Ernán López-Nussa In Concert

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Cuban pianist Ernán López-Nussa will perform Saturday, April 29, both solo and with a jazz band.

Cuban pianist Ernán López-Nussa will perform Saturday, April 29, both solo and with a jazz band.

Ernán López-Nussa
Plus Jon Cleary, Alexey Marti and Members of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Saturday, April 29
9:00 p.m. (doors open at 8:30 p.m.)
The George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center
1225 N. Rampart Street, New Orleans
Free admission; no advance registration required

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation presents a special Jazz & Heritage Concert featuring the Cuban pianist Ernán López-Nussa performing both solo and with guest Jon Cleary, Alexey Marti and members of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

The concert takes place Saturday, April 29, at the George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center starting at 9 p.m. Doors open at 8:30 p.m.

Admission is free. No advance registration is required and there are no reserved seats.

Doors open at 8:30 p.m. Seating is limited and is on a first-come, first-served basis. Those unable to find a seat are welcome to enjoy the concert in our two overflow areas until seats in the auditorium become available. There will be two 60-minute sets - a solo piano recital starting at 9 p.m., and a full-band set starting at 10:15 p.m.

Ernán will perform solo piano and also accompanied by a traditional New Orleans jazz band that includes members of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band: trumpeter Mark Braud, trombonist Freddie Lonzo and clarinetist Louis Ford. Multi-instrumentalist Jon Cleary and Cuban percussionist Alexey Marti also will join the group.

One of the most renowned musicians, composers and educators in his native Havana, López-Nussa is also a devotee of New Orleans music.

Ernán López-Nussa has built an international reputation from his authentic combination of classical lyricism and New World rhythm. He is a gifted composer, arranger and interpreter, creating music with impressive formal richness and great versatility. Ernán studied classical piano at the prestigious Cuban Institute of Arts, and developed his musical style in the 1980s when he met fellow members of the group Afrocuba at the Cuban School of Music. There he came into contact with the talented generation of Cuban musicians that includes Oriente Lopez, Omar and Oscarito Valdes. With this group, Ernán situated himself at the head of the Cuban music vanguard, a phase that peaked when he worked with the famous Cuban singer Sylvio Rodriguez on two releases, “Causas y Azares” and “Oh Melancolia.” He then founded “Cuarto Espacio,” a group that brought together the talents of ex-members of Afrocuba to create a new jazz sound.

During his solo career, Ernán toured and performed in England at Ronnie Scott’s, at the New Morning in Paris, and tours in Chicago, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, Madrid, Rome and many other cities around the world.

Don't miss this rare opportunity to see Ernán López-Nussa perform in New Orleans. It promises to be an exciting evening that showcases the connections between Cuban and New Orleans music.

This concert is supported in part with a grant from the Preservation Hall Foundation.

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