Written by Patrick Jarenwattananon from WBGO and Jazz At Lincoln Center
Building on the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra’s trip to Cuba in 2010, artistic director Wynton Marsalis presented his newest large-scale work: “Ochas,” a suite for big band and Afro-Cuban percussion. He called upon young superstar Pedrito Martinez, who brought along a trio of fellow hand percussionists, to execute the chants and rhythms of the bata drums specific to Santeria religious practice. And he called upon virtuoso Cuban pianist Chucho Valdes to ignite the proceedings.
The performance launches Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 2014-15 calendar and highlights its season-long theme “Jazz Across The Americas.”