Jerry & Andy Gonzalez

Jerry & Andy Gonzalez

Jerry & Andy Gonzalez

Elio Villafranca & Arturo Stable

Thursday, October 18, 7:30pm
at Herbst Theatre

Jerry Gonzalez
Puerto Rico meets Cuba Series: Música Cubana  

Jerry & Andy Gonzalez

Jerry & Andy Gonzalez

Elio Villafranca & Arturo Stable

Thursday, October 18, 7:30pm
at Herbst Theatre

Andy Gonzalez
Puerto Rico meets Cuba Series: Música Cubana  

Jerry & Andy Gonzalez

Featuring a pair of Nuyorican visionaries and a duo of rising Cuban stars, this double-bill offers a glimpse at both the past and future of Latin jazz. Introduced to Afro-Caribbean music by their father, renowned singer Jerry Gonzalez Sr., the Gonzalez brothers have been two of the most influential musicians in Latin jazz since the early 1970s. Jerry Gonzalez gained essential knowledge as a percussionist with Latin jazz patriarchs Dizzy Gillespie, Eddie Palmieri and Tito Puente. He joined forces with his bassist brother Andy Gonzalez in Conjunto Libre, a band Andy co-led with timbales master Manny Oquendo. But the brothers made their biggest impact with Jerry on trumpet, leading the Fort Apache Band, which helped pave the way for the onslaught of Latin American talent that has energized the US jazz scene since. This SFJAZZ date marks their first major appearance as a duo. Opening the concert are two Cuban-born, New York-based masters: Elio Villafranca, a Grammy-nominated pianist, teams up with percussionist Arturo Stable. Together they have performed widely as Dos y Mas, a superb world-jazz duo that has recently released their debut album.

Artist Personnel

JERRY & ANDY GONZALEZ
Jerry Gonzalez trumpet, congas
Andy Gonzalez bass

ELIO VILLAFRANCA & ARTURO STABLE
Elio Villafranca piano
Arturo Stable percussion

"There are still real innovators wandering throughout the world and Jerry Gonzalez is one such musical nomad. " — All About Jazz
"Andy and Jerry Gonzalez changed the face of Latin jazz—in fact, they defined that hybrid. " — Arturo O'Farrill
"Loaded, technically superior, sharp and romantic pianism... " — JazzTimes on Elio Villafranca