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New York City Jazz Drummer to Appear at El Vergel Bistro

By Azande Cummings

The El Vergel Bistro is proud to present nationally known drummer and educator Azande “Drummin” Cummings and his band, the 2016 Alma Jazz Trio, to perform from November 4–26 on Friday and Saturday evenings from 6:30 to 9pm.

Azande “Drummin” Cummings and the 2016
Alma Jazz Trio
Fri and Sat, Nov 4–26, 6:30–9pm
El Vergel Bistro
Camino El Vergel s/n (across from Candelaria)

Five decades after first playing bongos in the subways of New York City, 65-year-old percussionist Azande “Drummin” Cummings has managed to still be a well-oiled drumming machine, now leading the pristine 2016 Alma Jazz Trio here in San Miguel de Allende.

After graduating from the university of New York City streets and already performing professionally with New York’s finest musicians (Richard Williams, Roland Alexander, and Wes Belcamp), he relocated to Texas to attend North Texas State University. Azande’s burgeoning popularity and fine musicianship was quickly validated by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, which awarded him its Jazz Drummer of the Year Award in 1980. It was in 1981, while working with tenor saxophonist Marchel Ivery and pianist Al Malacara, that he met and starting performing with legendary jazz pianist Red Garland.

In 1983 Azande returned to New York City to command the drum chair for the Broadway musical Ain’t Misbehavin’ at Neil’s New Yorker. For the next three decades he performed in over 100 Broadway musicals, has been Associate Professor of Music at Five Towns College and led the Ase’ Jazz Band.

As of late, Azande has moved to San Miguel de Allende and performs on vibraphone and drum set with the 2016 Alma Jazz Trio. Look for the 2016 Alma Jazz Trio’s new release and tour—an ambitious project for the drummer for all seasons. It is just another stop in what has been shaping up as an impressive jazz career.

Azande Cummings is available for local and phone interviews. Please call 415 114 2834 to set up a time that is convenient.


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