The Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge will be presenting the second installment of the River City Jazz Masters 10th Anniversary Series, with Manuel Valera & New Cuban Express on November 10 at 7:30 p.m.! This concert will take place at the Manship Theatre at Shaw Center for the Arts with a special school performance taking place the following day for elementary, middle, and high school students. This school performance will feature a youth media project involving collaborations between students based in La Conchita, Pinara de Rio, Cuba and students from LaBelle Aire Elementary School in Baton Rouge!
About Manuel Valera & New Cuban Express
Based in New York City, Grammy nominated artist, pianist and composer Manuel Valera was born and raised in Havana, Cuba. Since arriving in NYC, he has become well known in the NYC modern jazz scene, garnering national reviews and lending his talents as a pianist and composer to such notable artist as Arturo Sandoval, Paquito D’Rivera, Brian Lynch, Dafnis Prieto, Jeff “Tain” Watts, John Benitez, Samuel Torres, Joel Frahm, Yosvany Terry among many others.
Valera is also the leader of his working band Manuel Valera and the New Cuban Express, a project deeply influenced by the experiments of Cuban artists from the 70s and 80s. While inspired by artists Irakere, Emiliano Salvador and AfroCuba, this touring band creates a unique and distinctive style that mixes elements of Jazz, R&B, fusion and funk with Cuban music styles. Expectativas (MAVO 2013) is the follow up and seventh recording as a leader to his 2013 Grammy nominated New Cuban Express (MAVO 2012) which was up for Best Latin Jazz Album of the Year.
Manuel Valera & New Cuban Express
Manship Theatre at Shaw Center for the Arts
November 10 at 7:30 PM
If you are interested in bringing a group for the school performance on
November 11, contact Leea Russell, Education Coordinator for booking information –