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Elio Villafranca & The Jazz Syncopators

By Stephanie Smittle

WEDNESDAY 2/26. South on Main. $30-$42.

Elio VillafrancaJerry Lacay
$30 – $42

Jazz — the so-called American art form — wouldn’t have been incubated in the dancehalls and streets of New Orleans were it not for the musical traditions of Africa. Pianist Elio Villafranca is both a scholar of that origin story and a beguiling interpreter of it, with the percussive and harmonic sensibilities to be able to tell it on the ivories. The Cuban-born, New York City-based composer and bandleader’s latest is 2018’s “Cinque,” a “five-movement suite inspired by the story of Joseph Cinque, who in 1839 led a successful revolt aboard the slave ship La Amistad, days after being sold and transported to a sugar plantation in Cuba.” Villafranca’s appearance is an addition to Oxford American’s 2019-2020 Jazz Series; get tickets at oxfordamerican.org/events.

Details

Date:
February 27
Time:
1:00 am
Cost:
$30 – $42
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Venue

South on Main
1304 Main St.
Little Rock, AR 72202
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Phone:
501) 244-9660
Website:
http://southonmain.com/
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