ELIO VILLAFRANCA QUINTET | OCTOBER 21st – NOVEMBER 9th 2013
Born in the Pinar del Río province of Western Cuba, pianist and composer. Elio Villafranca, he is resident professor at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. Elio is at the forefront of the latest generation of remarkable Cuban pianists, composers and bandleaders that for several years has been making major creative contributions to the international development of modern jazz. In the 2010 Grammy Awards he was nominated in Best Latin Jazz Album of the Year, for his performance, composition and coproduction in the album “Things I Wanted To Do” by Chembo Corniel. He has released three albums as a bandleader that were each well received. In 2008 Elio Villafranca was also nominated by The Jazz Corner as pianist of the year and he received the Jazz Twirlie Nomination by Dick Crockett, of “The Voice” at 88.7FM, for his album The Source In Between.
At Jazz at Lincoln Center Doha Elio Villafranca will be performing with Arturo Joaquin (percussion), Jay Rodriguez (saxophone), Ludwig Afondso (drums) and Ricardo Rodriguez (Bass). They bring their distinctive cultural influences to the music and traditions of jazz.
To learn more about Jazz at Lincoln Center Doha, please visit http://www.jalcdoha.com