Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Horacio "El Negro" Hernández - Hands, Feet and Soul

Horacio "El Negro" Hernández
For our fourth Discover Jazz class this Wednesday (10/24) at the Jewish Community Center (7-9pm), we highlight the music of Cuba's post-revolutionary era - from Irakere and Los Van Van to unsung heroes such as Emiliano Salvador - and we are thrilled to have as our special guest one of the most versatile and technically brilliant drummers to emerge from the island: Horacio "El Negro" Hernández.

From his mind-boggling chops to his uncanny independence, "El Negro" has recorded and performed with virtually every luminary in jazz, rock and Latin music in addition to proving his skill as a leader and Grammy-winning artist. For this class we will explore the merging of Cuban popular and folkloric idioms with jazz, rock and beyond, and will discuss the extraordinary world of Afro-Cuban drumming techniques that have been at the forefront of the percussion scene over the past several decades. Don't miss this rare West Coast appearance by one of the world's drum virtuosos. Please visit the SFJAZZ website for more info on our Discover Jazz series by clicking here. Here is a clip of Horacio from the 2002 NorthSea Jazz Festival with pianist Michel Camilo and bassist Anthony Jackson - enjoy!

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