Jazz at Lincoln Center
Carlos Henriquez is the bassist of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and “an emerging master in the Latin Jazz idiom.” (DownBeat) In honor of the Dizzy Gillespie centennial, he leads a lively exploration of Dizzy’s Latin side, as heard in transformative songs like “Manteca” and “A Night in Tunisia.” By integrating the hot sounds of a modern jazz orchestra and the rhythms of Cuba, Gillespie was a leading pioneer in the cultural fusion of Latin jazz, a tradition that Henriquez now embodies. Hailing from the Bronx – a borough with a rich Latin heritage – Henriquez is a virtuoso performer and arranger in both jazz and Afro-Cuban traditions. Since the age of 14 Henriquez has performed with greats including Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, and Celia Cruz, and he handled music direction for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra’s 2010 residency in Cuba and Ruben Blades’ sold-out debut at the House of Swing. For the Dizzy Gillespie Festival, Henriquez will give audiences an exciting look at his own distinct style while also exploring one of the greatest artists in history. He has assembled a truly extraordinary band for the occasion, featuring Pedrito Martinez, Terell Stafford, Mike Rodriguez, Melissa Aldana, Marshall Gilkes, Larry Willis, and Obed Calvaire.