With the aim of spreading rhythms of African-American origin among the new generations, the First Mérida-New York Jazz Encounter took place at the Olimpo Cultural Center, within the framework of the Merida Fest 2019.
In this multicultural concert the band based in the Yucatan capital, “Té Para Dos” (tea for two), had as guests two important New York musicians, who offered the best of their talent, as well as the great technical skill that has led them to alternate with prestigious musicians of the genre.
The main musician is the saxophonist Zaid Nasser, a native of Memphis, Tennessee, who has made several international tours, as well as the no less experienced Japanese Rie Yamaguchi-Borden, a well-known acclaimed drummer in New York clubs that, together with her husband, own the Smalls Jazz Club in the Big Apple.
The host musical quartet turns the smells of the cotton fields into rich tonalities and blends them with European harmonies to give new life to the music that for decades has given happiness to all music lovers around the world.
“To develop this work, we have taken as a vehicle the classic beats created by great composers and are brought to the present with a renewed vision”, reported Carlos Ramos Rosado, guitarist of the group.
He explained that the program was composed by some of the most representative blues, fused with a touch of dixieland, a little manouche and some tints of Gypsy-Bop, but following the traditional line of jazz and taking advantage of the virtuosity of American instrumentalists improvisation throughout the event.
TYT Newsroom with information from SIPSE