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KCC Productions & caryatid music present NEW DIMENSIONS in LATIN JAZZ at S.O.B.’s Sunday January 11th at 10 pm featuring Sammy Figueroa & His Latin Jazz Explosion Juan-Carlos Formell & Johnny’s Dream Club Silvano Monasterios’ the 4th World Ensemble (NY debut)

NEW DIMENSIONS in LATIN JAZZ, a mini-revival of the prestigious jazz performance series that ran for five months at Jazz Standard in 2007. The series broke new ground by offering a richly-varied program of outstanding Latino bandleaders-composers such as Diego Urcola and Edmar Castaneda, as well as the New York debuts of several exceptional emerging artists, among them, Cuban jazz pianist/composers Elio Villafranca and Osmany Paredes and the Grammy-nominated Brazilian accordionist Tonhino Ferragutti.

The upcoming version of New Dimensions in Latin Jazz on January 11th continues this tradition of excellence — presenting Grammy-nominated bandleaders Sammy Figueroa and Juan-Carlos Formell as well as the New York debut of Venezuelan pianist/composer Silvano Monasterios and his group, The 4th World Ensemble.

Since settling in Miami, Silvano has been in constant demand as a pianist, performing with Ira Sullivan, Paquito D’Rivera, Arturo Sandoval, Randy Brecker, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Shakira and David Lee Roth. His work with The 4th World Ensemble shows him to be a subtle and complex artist who has mastered a bifurcated vision of contemporary jazz and the hauntingly beautiful musical traditions of his homeland.

The legendary percussionist Sammy Figueroa, now based in Miami, has played and recorded with a who’s who of stars in jazz and pop — from Miles Davis and the Brecker Brothers to Mariah Carey and David Bowie. Since becoming a leader in his own right he’s garnered Grammy nominations for his two albums “…And Sammy Walked In” and “The Magician”. “Percussionist Sammy Figueroa advances a bright ideal of Latin jazz.” — NY Times

Grammy-nominated Cuban composer/guitarist/vocalist Juan-Carlos Formell is a 4th generation musician. His fifth album, “Johnny’s Dream Club”, recorded in New Orleans, presents a stellar line-up of Latin jazz musicians: Cuban jazz pianist Elio Villafranca, Argentinian bassist Pedro Giraudo, Cuban percussionist Jorge Leyva, and Lewis Kahn, the renowned virtuoso of trombone and violin. Named for a legendary Havana jazz cabaret, Johnny’s Dream Club represents a place outside time — the vortex of the tumultuous force field between New Orleans and Havana, where the parallel lines of Cuban music and American jazz converge. “Juan-Carlos Formell continues to open new doors for a pan-Latin sound: Cuban song forms working as a fulcrum to create tunes without boundaries. David Byrne and Caetano Veloso have used this approach — yet Formell adds a technical brilliance and sense of grounding.” — VARIETY

S.O.B.’s 204 Varick St (corner of Houston) $20 advance purchase $15 at the door for more information