Scott H. Thompson

2019 Grammy® Nominee
Elio Villafranca
& the Jass Syncopators
featuring Jeremy Pelt

February 16 - Essex Junction, Vermont
February 18-20 - Dizzy's Club NYC


 

Life Stories

Elio Villafranca will debut his new Life Stories program with a rare Vermont appearance at Essex's Double E T-Rex theaters, then hit Dizzy's Club for a special three (3) three night run.

Elio returns to Dizzy's Club with a new version of his Jass Syncopators featuring an exciting musical combination consisting of Jeremy Pelt on trumpet, Roxy Coss on tenor sax, James Burton on trombone, Peter Slavov on bass, drummer Dion Parson, and master Afro Cuban percussionist and vocalist Dreiser Durrutthy Bombalé.

Life Stories is a program of original music by Elio Villafranca written for this band that offers a musical and humanitarian journey of Elio's own life experiences, expanding from Haiti to Cuba to Spain to New Orleans, as told through the rich Afro diaspora's landscape. The program will also include a moving musical piece dedicated to the young teenagers who protested gun violence a few years ago in Washington DC. as well as premiering selections of Villafranca's newest suite "Don't Change My Name," which is a tribute to Florentina Zulueta, who is regarded as the first Queen of the Ararás in the region of Matanzas, Cuba.


Elio Villafranca & The Jass Syncopators
presents Life Stories
Rare Vermont Appearance
Reserve Now!

The Double E: T Rex Theater
21 Essex Way
Essex Junction, VT 05425
Info and Reservations, click here.

Featuring:
Jeremy Pelt - trumpet
Roxy Coss - tenor sax/soprano sax/flute
James Burton - trombone
Hamish Smith - acoustic bass
Dion Parson - drums

Guest artist:

Dreiser Durrutthy Bombalé - percussions/vocals
from Chucho Valdés band.

Elio Villafranca & The Jass Syncopators presents Life Stories
Dizzy's Club - Feb. 18 - 20
Broadway at 60th St., 5th floor - NYC
Info and Reservations, click here.

Featuring:

Jeremy Pelt - trumpet (Feb. 18-19)
Alex Norris - trumpet (Feb. 20)
Roxy Coss - tenor sax/soprano sax/flute
James Burton - trombone
Peter Slavov - acoustic bass
Dion Parson - drums
Guest artist:
Dreiser Durrutthy Bombalé - percussions/vocals
from Chucho Valdés band.


 

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About the Author / Scott H. Thompson

About Scott Thompson Thompson served as Assistant Director of Public Relations for Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York for almost a decade. With a background in broadcast journalism, Thompson’s voice and work has been heard on the Associated Press Radio Network, the Mutual Broadcasting network and NBC-AM New York, on The Morning Show. His experience spans radio, television, print and the internet. Thompson co-produced the New Haven Jazz Festival from 1994-2000. A prolific writer, Thompson has contributed to DownBeat, JazzTimes, Jazziz, and the All Music Guide. He penned the CD liner notes to Herbie Hancock Head Hunters, Weather Report 8:30, George Duke Brazilian Love, Stan Getz The New Collection, The Essence of Maynard Ferguson, and The Essence of Al DiMeola. Scott is one of the original members of the Jazz Journalists Association. Editor’s note: Style Quarterly is very pleased to make the connection with Scott and values his enthusiastic support of Jazz.

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