Letter: Cuban jazz show made world better place

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Editor of the Reformer,

JOY, unrestrained, and communicated, was a canopy over the stellar performance by four superb Cuban jazz artists, two of them brothers, in a packed concert hall at the Vermont Jazz Center on Saturday night. The fortunate audience demonstrated overwhelming enthusiastic approval.

Pianist Harold Lopez-Nussa, with Mayquel Gonzales on trumpet, Julio Ceasar on electric bass, and the pianist's brother Ruby Adrian Lopez-Nussa on drums and percussion have been playing together for 10 years. Their irresistible music, infused with Cuban rhythms and imaginative melodic improvisations executed with shocking technical skill, was a revelation of the possibility of combining traditional American jazz elements with exciting Cuban rhythms and refreshing melodic designs. Displaying impeccable ensemble technique the group chose repertoire from jazz standards and contemporary compositions, some created by quartet members. The love of their endeavor was tangible.

The event was held in memory of the VJC's friend and patron, Jonathan Flaccus, whose generosity has provided, among other things, an endowment fund for students.

Admission was free for all persons below age 21.

The world was for two hours a brighter, better place.

Lynda Copeland

Halifax, Nov. 2



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