“There is something going on in Cuba that is, quite simply, raising the bar on music of all kinds. An incredibly talented and visionary group of Cuban millennials are reimagining their African roots through a lens that filters, jazz, soul and funk. And Daymé Arocena is literally giving voice to this movement.”
Felix Contreras, NPR
Columbia Artists & Havana Cuba All Stars present a celebration of women in Cuban jazz, a festive and unique national touring project that brings together the powerful and visionary performances of vocalists Daymé Arocena, Marieme Abdoulaye, and Oriana Melissa, violinist and Musical Director Jenny Padrón, trombonist Claudia Garcia, pianist Maria Chiara Argiró, and violist Monica Cruzata. Performing with members of the legendary Cuban jazz band ASERE of the Havana Cuba All Stars, returning for their third U.S. tour, Jazzistas! is a tribute to the great women of Cuban Jazz and a unique showcase of the current wave of the next...
“Without a doubt you can’t talk about jazz in Cuba without including the women.”
“[Daymé Arocena's] voice opened up to approach the earthy, full-throated cries of Afro-Cuban ritual chants. But the music surrounding her was far from traditional. It was jazz from a piano-bass-drums trio, with the harmonic and rhythmic complexities of hard-bop and the melodic grace of Brazilian pop. Ms. Arocena unites cosmopolitan musicianship with deep roots.”