The Dafnis Prieto Sextet will open this year’s Jazz Masters series with a performance at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10, at the Williams Center for the Arts.
Tickets are free for Lafayette students, $6 for students at LVAIC schools, $5 for faculty and staff, and $20 for the public. They can be obtained by calling the Williams Center box office at (610) 330-5009.
Other performances in the 2010-11 Jazz Masters series will be the SFJAZZ Collective, Oct. 14, $22; Saxophone Summit, Feb. 6, $22; and the Kenny Werner Quintet with special guests David Sanchez and Randy Brecker, March 8, $20. A $70 subscription package for the four events, a savings of 16 percent off the single ticket price, is available through Sept. 10.
Cuban percussionist Dafnis Prieto’s revolutionary drumming techniques have had a powerful impact on both the Latin and jazz music scenes. He has four albums as a band leader Si O Si Quartet Live at Jazz Standard NYC, Taking the Soul for a Walk, Absolute Quintet, and About the Monks. He was named the Up & Coming Musician of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association in 2006. He received a Grammy nomination for Absolute Quintet as Best Latin Jazz Album, and a Latin Grammy nomination for Best New Artist in 2007. He also composed the title track for the Grammy winning album Song for Chico by Arturo O’Farril and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra in 2008.
The New York Times writes, “To hear such a world class sextet navigating this music, deep, rich, and complex, is an experience not to be forgotten.”
This performance is part of the 24th annual Easton Jazz Festival, presented in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Easton.
The 2010–2011 Performance Series at Lafayette College is supported in part by gifts from Friends of the Williams Center for the Arts; by provisions of the Josephine Chidsey Williams Endowment, the J. Mahlon and Grace Buck Fund, the Croasdale Fund, the Dr. Aaron O. Litwak ’42 Fund, the Class of ’73 Fund, the Alan and Wendy Pesky Artist-in-Residence Program, the James Bradley Fund, and the Ed Brunswick Jazz Fund; and by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, and National Dance Project/New England Foundation for the Arts. Special thanks to the F.M. Kirby Foundation for its sustaining support.