Family Matinee: Rebeca Mauleón & Juan de Marcos González | SFJAZZ
Family Matinee: Rebeca Mauleón & Juan de Marcos González
As the doors open further between Cuba and the United States, Cuban music continues to inspire and excite audiences around the globe. Throughout her decades-long career as a pianist and bandleader, SFJAZZ Director of Education Rebeca Mauleón has carved a distinct niche as an expert on the music of Cuba, and for this special matinee, she is joined by her stellar Quintet and special guest artist and tres player/bandleader Juan de Marcos González (Afro Cuban All-Stars). From the indelible rhythms of the danzón, the mambo and cha-cha-chá to the contemporary sounds of timba, families will rejoice in the powerful and dance-driven sounds of Cuba!
Pianist and bandleader Rebeca Mauleón follows a long-standing tradition of Afro-Cuban and Latin Jazz performers, and her expertise in Afro-Caribbean music places her at the forefront of the musicological community. From her recording and performing work with Grammy-winning legends including Tito Puente, Carlos Santana, Steve Winwood, Joe Henderson and Mickey Hart, to her diverse compositional projects and her critically-acclaimed recordings, books and articles, Mauleon has carved a distinct niche as one of the most multi-faceted artists on the world music scene. Her seminal books, including the Salsa Guidebook and 101 Montunos, are required texts in Latin jazz pedagogy around the world, and her reverence for the music and musicians of Cuba is expressed through her fiery pianistic style. She has been heralded as “one of the hippest bandleaders in Latin music today” by All Music Guide, and artfully balances the worlds of education, performance and composition in addition to her duties as SFJAZZ Director of Education.
Cuban-born musician and bandleader Juan de Marcos González discovered traditional Cuban music while attending the university, and ever since he has made the music of his homeland his life. Noted frontman and tres-player, González formed Sierra Maestra, a group dedicated to more traditional Cuban folk music, and is perhaps best known for his work with the Buena Vista Social Club, which he co-developed for the World Circuit Record Label. The 1997 recording Buena Vista Social Club won that year’s Grammy Award for Best Tropical Latin Performance, and helped spark international interest in traditional Cuban music, leading to a series of musical tours and recordings that have brought the sounds of Cuba to the world. Around the same time, González also formed the Afro-Cuban All Stars, a multigenerational group highlighting both traditional as well as more contemporary Cuban music. The group's first album, A Todo Cuba De Gusta (also in 1997), featured performances by members of the Buena Vista Social Club, and their thrilling performances here at SFJAZZ resulted in this year’s return engagement.