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La Conexión Cubana (The Cuban Connection)


Time: March 29, 2019, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Location: La Casita Cultural Center, 109 Otisco St.

Public discussion followed by performance by Yosvany Terry Quartet

Larry Blumenfeld (Brooklyn,NY)
Yosvany Terry (Alto Saxophone, Percussion)
Yunior Terry (Bass)
Osmany Paredes (Piano)
Obed Calvaire (Drums)

Beyond misguided notions of “Latin Jazz” lies an essential cross-cultural truth that binds Afro-Cuban traditions with jazz in the United States. This connection reveals shared histories, parallel developments, contrasting social structures and embattled politics. Saxophonist and checkere master Yosvany Terry, who directs the jazz ensemble at Harvard University, will discuss these bonds with Blumenfeld, and then demonstrate them through a quartet performance.

Additional supporters:

  • Council on Diversity and Inclusion
  • S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications
  • Goldring Arts Journalism Program
  • Hendricks Chapel
  • Museum Studies
  • English / Creative Writing
  • School of Education
  • Latino-Latin American Studies
  • SUArt Galleries
  • Art and Music Histories
  • Setnor School of Music
  • Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition
  • History
  • Samba Laranja
  • CNY Jazz Central
  • Belfer Archives
  • Special Collections Research Center
  • WAER

This event is part of the 2019 Watson Professor residency hosted by Eric Grode - director of the Goldring Arts Journalism Program, and assistant professor in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.

The Jeannette K. Watson Distinguished Visiting Professorship in the Humanities is a preeminent lectureship originally established by the Watson family to support on-campus residencies of prominent humanities scholars, writers, and artists.

Eric Grode, Newhouse