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Conjunto Chappottín y Sus Estrellas; Thursday, August 7, 2014

Conjunto Chappottín y Sus Estrellas
Thursday, August 7, 2014
Kuumbwa Jazz Center

“… one of the most renowned Son bands in Cuba – Latin Pulse Music

At long last, revered Cuban son group Conjunto Chappottín y Sus Estrellas, founded by the legendary Arsenio Rodríguez, is making its U.S. debut. Co-led by trumpeter/musical director Jesus Angel Chappottín Coto and percussionist/singer Miguel Cuni, Jr., Conjunto Chappottin y Sus Estrellas has a rich, six decade long history as one of Cuba’s premier ensembles. The group was founded in the 1940s by Arsenio Rodriguez, an innovative bandleader who popularized the use of reed and brass instruments playing over a traditional Cuban Son rhythm section. The all-star aggregation inspired a new wave of high-powered Latin ensembles throughout the ’50s and ’60s, now referred to as Salsa music. Get ready to dance to the high energy sounds of traditional Cuban son. Dance space available!

Conjunto Chappottin y Sus Estrellas is actually a family affair of sorts. Although the ensemble was instituted by Arsenio Rodriguez in the 1940s, the band’s leadership was passed to trumpeter Felix Chappottin when Rodriguez emigrated to New York City in 1950. The band then underwent a name change to Chappottin y su Conjunto Todos Estrellas. In 1983, when Felix passed away, his son, Angel, took over as bandleader. In the 1990s, the musical baton was passed to Felix’s grandson Jesus Angel Chappottín Coto and Miguelito Cuni, Jr., the grandson of another Conjunto “family” member.

Throughout the twentieth century, Cuba, like the United States, experienced a rapid evolution of musical innovation. Traditional folk forms were being transformed into a modern urban sound. The rise of the Cuban Son in the early 1920s competed with the popularity of Cuba’s previous favorite dance form, the Danzon. But unlike the Danzon, the Son highlighted the African side of Cuba’s fusion of European and African musical heritages, serving as a platform for a multitude of new styles. Today in its third generation as an ensemble, Conjunto Chappottin y Sus Estrellas encompasses all of the Afro-Cuban styles influenced by the foundational framework of the Son, among them the Guarijra, Guaracha, Mambo, Danzonette, Charanga, Bembe, Rumba, and Cha cha cha. And as always, this dynamic thirteen-piece band continues to amaze audiences with its authenticity and virtuoso performances.

Conjunto Chappottín y Sus Estrellas


DATE: Thursday, August 7, 2014
VENUE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIME: 7:00 PM
PRICE: $25/Adv $30/Door, No Comp Tickets
TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at: http://kuumbwajazz.org
MORE INFO: http://kuumbwajazz.org or 831-427-2227

Media contact:
Stephen Heath
(734) 757-6774

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