NOTEWORTHY: Caribbean Tinge : Live from Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola by pianist/composer Elio Villafranca

Elio Villafranca is at the forefront of the latest generation of remarkable Cuban pianists, composers, and bandleaders that for several years have been making major creative contributions to the international development of modern jazz. In the 2010 Grammy Awards, he was nominated in Best Latin Jazz Album of the Year, for his performance, composition, and coproduction in the album Things I Wanted To Do by Chembo Corniel.

He has released three albums as a bandleader that were each well received. His album The Source in Between remained in the top 10 of the JazzWeek World Top 50 Chart for eleven weeks, and his first album Incantations/Encantaciones was ranked amongst the 50 best jazz albums of the year by JazzTimes magazine in 2003. In 2008 Elio Villafranca was also nominated by The Jazz Corner as the pianist of the year and he received the Jazz Twirlie Nomination by Dick Crockett, of ‘The Voice‘ at 88.7FM, for his album The Source In Between.

That year, Mr. Villafranca was also honored by BMI with the BMI Jazz Guaranty Award and received the first NFA/Heineken Green Ribbon Master Artist
Music Grant for the creation of his Concerto for Mariachi, for Afro-Cuban Percussion, and Symphony Orchestra. Villafranca was also a pianist in the CD La Guerra No by John Santos Y El Coro Folklorico Kindembo, which was nominated in the 2010 Grammy Awards as Best Traditional World Music Album. Over the years Elio Villafranca’s music has featured jazz master artists such as Pat Martino, Jane Bunnett, Terell Stafford, and Eric Alexander, among other notable instrumentalists.

Elio has also performed nationally and internationally as a leader of his quartet, and as a sideman, he has collaborated with leading jazz and Latin jazz artists
including: Wynton Marsalis; Jon Faddis; Sonny Fortune; Giovanni Hidalgo; Eddie Henderson; Miguel Zenón; Cándido Camero; and Johnny Pacheco.
Villafranca has toured Europe and has performed at various world-renowned venues and events including the Blue Note Jazz Festival in Ghent, Belgium; at the Blue Note Jazz Club in Milan and the Umbria Jazz Festival in Perugia, Italy; at the North Sea Jazz Festival at The Hague, Holland, the Guinness Jazz Festival and a national tour of Ireland. ~Editorial Review | Amazon

At your leisure, if you dig Latin Jazz this album is a must-listen-to by Elio Villafranca

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