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Latin jazz fills screen at Murphy Library this Thursday, September 16 at 6 p.m.

Posted on: September 13, 2010

If words like saxophone, trumpet, trombone, congas and bongos get your attention, try the next Murphy Library Thursday night movie.  “Calle 54” is full of jazz, Latin jazz from Tito Puente to Gato Barbieri.  The library movie starts at 6 p.m. and runs 105 musical minutes.

In 2000 Spanish director Fernando Trueba filmed his favorite Latin jazz artists playing their music in Sony’s studios on 54th Street in New York City, thus, the Calle 54 name.  He also filmed them walking their home turf, like Jerry González and the Fort Apache band visiting the Bronx.

And girls can play jazz too.  Eliane Elias is Brazilian, born with the graceful samba beat in her blood.  She plays jazz piano barefoot and it’s a sight to behold.

Argentinean Gato Barbieri plays his sax. Tito Puente conducts his band perfectly (and just a few weeks before he passed away).  Cuban pianists, Bebo Valdes and his son Chucho, who live on opposite sides of the world, play a duet.  Do you like flamenco?  Try Spanish pianist Chano Dominguez and his jazz.  There are thirteen musicians in all and all are unforgettable.

Call the library at 837-2417

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