Today, rarely is there a chance to witness musicians who represent both the roots and evolution of a genre. In the ’60s, you could witness music history being written in Jazz clubs all over the country, featuring artists who were not just masterful players but creating and expanding an entire musical tradition. Their names are still meaningful today; even those unfamiliar with Jazz music have heard about Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Dizzy Gillespie and know their vital connection to Jazz as we know it.
Cincinnatians will have the opportunity to experience musicians of this stature in the genre of Cuban music: The Afro-Cuban All Stars.
Anyone unfamiliar with Afro-Cuban music need only think of the documentary film Buena Vista Social Club , which helped rocket Cuban music into the modern mainstream. The link between both of these ensembles, which are essentially made of the same members but have a slightly different sound and separate identities, is Juan de Marcos González, who plays tres (a Cuban guitar) and writes the band’s compositions.
Read Liz Wu's interview here.