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Saturday, August 15, Seven Steps to Havana (9 pm, $12).
Saturday, 15 August 2009

ImageSeven Steps to Havana was founded in 2005 by saxophonist, flautist, and composer Douglas Little. A leader of multiple ensembles including Motion Poets, Charanga Tropical, and his own jazz quartet, Little has recorded nine CDs and toured throughout the United States and Europe. Already a ten-year jazz veteran when he traveled to Cuba music research, Little's time on the island was eye opening, ear popping, and career altering. After five months in Havana, Little returned to the states and sought out the musicians to form Seven Steps to Havana. Since its inception the ensemble has been energizing audiences with its mix of American jazz and authentic rhythms from Cuba and beyond.

ImageSeven Steps to Havana includes Viviana Pintado (pianist/vocalist)- from Cuba, 3-time Latin Grammy nominee with Albita, world tours, multiple CDs; Eliezer Freitas-Santos (percussion)- from Brazil, the son of Candomble' (Afro Brazilian Religion) priests, tours throughout Americas and Europe and lived and performed in Argentina for fourteen years; Mark Miller (trombone) - American, multiple CDs to credit, tours throughout USA and Japan, performances with Jose Fajardo and other Salsa greats, resides in New York City; Bill Simenson (trumpet) - American, superb improviser, exceptional composer for Big Bands and arranger for salsa orchestras; ImageYohannes Tona (bass) - from Ethiopia, international tours with Gospel, jazz, and Latin groups;  Rey Rivera (drums/timbales) - Puerto Rico/USA, world-class drummer, he has performed internationally including an extended residency in Berlin with multiple CDs to credit; and Douglas Little (saxophone/flute/leader) - American, international tours, multiple CDs, extended studies in Cuba, artist residency in France, numerous fellowships and awards.

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