John Roberts Y Pan Blanco
February 3, 2018 at 7:00 pm
Tickets ($21/15/10) available here.
John Roberts y Pan Blanco joined by special guest Fran Martinez.
With an energetic band of high level musicians, John Roberts Y Pan Blanco is an original sounding ensemble that is designed to make the audience move. Many years of national and international touring, recording and performing experiences with West African, Funk, Soul, Salsa, Jazz and R&B ensembles have led to this project. With vocals in Spanish, English and Portuguese, this group is melding energetic Funk, African and Salsa dance grooves with blistering instrumental solos, all aimed at sharing musical diversity with the audience.
This native of Montana is a musical genius who has performed and recorded with the likes of Bobby Womack, Ricardo Lemvo, Los Pinguos, Dr. Dre, Chaka Khan, and The Temptations.
In his latest album, John Roberts decided to include only two covers: Antonio Carlos Jobim did not live to hear one of the best re-interpretations of his classic Agua De Beber. With salsa arrangements written by Roberts, we hear the trombone solo of John Roberts and trumpet solo of Stephen Giraldo, for a version that is sublime.
Soul y Pimienta, which also includes 5 original numbers – naturally from the pen of Roberts – is a musical journey through different Latin American, African rhythms, an eclectic mix where funk and soul can also be appreciated in perfect harmony with the key. Bimwela, in the style of Soukous, vocalized by Ricardo Lemvo, is in homage to the congolese guitarist Huit Kilos, who is also outstanding in this court. Pajarita, a number dedicated to a very special person, is a son montuno, perhaps the best recorded this year, in which the same Roberts executes an explosive trombone solo. (SOLAR LATIN CLUB REVIEW)
The Whitney Center for the Arts would like to thank the Holiday Inn Sheridan for their generous support of our 2017-18 season.