“Jazz Plaza: HotHouse Meets Havana” Continues Through Jan. 24

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The award-winning Chicago-based nonprofit arts presenter HotHouse is offering the official worldwide streaming platform for “Jazz Plaza: HotHouse Meets Havana” Jan. 21-24. Programming, recorded upfront, will likely be streamed on HotHouse’s streaming platform. Each program will likely be preceded by a 30 minute dance celebration hosted by DJ Madrid. “Jazz Plaza: HotHouse Meets Havana” is co-produced by HotHouse director, producer, curator and founder Marguerite Horberg and Raul Cuza; and is sponsored partially by Cuban Instituto de la Musica and Ministereo de Cultura.

Artists/hosts Jan 22-24 applications are as follows:


Richton Thomas (Host). Thomas is a advantageous artist, board member at HotHouse, host of a jazz radio program broadcasting out of the University of Chicago’s WHPK 88.5 FM and seasonal emcee for the Museum of Contemporary Art’s Jazz on the Terrace sequence.

  • Michael Herrera. Saxophonist Herrera has labored extensively with jazz grasp Bobby Carcacess. He can also be a favourite of Grammy Award-winners Joaquín Betancourt, Maraca and most notably Omara Portuondo. He has carried out at the very best venues in Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland, Russia, Holland, Spain and Canada.
  • Ari Brown with Yosef Ben-Israel and Charles Heath. Brown has lengthy been thought-about by critics as a grasp saxophonist, one of many elder practitioners of “the Chicago sound” and an artist deserving of a lot recognition. Ben-Israel is double bass participant who has lengthy been related to the AACM and regularly performs in teams led by Ernest Dawkins and Brown. Heath is a flexible and famend musician taking part in something from Jazz and Blues to Gospel and Latin music. He is at present the drummer for jazz legend Ramsey Lewis.
  • Coco Elysses with Alexis Lombre and Ivan Taylor. Elysses gained an ALTA Award for Best Original Music in a Play and was a featured musician within the critically claimed FOX TV drama “Empire.” Lombre is a younger jazz pianist with a just lately debuted album, “Southside Sounds,” that soulfully displays on her upbringing.


Mark Ruffin (Host). This Grammy-nominated broadcaster, producer and author has gained the regional Chicago/Midwest Emmy Awards twice, and been the Program Director/On-Air host for Sirius XM’s Real Jazz channel since 2007.

  • James Sanders and Leandro López Várady. Sanders leads the long-running Latin jazz teams Conjunto and Proyecto Libre. He is a daring presence in Chicago’s artistic music motion and has carried out all over the world staying true to his Caribbean roots. López Várady acquired a Gold Record Award for his participation in Mietek Szczeniak’s “Nierówmi” album and is a pianist for the Orbert Davis’ Chicago Jazz Philharmonic.
  • Roberto Fonseca. This Grammy-nominated Cuban pianist, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer and bandleader has launched 9 solo albums, collaborated throughout genres and toured the world a number of instances over.
  • Ben La Mar Gay with Mike Reed and Mayda Del Valle. La Mar Gay is a Chicago South Side native and famend collaborator; his true composing method is giving life to an thought whereas exploring and increasing on the time period “Americana.” Reed leads and co-leads a number of working space bands and is founding director of the Pitchfork Music Festival, the present programming chair of the Chicago Jazz Festival. Poet and performer Del Valle gained the 2001 National Poetry Slam title and has been featured in Latina Magazine, The New York Times and named by Smithsonian Magazine as one among America’s Young Innovators within the Arts and Sciences.
  • Orlando “Maraca” Valle. Valle is at present one of the vital internationally acknowledged Cuban musicians. His albums have acquired quite a few awards at at “Cubadisco” and different necessary document trade occasions.


Richard Steele (Host). Recently retired host and contributor to Chicago’s NPR station WBEZ’s discuss reveals and jazz applications, Steele is a previous president of NATRA, the black radio announcer’s guild.

  • Ruy López-Nussa. Percussionist López-Nussa is a star of a weekly Culture Ministry live performance to assist social isolation within the battle towards COVID-19. He has served as professor at Havana’s Alejandro García Caturla and Amadeo Roldán Music Schools and carried out at worldwide jazz festivals. He can also be writer of “Ritmos de Cuba. Percusión y Batería” (Rhythms of Cuba. Percussion and Drums), that delves into the roots of Cuban tradition.
  • Tomeka Reid and Junius Paul. Cellist/composer Reid is a Foundation of the Arts and threeArts Awardee. She was just lately acknowledged as a “New Jazz Power Source” by the New York Times. Composer, bandleader and acoustic and electrical bassist Paul’s debut album, “Ism,” (2019) garnered a 4-star score from Downbeat Magazine.
  • Edward Wilkerson with Jamie Kempkers and Jim Baker. As founder and director of the cutting-edge octet 8 Bold Souls, and the 25-member efficiency ensemble Shadow Vignettes, cellist/clarinetist/composer Wilkerson has toured festivals and live performance halls all through the world. Cellist Kempkers, was a member of the Holland, Mich. band Marzuki and is at present an ensemble member of Tatsu Aoki’s MIYUMI Project. Baker is an eccentric and deep-thinking synth grasp who has jammed with a number of the finest on the planet.
  • Alejandro Falcón. Pianist/composer Falcón has shared the stage and collaborated with the nice artists of Cuba and the world together with Arturo O’Farrill, Brad Mehldau, Buena Vista Social Club and Omara Portuondo, Oscar de León and Randy Brecker. In 2008 he based Alejandro Falcón and Cubadentro, a jazz group composed of piano, bass, drums and tumbadoras.

There is not any paywall, nevertheless viewers are inspired to buy a ticket (advised value, $25) or make a donation. For extra info go to hothouse.internet.

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