Latin Jazz imageWhen the Tucson Latin Jazz Nonet first appeared at the Arizona Senior Academy last year, they were enthusiastically received as the band’s energy permeated the auditorium.

Returning to the ASA on Tuesday (March 8) for an 11:30 a.m. concert, they will play music by Bill Cunliffe, Oscar Hernannez, Eddie Palmieri, Amilcar Guevara, and some new material by Hilton Ruiz.

Begun in 2014 as an informal rehearsal band, the Tucson Latin Jazz Nonet’s current members include co-directors Homero Ceron on vibes and Amilcar Guevara on piano, along with Betsy Bright Morgan (trumpet/flugelhorn), Michael Weiss (saxophone/flute), Joey Muñoz and Sal Lopez (trombones), Joaquin Zamudio (electric bass), Aaron Emery (drums) and Dave Walton (percussion).

Homero Ceron is principal percussionist of the Tucson Symphony specializing in vibraphone, marimba and steel drums. A native of Monterrey, Mexico, Ceron earned his undergraduate degree at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, and master’s degree at the University of Arizona. He is a percussion instructor at Pima Community College.

Amilcar Guevara was raised in a musical family based in traditional Latin music in his native El Salvador. Here in Tucson, he has directed Salsa and Charanga bands (Charanga being a traditional Cuban dance style). His recording “Tan Cerca, Tan Lejos” (“So Close, Yet So Far”) features a fusion of Jazz with Brazilian and Caribbean rhythms.

This ASA performance is made possible in part through a generous donation by Academy member Lynn Hay.

Written by Leslie Nitzberg, Academy Village Volunteer

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Latin Jazz – To the Power of Nine: March 2016
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