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San Agustin Sol Latin Jazz Festival at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall & St. Augustine Amphitheatre May 9 – 10, 2013

The San Agustin Sol Latin Jazz Festival will take place at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall and the St. Augustine Amphitheatre on St. Augustine AmphitheatreMay 9th and 10th.

On Thursday, May 9th, Nachito Herrera, who performed in St. Johns County in November with the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba, will return to take the stage for an intimate performance at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. A performance by legendary jazz pianist Eddie Palmieri will close the festival on Friday, May 10th at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. He will be joined by Claudia Villela.

Tickets for this event are currently on sale at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre and Ponte Vedra Concert Hall box offices, findmytix.com, or by phone at 800-745-3000.

About the artists:

Eddie Palmieri is a Nine-time Grammy Award winning pianist, bandleader and musician. His musical career spans over 50 years as a bandleader of Salsa and Latin Jazz orchestras. Eddie began his musical career in the early 1950’s performing in Eddie Forrester’s Orchestra before joining Johnny Segui’s band and also performing with the Tito Rodriguez Orchestra. He formed his own band in 1961, the legendary “La Perfecta”. In 1974, Eddie became the first Latin musician to win a Grammy Award for Best Latin Recording with The Sun of Latin Music. Palmieri won two Grammys for the recordings of Palo Pa Rumba and Solito. He won two more Grammys with his record Masterpiece with Tito Puente and he was named the “Outstanding Producer of the Year” by the National Foundation of Popular Culture. Palmieri directed a “Big Band Tribute” to his late brother Charlie at Avery Hall at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in November of 2004. His most recent Grammy came for his 2006 album Simpático.

Claudia Villela’s journey into music began at her home in Rio de Janeiro, where she listened to her father play harmonica and her mother sing. She would fall asleep to the music from a samba school that practiced nightly behind her grandparents’ home. She moved to California in 1984 and joined the Stanford University Chorus the following year. In 1986, Villela joined the De Anza College Jazz Singers. She won first prize in Downbeat’s vocal jazz competition that year. Claudia was awarded a scholarship at the Manhattan School of Music to study with Sheila Jordan. She produced her first release in 1994, Asa Verde.

At the age of 12, Ignacio “Nachito” Herrera amazed Cuban audiences with his performance of “Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 2” with the Havana Symphony Orchestra. In the late 1990’s, Nachito joined the famed Cuban Orquestra “Cubanismo” as its lead pianist, musical director and arranger. Herrera received the American Heritage Award for his accomplishments and contributions to the United States. He earned his Phd. in music at the prestigious Institute of Art in Havana, Cuba.  Nachito is recognized as a master in piano, Afro-Cuban music, Latin jazz and composition. Herrera is a two-time Grammy nominated Latin jazz pianist and Emmy Award nominee. His impressive resume includes being a teacher of piano and technique at MacPhail School of Music in Minneapolis. Currently, he is a director of his own band and he has more than 40 CD’s as a pianist, composer and producer to his credit.

 About San Agustin Sol:

While Latin jazz is a relatively new musical genre that began in New Orleans, the rhythmic storylines of the Afro-Cuban beat that forms the basis of the genre is nothing new to St. Augustine. San Agustin Sol is a celebration of a 16th Century multi-cultural society with deep roots in St. Augustine.

The integration of the Native, African and Spanish cultures in colonial St. Augustine began even before Pedro Menendez de Aviles arrived in 1565. Menendez’s ships carried 800 soldiers, craftsmen and colonist including free Africans and just 26 women.  The first settlement was established in the Timucuan Indian village of Seloy and many of Menendez’s men married Indian women. A new multi-cultural society began to evolve.

In 1738, Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mose, – Fort Mose – was established as the first legally sanctioned community of freed slaves in what is now the United States.

Slaves escaped from the British colonies to St. Augustine where Fort Mose formed the northern defense of the Spanish colony. They were given freedom in exchange for their loyalty to the Spanish Crown and conversion to Catholicism.

When the British gained control of St. Augustine as a result of the Treaty of Paris in 1763, most of the Spanish and African inhabitants fled St. Augustine for Cuba and other Caribbean islands.

EVENT: Nachito Herrera

VENUE: Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

DATE: Thursday, May 9, 2013

TIME: Doors 7:00pm / Show 8:00pm

TICKET PRICES:  $55, $35 ; 2 Day VIP Pass $100

EVENT: Eddie Palmieri and Claudia Villela

VENUE: St. Augustine Amphitheatre

DATE: Friday, May 10, 2013

TIME: Doors 6:30pm / Show 7:30pm

TICKET PRICES: $75, $35; 2 Day VIP Pass $100      

WEBSITE:  staugamphitheatre.com, pvconcerthall.com, findmytix.com

CONTACT: Natacha McLeod, Marketing and Community Relations Manager, nmcleod@sjcfl.us, (904) 209-3751

 

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