Elio Villafranca: Letters to Mother Africa
Celebrate Black History • 1h 36m
Visionary Cuban pianist and composer Villafranca brings us an ambitious and culturally enlightening program. Leading an all-star band, Villafranca examines a wide range of jazz written with great reverence to Africa. Exploring jazz's deep, unifying roots in Africa, Villafranca incorporates musical traditions and instruments from across the continent into Western jazz contexts, demonstrating common traits as well as the deep diversity of African influences.
Elio Villafranca – piano
Billy Harper – tenor saxophone
David Murray – tenor saxophone
Vuyo Sotashe – vocals
Dezron Douglas – bass
Abdou Mboup – percussion
Lewis Nash – drums
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