Sunday, September 30, 5:00-6:00PM
As a youth in Havana, singer/composer/multi-instrumentalist ANGEL D’CUBA (born Angel Luis Badell) was already exploring music from the rest of the world, while also absorbing and sharing his own rich heritage.
His early career in Cuba included work with a group led by the late Emiliano Salvador, but his time as lead singer with the renowned Latin jazz collective Mezcla, which performed a broad spectrum of world music, soul, rock, and jazz, as well as “traditional” Cuban styles, was the experience that had the strongest influence on his future approach to music.
Adopting a stage name that proudly proclaims his island roots, d’Cuba has spent the past 15 years in Chicago spreading the sultry rhythms of timba: salsa’s funky, Afro-Cuban musical cousin. His CD, Heritage, a collection of pan-tropical jams, features d’Cuba’s own compositions and arrangements in an expanded ensemble setting, showcasing his wide musical range, while still honoring his roots.
The musicians are: ANGEL D’CUBA (vocals and percussion); JAMES CORNOLO (guitar, tres cubano); VICTOR GARCIA (trumpet); EDWIN SANCHEZ (keyboards); JOSHUA RAMOS (bass); JOE RENDON (congas); JAIME CLAUDIO (drums).