Jazz at Lincoln Center Presents The Swing Collective
The Swing Collective is a new quintet of enormously talented young musicians representing five countries of origin. Chilean tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana made history in 2013 as the first female instrumentalist to win the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, and she's since become a prolific bandleader and soloist known for her fierce sound and gift for melody. Trinidadian trumpeter Etienne Charles is a 2015 Guggenheim Fellow whose signature blend of Afro-Caribbean musical traditions in contemporary jazz contexts has made him an audience favorite at Jazz at Lincoln Center and beyond. Cuban pianist Elio Villafranca combines a cross-continental scope of influences into original works that are conceptually thought-provoking, musically ambitious, and always well received by listeners. Japanese bassist Yasushi Nakamura is a versatile, relentlessly driving rhythm player and soloist widely regarded as one of New York's hardest-swinging and most dependable musicians. Finally, Jacksonville, Florida native Ulysses Owens Jr. is a multi-Grammy Award-winning drummer, composer and bandleader with several acclaimed albums who's worked with Christian McBride, Joey Alexander, Diane Schuur and Kurt Elling. These formidable artists come to The Appel Room, where they'll debut brand new works composed specifically for their extraordinary collective.
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