Friday, October 14, 2016


Buena Vista Social Club Presents: Omara Portuondo
with Roberto Fonseca, Regina Carter and Anat Cohen

WHEN: Saturday, October 15, 8pm
Prudential Hall, NJPAC, 1 Center Street, Newark, New Jersey; a short walk from the Newark Penn Station stop by Newark-bound PATH Train or Amtrak.
For performance details, click here.

Sponsored by the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers-Newark

The legendary Cuban singer celebrates her 85th anniversary in a rare concert tour with pianist Roberto Fonseca, clarinetist-saxophonist Anat Cohen and violinist Regina Carter!

Omara Portuondo wants to celebrate with a grand fiesta representing the impressive sweep of her career, meeting with friends old and new to perform together much-loved Cuban classics from "Besame Mucho" to "Veinte AƱos." Listeners will be taken back to her younger years and her continuing love of elegant cabaret, from the Buena Vista Social Club days to the present, in a musical feast full of piquant sabrosura.

Portuondo will be joined by colleagues who will perform timeless Cuban songs, as well as selections from their own repertoires.

Regina Carter is the foremost jazz violinist of her generation. Her passion for excellence did not escape the attention of the MacArthur Foundation, which awarded her with its prestigious "genius grant."

Anat Cohen has won hearts and minds the world over with her expressive virtuosity and delightful stage presence. She is an established bandleader and prolific composer whose music is a unique blend of modern and traditional jazz, classical music, Brazilian choro, Argentine tango and an expansive timeline of Afro-Cuban styles.

From the beginning of his career in the 1990s, Cuban-born multi-instrumentalist Roberto Fonseca, although considered very young by the standards of jazz, world music or other genres, has maintained a sharp focus on a mission that has already garnered him worldwide recognition.