The African and Caribbean Jazz Project

The African and Caribbean Jazz Project

The African and Caribbean Jazz Project plays mainly original compositions of the group’s members, who are all composers as well as standout musicians. A full warm sound, melodic spicy solos and vibrant grooves are the ingredients of this special world music and jazz flavored ensemble.
 
The Project is featuring world- class Puerto Rican- born percussion player and composer Leopoldo F. Fleming, who worked with Nina Simone for more than 30 years as well as other musical giants such as Miriam Makeba, Harry Belafonte, Novella Nelson, Lonnie Liston Smith, Sonny Stitt, Leon Thomas, Randy Weston, Archie Shepp, Kenny Barron, Horace Parlan, David Murray, and Jim Pepper among others. The Project’s group leader, Edith Lettner met Leopoldo in Vienna where he lived from 1987 to 1998, working together in the group “phone 3 phone” for several years and recording 2 CDs.
Austrian saxophonist and composer Edith Lettner is playing internationally jazz, improvised music and world music. After numerous stays in Senegal and Armenia she now regularly commutes between New York and Vienna. Her passion for spontaneity and improvisation makes her and incredibly versatile jazz & world musician. She also has composed music for theater and film and various band projects and recordings. In New York she has also played with many extraordinary musicians like Warren Smith, Alex Blake, Kenny Wessel, Ras Moshe Burnett, Yacouba Sissoko, Banning Eyre, Abdoulaye Diabate. www.edith-lettner.net
 Joel Perry is a premier guitarist on the music scene to- day, playing and recording with a who’s who of the music world from Papa John Creach, Ruth Brown, Big Joe Turner, Lavern Baker, Joni Mitchel, Herb Ellis, Rosemary Clooney to James Cotton, Leon Thomas, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Frank Foster, and Frank Wess, in over fifteen countries in venues including Carnegie Hall and The Blue Note. He also played a U.S. Department of State tour of West Africa with blues artist Johnny Copeland.
 John Murchison has a hand in many of the various music scenes of NYC, moving fluidly from jazz and avant-garde, to musical theater, to traditional music from Africa and the Middle East.  As a result, his playing style can draw from a wide variety of influences such as straight ahead jazz, Arabic maqam, Moroccan Gnawa music, and post-tonal melodies.  He has performed in a variety of theater productions from downtown to Time Square and Broadway, and he held the bass chair for the critically acclaimed "Natasha, Pierre, & the Great Comet of 1812".  He has performed around NYC and in Puerto Rico as bassist with folkloric dance ensemble Danza Fiesta.  He has also performed with popular artists from West Africa such as Fode Kouyate and Sekouba Kandia, and is the regular bassist in Famoro Dioubate's NYC-based group Kakande.

Sat, Sept. 24th/ 8:30 - 10:30 pm at
Farafina Café & Lounge Harlem
1813 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10031
http://www.farafinacafeloungeharlem.com