The Jesús Cutiño Band presents Havana Jam
Cuban troubadour Jesús Cutiño brings the sounds of Cuba to Hideaway with this special 40th anniversary celebration of the unique Havana Jam music festival. Join Jesús and his full band as he celebrates this legendary event!
In 1979, as the American and Cuban governments tried to ease diplomatic pressure between the two countries, the Columbia and Fania record labels co-sponsored Havana Jam, a three-day music festival with the sole purpose of putting music before politics.
As well as headline performances from Weather Report, Jaco Pastorius, Fania All-Stars and Billy Joel, the festival featured a staggering line up of Cuban artists including Irakere, Pacho Alonso, Orquesta de Santiago de Cuba, Juan Pablo Torres and more.
Jesús Cutiño is a Cuban singer /songwriter, guitarist and tres player (the tres is a Cuban guitar that is the mainstay of the Cuban ‘son’ sound). He is an accomplished performer of many guitar styles including Cuban, Latin jazz, flamenco and ska. Jesús moved to London from Havana in 1998 and quickly found himself at the heart of a vibrant Latin musical movement. He joined Ska Cubano in 2004 and has performed on major festival stages across the world.
In 2006, after working with so many artists, Jesús wanted to give his career a new direction. It was time to concentrate on developing his own style.
He started working on his first album. It was an ambitious project as he wanted to write and produce his own songs. He also decided to form his first band SON DE CUBA to take his music on stage and to a wider audience. SON DE CUBA quickly established itself as the leading and most exciting band in the UK.
Jesús also likes to go back to his roots and play traditional Cuban music. In 2011, with the success of SON DE CUBA under his belt, he forms a new quartet AGUA VIVA which aim is to bring about an appreciation of traditional Cuban rhythms such as ‘son’, cha-cha-cha, mambo and bolero by giving them a fresh sound.
Jesús’ first album will be released soon. Jesús is, according to Oscar D’Leon and Gilberto Santa Rosa, one of the greatest Cuban improvisers.
The passion for the music of his native island still burns as strongly as ever and Jesús leads his nine-piece band from the front as they deliver stunning authenticity and musical vitality.
Line up: Nana Clara (vocals), Angelica Lopez (vocals), Giovanni (trumpet), Randy Lester (timbales), Sergio Marciano (congas+vocals), Lazaro Makay (bongos and cowbell), Dorance Lorza (tres guitar), Jesus Cutiño (bass and vocals)
A Hideaway Joint Promotion in Association with The Jesús Cutiño Band