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John Roberts Y Pan Blanco
February 3 at 7:00 pm
Tickets ($21/15/10) available here.
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.
John Roberts has been touring, recording, and performing in Los Angeles, around the U.S., Mexico, India, Asia, Europe, the Caribbean, Australia and Africa. Tours include Ricardo Lemvo and Makina Loca (Congolese/Cuban), Bobby Womack (Soul), Los Pinguos (Argentine),The Temptations, The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, and others. He has also performed and recorded with Fallout Boy, Chris Botti, Feist, Sting, Dr. Dre, Mariah Carey, Lady Gaga, Frank Sinatra Jr., Chaka Khan, Burt Bacharach, The Ojays, Christina Aguilera, NPR, PBS, Disney, just to name a few!
Trevor Krieger–fiddle–has performed with Alison Kraus, Ray Charles, The Allman Brothers, Gov’t Mule, Kenny Chesney, Jay Ungar/Molly Mason, Jeff Troxel, Calvin Volrath, Johnny Gimble, Brian Wicklund, Matt Combs, Matt Flinner, and Mark O’Connor.
Fran “Cuco” Martinez–congas, shekere and vocals–comes from a lineage of well-known, respected musicians and teachers in Havana, Cuba. Born in Chicago, Cuco grew up in Havana where he learned the music trade and the many Cuban music styles from his father, a famous bassist and percussionist in many classic Son, Charanga, Danzon and Jazz ensembles (Cal Tjader, Mongo Santamaria, Nat King Cole).
Cuco is a multi-instrumentalist, playing timbales, congas, bongo, shekere and bass, and has performed worldwide for the past 30 years. Living in Los Angeles for many years he has recorded and toured extensively (Africa, Caribbean, South America, Europe, Asia, Mexico, Australia) with Ricardo Lemvo and Makina Loca, as well as performing and recording with Celia Cruz, Arturo Sandoval, The Rolling Stones, and Johnny Martinez.
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.