Today: Michelle Smith Performing Arts 09:00AM - 10:00PM

Ninety Miles: An Exploration of Afro-Caribbean/Cuban-American Jazz

Fri, Apr 26, 2013
Kay Theatre

Photograph of Stefon Harris (vibraphone), Nicholas Payton (trumpet), and David Sanchez (saxophone)

Stefon Harris, vibraphone
Nicholas Payton, trumpet
David Sánchez, saxophone

Accompanied by:
Mauricio Herrera, percussion
Ricardo Rodriguez, bass
Henry Cole, drums
Edward Simon, piano

Historically and politically, the distance between the coastal United States and Cuba has sometimes seemed much farther than its mere ninety miles. But musically, there is a rich tradition of influence and inspiration that has linked the cultures of the two countries that is responsible for some of the most vibrant rhythms of the past century. The Ninety Miles Project brings together Cuban and American musicians to celebrate the rich musical tradition of Afro-Cuban and Cuban-American Jazz that has sparked the imaginations of generations of musicians on both sides of those ninety miles.

Learn more about the history of Afro-Cuban jazz in America and abroad, and listen to recordings by Stefon Harris, Nicholas Payton, and David Sánchez in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library:

  • Books about the history of Afro-Cuban jazz, Cuban music, and Cuban jazz in America
  • Films and recordings of some of the most influential artists of this evolving genre, including Cal Tjader, Machito, Tito Puente, Tito Rodríguez, and Dizzy Gillespie