A voyage into the roots of Cuban Jazz with an exciting cast of contemporary female talent.
The Jazzistas tour project pays homage to the great women of Cuban music whilst showcasing modern musical creation from a new generation. From Latin Jazz to the Cha Cha Cha the audience will witness a beautiful spectacle through which these young women embark on a voyage of musical discovery.
For decades now Cuba has been a meeting point for musical exchange between the United States, Latin America, Africa, and Europe. Jazz has often been at the center of this cross-fertilization and Cuba a melting-pot of talent and musical styles. Dizzy Gillespie coined the phrase ‘Latin Jazz’ after his first visit to Cuba in the 1940s. The pioneering trumpeter went on to infuse American jazz with Afro-Cuban rhythms. With such close contact between Cuba and the US from the 1920s to 1950s many American Jazz musicians were, in turn, inspired by the Cuban musical genres. Indeed, Nat King Cole recorded an album of boleros called Cole Español in 1958. The role of women in this musical evolution was limited to that of vocalists in certain song styles only and there were no female musicians. Over the years, women have gradually become a musical force to be reckoned with. The modern Jazzistas movement reflects this development and the tour project showcases young talent with soloists on trombone, piano, voices, and strings.
Drawing their inspiration from traditional Cuban son, Asere came together in the 1990s to create music with a contemporary edge that also maintained the feeling of the songs performed by their forefathers. Staying true to an acoustic base they developed a fresh sound with inventive songwriting and a soulful groove. Across four albums and many tours, they have continued to experiment and evolve.