Latin Jazz and a Taste of La Habana at Teatro Ángela Peralta
By Natalie Golay
Gabriel Hernández and his orchestra blew the roof off the Teatro Ángela Peralta in a fantastic performance of Latin jazz and Cuban music on Saturday, April 2.
The quintet and special guests, led by jazz pianist extraordinaire Gabriel Hernández, were in top form that night, treating the audience to a 90-minute-plus set of world-class music.
“De la Habana para el Mundo” kicked off Hernández’s and special guest Cuban saxophonist Alfred Thompson’s latest tour. They played a number of selections from their 20 años CD, released last fall to mark the reunion of their musical partnership after a 20-year hiatus. Their masterful piano/saxophone duo performance of the CD’s beautiful title track was simply spellbinding.
Many of you are familiar with the incredible level of musicianship here in San Miguel de Allende, regardless of style. On April 2, Latin jazz was king at the Teatro and well represented by every talented member of the orchestra. They all performed beautifully, with outstanding bass and voice performances, gorgeous trumpet solos, edge-of-your-seat conga and drum solos, and even a special guest appearance by flautist Polen Iñaqui.
The concert closed with some traditional Cuban favorites that had us all dancing in our seats. Those of you who have heard these guys play know what I am talking about and are no doubt looking forward to their next concert. If you have not yet had the pleasure, you are missing a truly wonderful experience. Do yourself a favor and catch one of their performances when you get the chance.
You can find out more about Gabriel Hernandez and his orchestra’s performance schedule by visiting his Facebook profile: facebook.com/gabriel.m.cadenas.