Latin jazz legend Papo Vázquez and Sofia Rei will perform a free concert at the Community Park North Amphitheater in Pettoranello Gardens on Saturday, July 16 starting at 7 p.m.
Grammy Award nominee Papo Vázquez is a jazz trombonist who grew up in a Puerto Rican-influenced environment in Philadelphia and in Puerto Rico. While still a teenager, he moved to New York City, performing in groups such as Conjunto Libre, in the band of Héctor Lavoe, Celia Cruz, Eddie Palmieri and Willie Colón. Celebrating a career that now spans over four decades, in the jazz world, Papo has performed with Wynton Marsalis, Ray Charles, Slide Hampton and Dizzy Gillespie. Joining Papo Vazquez will be his Mighty Pirates Troubadours: Willie Williams (saxophone), Rick Germanson (piano), Ariel Roles (bass), Joel Mateo (drums), Carlos Maldonado (percussion) and Gao Lugo (percussion).
Sofía Rei is considered one of the most passionate, charismatic and inventive vocalists in the New York music scene. Originally from Buenos Aires, her music is grounded in traditional South American rhythms such as chacarera, zamba and vidala from Argentina, Afro-Peruvian festejo and lando, Afro-Uruguayan candombe, Colombian cumbia and bullerengue and other genres that merge involving jazz harmonies, electronic sounds and rich improvisations. Her ensemble – JC Maillard (guitar), Josh Deutsch (trumpet), Pablo Menares (acoustic bass) and Franco Pinna (drums and percussion) – produces a range of textures as diverse as the cultural roots of its members, an international cast that includes some of the most exciting young talent from North and South America.
Concert-goers are encouraged to come early and enjoy the beautiful outdoor setting of Pettoranello Gardens at Community Park North in Princeton (Route 206 and Mountain Avenue).
The concert is presented to the community by Blue Curtain in cooperation with the Princeton Recreation Department.