In another of the SFJAZZ Top Ten shows to see this season, Havana-born pianist Harold López-Nussa and his trio are joined on September 25 by special guest – saxophonist and SFJAZZ Collective member, David Sánchez – for what’s described as “a virtuoso evening of power and passion”.
Classically-trained López-Nussa comes from an eminent musical family, and in the early years of his career, performed as a soloist at some of Cuba’s most important theatres – appearing with ensembles such as the Cuban National Symphony, Holguín Symphony, and Matanzas Symphony orchestras, as well as with Havana Lyceum Mozartiano.
Described by the Havana Times as “…. among the greatest pianists of Cuba”, he first caught the attention of the jazz world when he emerged from the 2005 Montreux Jazz Piano Competition with top honors, since when he has established himself as a particularly gifted artist, combining his stunning technique and affinity for jazz with the music of his homeland.
Two years later, Harold López-Nussa decided to focus on jazz, and between 2008 and 2011 he was a member of Omara Portuondo’s international jazz tours. He has played with some of the most impressive figures of Cuban traditional and popular music, as well as with distinguished jazz musicians such as Chucho Valdés, Horacio “El Negro” Hernández, Christian Scott, Stefon Harris, Bobby Carcassés, Elmer Ferrer, Alexander Brown, and, of course, David Sánchez.
He’s also a member of Maraca & The Monterey Latin Jazz All-Stars, an ensemble which – under Cuban flautist, composer and arranger Orlando ‘Maraca’ Valle – gathers together some of the best Latin jazz soloists from the US, Cuba, Europe and Puerto Rico.
Puerto Rican tenor sax virtuoso, David Sánchez, is one of the most acclaimed jazz instrumentalists, of whom The New York Times has written: “David Sánchez plays with unforced authority and a searching, smoldering cadence.” He has nine albums to his credit (as a bandleader), five Grammy nominations, and he won a Latin Grammy Award in 2004 for his orchestral session, Coral.
The Harold López-Nussa Trio – with Jorge ‘Sawa’ Perez on bass and Ruy Adrián López-Nussa on drums – is joined by David Sánchez in the Miner Auditorium at SFJAZZ on Thursday September 25th.
Also appearing at SFJAZZ this week are the multi-generational band, The Cookers on September 26 (the performance is almost sold out), kora stars Toumani Diabaté & Sidiki Diabaté on September 27 (this performance is already sold out, but check for returns on the day) and the John Santos Sextet on September 28.
For more information on all performances, visit www.sfjazz.org