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FRIDAY JANUARY 22, at 7pm CST
DANCE PARTY BEFORE THE SHOW
Warm up and dance with your own Cuban Cocktail as we count down to the HotHouse Meets Havana Festival each night
Toast to HotHouse at 34 years with a brindis (cocktail ) and a dance
Thursday January 21- Sunday January 24 at 6:30pm CST
Opening each night will be a “cuban cocktail dance party” at 6:30 pm CST with DJ MADRID – Zoom registration pass code is 756 523
Friday JANUARY 22 at 7pm
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MICHEL HERRERA, ARI BROWN WITH YOSEF BEN ISRAEL AND CHARLES HEATH, COCO ELYSSES WITH ALEXIS LOMBRE & IVAN TAYLOR, FRANK FERNANDEZ, RICHTON THOMAS, HOST
Michel is from Havana, Cuba. He began “his conservatory training at the age of 10 at Escuela Elemental de Música Manuel Samuell as a saxophone major where he completed his basic studies.”
He also studied saxophone at the “prestigious conservatory Conservatorio Amadeo Roldan.” While studying at Roldan, he began developing his own unique “style of classical and popular music combined.” It was at Roldan that his interest in Jazz was born.
Michel’s unique style won him an award at the international JoJazz competition in 2005 and the adoration of the audience. At the Jojazz competition in 2006 he received an award for composition and interpretation. This competition exhibited Michel’s musical development with “a more solid concept, both musically and aesthetically.” In 2010 Michel was given the great honor of being on the panel of judges at the JoJazz competition.
Michel “has worked extensively with jazz master Bobby Carcacess. He is also a favorite of grammy winner Joaquín Betancourt, Jorge Reyes, Jorge Luis Chicoy, Orlando Sánchez, grammy winner Maraca and most notably Omara Portuondo. He has performed at the best venues in Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland, Russia, Holland, Spain and Canada.”
ARI BROWN WITH YOSEF BEN ISRAEL AND CHARLES HEATH
ArI Brown, a Chicago native, is an internationally renowned saxophonist, flautist and pianist, as well a prolific arranger composer, and teacher. Ari began his professional career around 1965, performing with soul, rock and blues bands throughout Chicago, Wisconsin, and Michigan, where he performed with such vocalists and vocal groups as Gene Chandler, the Chi-Lites, B.B. King, Lou Rawls, Four Tops, and the Emotions. He continued performing with jazz and R&B bands in Chicago, the Midwest and on the East Coast, performing with such artists Muhal Richard Abrams, the Awakening, Chuck Berry, the Dells, Billy Eckstine, the Emotions, the Four Tops, Walter Jackson, Della Reese, and Sonny Stitt.
Since 1979, Mr. Brown has been able to pursue his passion (musically) by performing almost exclusively in the Jazz idiom. His performances throughout Chicago, and the USA, Africa, Asia, Brazil, Canada, the Caribbean, and Europe, have been with; his own working band, the Ari Brown Quartet, and includes The AACM Experimental Orchestra, The Art Ensemble of Chicago, the Ritual Trio, Hamiett Bluitt, Lester Bowie, Anthony Braxton, Donald Byrd, Ken Chaney, Kahil El Zabar, Jon Faddis, Malachi Favors, Von Freeman, Elvin Jones, Roscoe Mitchell, Famoudou Don Moye, David Murray, Pharoah Sanders, Archie Shepp, Stop-Time Orchestra, McCoy Tyner, Val Gray Ward, Edward Wilkerson, and Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra with Orbert Davis.
Mr. Brown has enjoyed a prolific recording career as session leader and sideman. A selected list of his recordings include the following; Venus (Ari Brown) Delmark Records, 1998, Ultimate Frontier (Ari Brown) Delmark Records, 1996, All The Magic (Lester Bowie), 1982, Renaissance Of The Resistance (Ritual Trio) 1994, Africa N’da Blues (Ritual Trio featuring Pharoah Sanders), 2000.
YOSEF BEN ISRAEL
Yosef Ben Israel is an actor, educator and double bass player who has long been associated with the AACM. He frequently performs in groups led by Ernest Dawkins and Ari Brown.
Originating from Chicago, IL, Charles “Rick” Heath IV is a versatile and renowned musician from local to international levels. Playing anything from Jazz and Blues to Gospel and Latin music, his signature sound is prominent in the recording studios, concert settings, live Broadway theater platforms, and currently as the drummer for pianist and jazz legend Ramsey Lewis. Some of his proudest accolades include works with Donald Byrd, McCoy Tyner, and Slide Hampton. He also served as the resident drummer with the national tour of Oprah Winfrey and Quincy Jones’ theater production of “The Color Purple.” He is often rotating hats of composer, band leader, recording artist, musical director, producer and teacher and simply inspires and outreaches to his surrounding communities at all times.
COCO ELYSSES WITH ALEXIS LOMBRE AND IVAN TAYLOR
Coco Elysses, a modern day renaissance woman hails from Robbins, Illinois and is a producer, musician, actress, voice-over artist, screenwriter and poet. Coco completed her MFA in creative writing. She has won the ALTA Award for Best Original Music in a Play, was a featured musician in the critically claimed FOX TV drama Empire.
She has performed internationally in numerous festivals including: the Frankfurt Jazz Festival, Made in Chicago Jazz Festival in Poznan, Poland and in Pisa, Italy.
Coco was also a featured musician in the book, Black Women and Music: More than The Blues, documenting historical female musicians and Jazz- A Documentary featuring several Chicago musician and their unique contributions to this classic American music.
ALEXIS LOMBRE is a young jazz pianist who discovered early that the true essence of music is not just about what you hear but how music makes you feel. Her musical mission is to keep the ‘Soul’ in music alive. The 2017 release of her debut album, “Southside Sounds”, does just that, as it is a soulful reflection of her upbringing on Chicago’s Southside. This collection of her original compositions is an attempt to pay homage to the Southside’s lively artistic, cultural heritage
She has played with internationally known musicians such as: James Carter, Ernest Dawkins, the AACM Great Black Music Ensemble, Makaya McCraven, Donald Harrison, Bobby Watson, Buster Williams, Wadada Leo Smith, Dee Alexander, J Moss, Cece Peniston, Rudresh Mahanthappa, and Nona Hendrix. And her band has been opening acts for Chris Dave & the Drumhedz and Marquis Hill.
Born in Southern, Illinois in 1984, Ivan Taylor has been playing the bass since he was nine years old. He had an illustrious high school career, playing with the Illinois All-State Jazz band, The Grammy Band, and Chicago Jazz masters Von Freeman and Orbert Davis.
Since 2005 He has been a member of Mulgrew Miller’s trio and sextet Wingspan touring internationally. Ivan’s Major influences are George Benson, Ray Brown, Israel Crosby, Stanley Clark, Gary Granger, Jaco Pastorius, John Patitucci, Ron Carter, and Christian McBride. He has the ability to play both Upright and electric bass with equal agility. Ivan also plays the guitar at an exceptional level which he plans to feature on future albums
Frank Fernández Tamayo is a Cuban pianist, teacher and composer. Fernández began playing the piano at age four and began lessons with his mother, Altagracia Tamayo, at age five. Tamayo was the director of the Obrón Academy in Mayarí. He was later taught by Esteban Forés in Mayarí. As a young man, Fernández moved to Havana, where he played in nightclubs and cabarets. He was admitted to the Amadeo Roldán Conservatory, where he was taught by Margot Rojas. Critics have described Fernández as “a man touched by the divine,” “one of the master interpreters of the most sublime moments of music in the world” or “someone without precedent, an unforgettable pianist,”. Fernández has written more than 650 works in different formats, from ballets, choirs and symphonies to arrangements of popular music, as well as television and radio themes. He has worked with Silvio Rogíguez, Vicente Feliú, and Pancho Amat.
On August 18, 2015, at age 71, Fernandez made his U.S. performance debut at the Ravinia Festival, in Highland Park, Illinois.
RICHTON GUY THOMAS – HOST
Richton is a fine artist, board member at HotHouse, docent in many of Chicago’s prominent arts spaces, host of jazz radio program broadcasting out of the Universty of Chicago on WHPK 88.5 fm and seasonal emcee at the Museum of Contemporary Art’s Jazz on the Terrace series.