Original jazz compositions by Julian, inspired by melodies and rhythms of the Caribbean and Balkans. Many of these compositions feature the tanbou bèlè drum of Martinique, a rarely heard instrument with a sound that sweeps between delicate and thunderous. I’m proud to play these songs with some of the area’s finest jazz musicians: Eugene Uman piano, Anna Patton clarinet, Don Anderson trumpet or Jon Weeks saxophones & flute, Wes Brown bass, Ben James drumset.
I Remember It Differently
Polar Bear Meltdown
Dig It Deeper
Afro-Cuban traditional music and dance, with five dancers plus eight drummers/singers. Iroko Nuevo offers a vibrant stage show, dance and music classes, and workshops and demonstrations for schools, community centers and other occasions. Hear and learn about rumba, batá, bembe, makuta, iyesá, palo, toque de guiro, gaga, comparsa, and son.
The name means “Of Hills and Songs,” and the band plays Afro-Cuban son, the deeply soulful and influential dance style that is the root of salsa, chachacha and mambo. With congas, bongó, piano, flute, saxophone, bass and vocals. De Lomas y Sones is fronted by William Armando Rodriguez on lead vocals and bongó, and also features singer Maricel Lucero. Both William and Maricel are from Santiago de Cuba, the mountainous province where son originated.
Tower of Power meets an African rhythm section in the style called afrobeat. Originated by Nigerian Fela Kuti in the 1970s, afrobeat features multiple horns and guitars laying down immense grooves for the vocalists and dancers. Alafia counts twelve members and features original afrobeat as well as tributes to some of Fela’s best-loved songs.
As Yet Quintet
As Yet Quintet joins five composer/players for a creative medley of jazz, Middle Eastern and Caribbean sounds. All five members contribute to the program of original pieces, ranging from Latin grooves to Turkish modes, Balkan rhythms played on Cuban wooden boxes, and jazz based on the folk music of Columbia. The compositions combine with expressive jazz soloing to create an imaginative sound and unforgettable concert experience. With Anna Patton clarinet, Charlie Schneeweis trumpet, Eugene Uman piano, Todd Roach dumbek, riq and Middle Eastern percussion, Julian Gerstin congas, tanbou bèlè, Latin percussion.