Special to the Parade
What’s the shortest distance to stellar entertainment at The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College Arts Center? It’s “90 Miles,” a standout jazz trio and its collaborative salute to the island nation only 90 miles from Key West.
In a 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 performance with Cuban accents, co-leaders Stefon Harris on vibraphone, trumpeter Nicholas Payton and David Sanchez on saxophone promise a range of jazz expression from the recent “Ninety Miles” album – and beyond. Whether recording in Havana or on their current national tour, the talented trio uses a blend of traditional bebop, Latin and Afro-Caribbean elements to bridge a gap of politics, language and culture that can be wider than the lines on a map.
A four-time Grammy nominee, Harris has been called “one of the most important young artists in jazz,” and was the 2011 Latin Jazz Vibes Player of The Year. Sanchez was born in Puerto Rico, went to New York as a teenager, and won a Grammy for his saxophone work in 2004. Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Payton hails from New Orleans. Their individual work as composers and band leaders includes many cross-cultural projects and what critics have called “adventurous collaborations.”
Dr. Dan Barnard, Arts Center Director, said Harris, Payton and Sanchez are all outstanding artists in their own right, coming together on a special project that will delight a Rio Grande Valley audience.
“These are each excellent musicians,” Barnard said. “To have any one of them here by themselves would be great, and to have all of them together in this project is truly phenomenal.”
For more information, visit utb.edu/artscenter or call (956) UTB-TKTS (882-8587).