- 08:00P – Clay Moore y Los Elefantes De Jazz: A Tribute to Brownsville Latin Jazz Festival Performers
- 09:30P – Clay Moore y Los Elefantes De Jazz: A Master Tribute to Legendary Paquito D’Rivera
The Festival strives to educate as well as entertain so in years past we’ve dedicated time and resources to learn, play and listen to the music of great artists who created much of the musical legacy considered fundamental to the Latin Jazz we hear today.
Responsible for producing much of the Festival’s education outreach during the last decade is our talented friend and Jazz guitar master, Clay Moore. This year, he’s recruited an impressive array of veteran jazz musicians, his colleagues from way back in the day when they shared the stage of The Elephant Room, known for decades as the hub of Jazz in a city known for live music, Austin, Texas.
The suitably dubbed Los Elefantes del Jazz led by Clay will feature Adrian Ruiz on trumpet, Michael Mordecai on trombone, Evan “Sticky Lopez” Arredondo on bass, Miguel Longoria on drums, Tom Raines on vibes, and the Jazzmanian Devil himself, Tomas Ramirez, on saxophones.
On their first set, they’ll honor the legacy of Jazz masters we’ve presented or paid tribute to in the past, including the great timbalero Tito Puente, vibraphonist Cal Tjader, trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie and percussionist Chano Pozo, Bossa Nova founder Antonio Carlos Jobim, pianist Chick Corea, percussionist Mongo Santamaria, guitarist Wes Montgomery and pianist Horace Silver. They’ll play a tune by each of the honored artists, allowing each of the group’s musicians to showcase their unique talents.
On their second set Los Elefantes del Jazz will pay tribute to saxophonist, clarinetist and composer Paquito D’Rivera. Born and raised in Cuba, D’Rivera is a true renaissance man of music, equally at home in straight ahead jazz, classical music, multitude musical styles of his native Cuba and the Caribbean, and the music of Central and South America. In 2005 D’Rivera was honored as a Jazz Master by the National Endowment for the Arts, he’s won fourteen GRAMMY Awards and recorded over 30 solo albums.
Check out this Danzón with Paquito on YouTube called “Siguelo Si Puedes, Ayá Tú” also featuring the great bassist Israel “Cachao” Lopez.