Cesar Orozco Latin Jazz
49 West Café – Sunday Supper & Jazz
Annapolis, Maryland. USA
Show: 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Reservations: 410-626-9796 or instantseats.com
Cuban/Venezuelan piano virtuoso César Orozco brings exhilarating 49 West Coffeehouse and Wine Bar on Sunday, June 15, celebrating the upcoming release of his new album Stringwise, a duo with Venezuelan cuatro player Jorge Glem. The concert will include percussionist Francisco Vielma, also from Venezuela.
The trio will play well-known jazz standards such as Duke Ellington’s "Take the A Train” and David Forster’s "After the Love Has Gone" as well as “Englishman in New York,” by the great Sting, all in the upcoming album. Other tunes will include "Isn't She Lovely" by Stevie Wonder; “Besame Mucho,” a well-known bolero by Mexican songwriter Consuelo Velázquez; and some traditional Venezuelan folk pieces.
Orozco, a prolific pianist, composer, and arranger, fuses jazz with Cuban and Venezuelan musical styles in unexpected and irresistible ways. Born in Cuba in 1980, moving to Venezuela in 1998, then to the United States in 2012, he has toured extensively, performing and recording with numerous international artists. He holds music degrees from both Peabody Institute in Baltimore and from the National School of Arts in Havana, Cuba.
Orozco has been a guest artist on more than 50 recordings and has produced two other albums with his band, Kamarata Jazz: Son Con Pajarillo (2007) and Orozcojam (2010). The latter received four nominations and was awarded Best Vocal-Instrumental Album at Cubadisco 2012, the most important event of the Cuban recording industry (similar to the Grammy Awards in the U.S). He has worked in many countries with such names as Paquito D’Rivera, Pedrito Martinez, Gary Thomas, Yosvany Terry, Luisito Quintero, Giovanni Hidalgo and many others. In this region, he has played major venues such as Blues Alley and the Kennedy Center, Twins Jazz, and An die Musik Live.
Jorge Glem is a master of the cuatro, considered the national instrument of Venezuela. It is a small ukulele-like guitar with four, five, or six nylon strings. Glem is winner of several prestigious awards. In 2004, he was named Best Cuatro Player at the International Festival of Musica Llanera “El Silbon de Oro” and second place at the International Festival and contest “Siembra del Cuatro.” In 2014, his third album, En el Cerrito, won the Pepsi Music Award for traditional Venezuelan instrumental music. C4Trio’s album, Pa’ Fuera, was nominated for a Latin Grammy award in 2017 for Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album. He is well known in Venezuela, performing extensively throughout the region. He has three musical productions of his own and has participated in over 200, traveling throughout four continents and sharing stage with worldwide figures such as Paquito D’Rivera, Jordan Rudess, Rubén Blades, Carlos Vives, Calle 13, Guaco, Desorden Público, Ensamble Gurrufío, Gualberto Ibarreto, Etienne Charles.
With a clear goal of presenting the cuatro as a universal instrument, in 2017 Glem initiated a social media movement called #4CuatroMusic that reached more than 1k posts in only 3 weeks. He is also working on his next project, a documentary that will incorporate the Cuatro to the sound landscape of the whole world called Flying Fish: A Four Strings Journey Around the World.
Fran Vielma is a multi-percussionist with an extensive knowledge of Caribbean, Venezuelan, and South American rhythms. Much in demand as a performer, Vielma is also an educator, arranger, and composer. His versatility as a percussionist, arranger, and orchestrator of different genres from Caribbean and Afro-Venezuelan to Jazz, world, and concert music has involved him in recording projects, tours, and festivals with renowned musicians in Venezuela, Mexico, South Korea, United States, Panama, and Australia.
Vielma holds a M.M. in Jazz Studies from New England Conservatory, and a B.M. in Performance & Theory from Berklee College of Music, two among the top ten best music institutions of the world. As adjunct faculty of World Music at Salem State University’s Music Department in Massachusetts, he stays current with research on world music. He is an active member of César Orozco & Kamarata Jazz,as well as Eguie Castrillo’s Orchestra. He has taught music seminars, lectures, and master-classes in the US at Berklee College of Music, New England Conservatory, and Salem State University, in Venezuela at The Andes University and Caracas Jazz Workshop, and most recently at Fundación Danilo Pérez during The Panama Jazz Festival.
Fran Vielma’s recent release Tendencias with his Venezuelan Jazz Collective features some of the most important players of jazz scene in the world such as Luis Perdomo, Michael Rodriguez, and Miguel Zenón. He also leads the Venezuelan Jazz Orchestra and the Hidden Treasure Percussion Trio and is a producer/teacher of a jazz seminar at The Andes University in his home country. His versatility as a percussionist, arranger, and orchestrator of different genres from Caribbean and Afro-Venezuelan to Jazz, world, and concert music has involved him in recording projects, tours, and festivals with renowned musicians in Venezuela, Mexico, South Korea, United States, Panama, and Australia.
49 West Coffeehouse and Wine Bar is a sparkling gem in the historic town of Annapolis. It brings art, music, and community together in an ambiance inspired by the traditional European coffeehouse, with a sophisticated and eclectic menu. In its intimate listening room, 49 West present the best in local and regional live music nightly. Jazz, American roots, folk, indie, bluegrass, boss nova, and classical artists highlight the rich diversity of Annapolis’s music scene. Details are on the calendar of events at http://49westcoffeehouse.com/. Reservations are strongly recommended. Call 410-626-9796.