in a black Lycra top climbed onstage and began to shimmy with the band. But when she lifted her shirt and proudly flashed the world her bulging belly, whatever inhibitions had kept this capacity crowd in its seats on Saturday night were suddenly gone.

It was exhibition time. Bandleader Juan De Marcos issued a one-word directive -- "Dance!" -- and before you could say "Well, look who took salsa lessons," some 25 couples were twirling on the stage at Lisner Auditorium. Hundreds more clogged the aisles. It took a song change and 10 minutes to restore order.

The Afro-Cuban All Stars are based in Havana, and you can't watch them unhinge an audience without pondering Castro-style communism for at least a moment. Repressing a nation of millions for more than 40 years can't be simple, but repressing a nation that makes music as liberating and spirited as the sons, mambos and cha-chas of this 17-member jazz orchestra -- that must take hard work and a twisted kind of genius.

Of course, political subtexts seem beside the point when the Afro-Cuban All Stars are swinging, and they were swinging nearly every moment of this show. This is the latest touring incarnation of the band assembled by De Marcos, a singer and guitarist and the mastermind of "The Buena Vista Social Club," the project that first brought international acclaim to a collection of long-retired Cuban jazz giants. The stars of that movie and its soundtrack -- among them, Ibrahim Ferrer and Compay Segundo -- have spun off to solo careers, so for this excursion De Marcos recruited a new and (for the most part) younger batch of talent.

Judging from the music and reaction it won on Saturday night, the Afro-Cuban franchise will be around for a long time. From the opener, "Tanga," the group wed a Latin big-band sound to styles that are relatively new, like funk, and others that are classics updated for theoccasion (boleros and timbas). It's a little bit Desi Arnaz, a little bit John Coltrane, with a touch of Parliament and just enough 2003 in there to keep it from seeming stuck in a golden age.

The only things truly retro were the suits. Cuba appears to be the land that time forgot -- and with the exception of conga player Adel Gonzalez Gomez, who dressed in the dark blue sport jacket and red tie of a Federal Trade Commission staffer, the stage was awash in colors that haven't been seen in public since that volcano ruined Pompeii. The most striking belonged to the diminutive and graying Ignacio Carrillo, one of the three rotating lead singers in the band, who ambled onstage in a magenta suit and earned some standing ovations before singing a note by grinning impishly and curtsying to the crowd.

He, in turn, was upstaged by the dancing of Pedrito Calvo, the former lead singer of a hugely popular Havana band called Los Van Van. Wearing a brimmed white hat with a dark blue bandana hanging out the back like a raccoon's tail, and looking as solidly built as a linebacker, Calvo nuzzled a redhead in a black cocktail dress whom he plucked out of the audience during one of his handful of performances.

Calvo later yielded the stage to Luis Frank, a beefy and smooth-toned vocalist who had the misfortune of taking the microphone just when a young man in the audience got an epic case of dance fever. The lad helped himself onstage and did a jig that so thoroughly robbed the mildly irked Frank of the spotlight that he finally shook this interloper's hand and shooed him off the stage.

Apparently, not a lot of shy people at this event.

There wasn't a weak link in the band. Pianist David Alfaro Garcia shined on "Tribute to O'Farrill," while trombonist Juan Carlos Marin Eloseguy scored sentimental points with a solo he took during a song written for his wife to mark their third anniversary. Gomez had the stage to himself before the band returned for an encore, and he used it for a four-minute display of conga-pounding, eliciting a reaction you see in World Cup soccer when a team scores.

Only De Marcos spoke English to the crowd, and it's safe to assume that at best half of this strikingly diverse crowd spoke Spanish. But the words don't matter much for a song like "Maria Caracoles," a tune about a man begging a woman to stop dancing. But she can't help herself.

And at Lisner, even those who understood those lyrics kept on shaking, too.

En Brazil, 4/99top

Triunfan en Brasil Compay Segundo y Afro Cuban All Stars
http://www.cubavision-tv.cu/meses/abril/9/cul090499.html

Los cantantes brasileños Caetano Veloso y Marisa Montes bailaron y
cantaron al compás de la música de Compay Segundo y sus Muchachos, y la
banda Afro Cuban All Stars, que actuaron con éxito total en Río de Janeiro y
posteriormente lo harán en Sao Paulo.

Programado para una hora y media, el espectáculo duró casi cuatro y
concluyó bajo protesta del público que reclamaba la presencia de los
veteranos artistas.

Las estrellas de esta embajada cultural son Compay Segundo, de casi 92
años, el pianista Rubén González, de 80, y los cantantes Ibrahim Ferrer, de
73, y Omara Portuondo, quien mantiene una figura y una voz en las que son
difíciles de advertir casi siete décadas de vida.

De todos ellos la única que lleva una carrera artística ininterrumpida es
Omara, pues los demás ya estaban jubilados y casi olvidados, cuando fueron
lanzados a la fama por empresarios extranjeros que los "descubrieron".

El espaldarazo final lo tuvieron el pasado año, cuando agrupados en el disco
Buena Vista Social Club por iniciativa del norteamericano Ry Cooder,
ganaron un premio Grammy en Estados Unidos.

El grupo viajó a Brasil invitado por el Heineken Concerts, que comenzó el
pasado miércoles 7 en los teatros Alfa Real y Tom Brasil, de Sao Paulo. 

Links/Enlacestop

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Afro-Cuban_All_Stars

From Latin Moves web site:
http://www.latinmoves.com/lm/music/afrocuban.htm

It’s a shame that we’ve been deprived of what Cuba has to offer us musically from its people. This CD goes a long way to show us just how much we have missed.

The classic Son, predecessor of mambo and today’s salsa starts off this CD. The first thing you hear that hits you like a ton of bricks is the brass section’s pure big band sound of the late 40’s and early 50’s. What’s appealing throughout this CD and the others to follow is the strong brass, percussion and piano execution (real piano). We get a hint of Mr. Rubén González who besides Chucho Valdes are two of the greatest pianist alive. His playing is exquisite (more on Rubén later). The coro is tightly harmonized and the Cha Cha never sounded so good. 

imusic listing
http://imusic.com/showcase/contemporary/afrocubanallstars.html

Radio Havana's Eugene Godfried on Son vs Salsa
http://afrocubaweb.com/EugeneGodfried.htm

Interview with Juan D'Marcos Gonzalez on SalsaSF
http://www.salsasf.com/Interviews/jdemarcos_eng.html


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