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Scullers Jazz Club
Doubletree Guest Suites - Boston 400 Soldiers Field Road Boston, MA 02134
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Dave Samuels’ Caribbean Jazz Project, the Latin jazz collective founded by vibraphonist David Samuels, steel pan drummer Andy Narell and saxophonist Paquito d’Rivera, crafted their first recordings on Heads Up International in the 1990’s and immediately captured the imagination of audiences and critics worldwide. In the years since, the Grammy Award winning ensemble CJP led by Samuels, has recorded subsequent albums on the Concord label and a few of the faces in the group’s roster have changed. Nevertheless, Samuels and company continue to explore and test the commonly accepted boundaries of Latin jazz – and jazz in general – via innovative compositions and exciting arrangements.

Their 2008 Grammy nominated release “Afro Bop Alliance” recasts nine CJP signature pieces – some by Samuels and others by Coltrane, Monk and other jazz luminaries – in a fresh new light via full-bodied arrangements by the Maryland-based Afro Bop Alliance, one of the most exciting new bands on the Latin jazz scene today. Since their inception less than five years ago, the brassy and high-energy Afro Bop Alliance has electrified audiences at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Smithsonian Jazz Café, The W. C. Handy Jazz Festival and many other music and cultural festivals.

With his distinct musical personality, Dave Samuels has established himself as the top mallet player of his generation. He is recognized for his fresh new sound and creative approach to both the vibraphone and marimba. Dave has demonstrated his versatility and gained worldwide recognition by performing and recording with a broad scope of artists ranging from Gerry Mulligan, Oscar Peterson, Chet Baker, Stan Getz, Carla Bley, The Yellowjackets, Pat Metheny, Bruce Hornsby, Frank Zappa, The Fantasy Band, Spyro Gyra, Double Image and The Caribbean Jazz Project.

Throughout his career, Dave has been recognized by fans and critics alike for his quality performances and recordings. During his time with Spyro Gyra, the 5-time Grammy nominated group was named #1 Contemporary Jazz Artist and Contemporary Jazz Group of the 80’s by Billboard magazine. Dave’s other awards include being voted Best Vibes Player in both Jazziz and Modern Drummer Magazine. He received a Grammy Award in 2003 for “Best Latin Jazz Recording” with the Caribbean Jazz Project, and their CD, “The Gathering”. In 2004 he received a second Grammy Nomination for “Best Latin Jazz Recording” for the Caribbean Jazz Project’s release “Birds of a Feather” and again in 2005 received an unprecedented third consecutive Grammy Nomination for the Caribbean Jazz Project’s release “Here and Now – Live in Concert.”

Flutist Dave Valentin, co-leader of the CJP, came on board two years ago when the group released its debut Concord Picante project, “New Horizons.” A New York native of Puerto Rican heritage, Valentin is one of the most successful and critically acclaimed Latin instrumentalists of his generation. His career as a solo artist, recording and touring with his own group, has been augmented by such high profile opportunities as his role as music director of the late Tito Puente’s all-star Latin jazz ensemble. Valentin’s contributions shine throughout The Gathering, but are particularly expressive on his self-penned “See You in a Minute,” a rhythmically bracing work he dedicates to the memory of a lifelong inspiration, the late Cuban flutist Jose Fajardo.

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