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Jazz Around the World 2 – 4 April – Perú

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Welcome to Perú. We hope you took some time to enjoy the cuisine of this unbelievable country. Artists that will performing for us here today will bring us a variety of Jazz styles from Afro-Peruvian to Be-bop and a lot in between.

First on stage is Jazz guitarist, producer, and educator, Richie Zellon. In Zellon’s music one can hear influences ranging from Miles Davis to Jimi Hendrix. His website says he is credited with being one of the pioneers of what is called “Sudaca” or South American Jazz, and being the founder of what is now called Afro-Peruvian Jazz. If we’re lucky, we will hear a lot this during his set.

Please welcome, Richie Zellon:


Parque de Las Leyendas


Purple Haze


And I Love Her


Acoustic duet – “Just Friends”


Live in Miami – Richie Zellon and Friends – “Cherokee Samba”


Our next artist began singing at the age of three, under the tutelage of her grandmother. María Angélica Ayllón Urbina eventually took on the stage name “Eva Ayllón”, choosing “Eva” to honor her grandmother. Ms Ayllón honed her craft through school, radio, and television competitions, and local criolla musical groups. These led to international performances including shows at Carnegie Hall and The Sydney Opera House, and six GRAMMY® award nominations over a career that has spanned more than 40 years.

It is a pleasure to bring to the stage, the queen, Eva Ayllón:


With Jean-Pierre Magnet – “Jose Antonio”


Amnesia/Se Acabo y Punto


With Alex Acuna – “Animo y Aliento”


Live from Hollywood – “Toro Mata”


Our next group has developed a unique connection with its audiences. Led by Gabriel Alegría, The Afro-Peruvian Sextet has made it its mission to spread the message of Afro-Peruvian music throughout the world. They accomplish this not only through performances and recordings, but by conducting master classes – each member of the ensemble is an experienced educator, workshops, and believe it or not, cooking. Once a year, fans can literally join the band on the road in Perú.

Welcome to the stage now, The Afro-Peruvian Sextet:


Live in Lima, Perú on the 2012 Gira Urbana – “Pucusana”


Concert in Chincha, Perú – “El Norte”


Live at the Tutuma Social Club, New York City – “El Primer Final”




La Puertecita



Our final performer of the evening really needs no introduction. If you haven’t heard of Alex Acuña, you have no doubt heard his music. The list of musicians and groups with whom he has played would take hours to recite. That list includes two of the artists we heard from earlier tonight. He has also recorded music for more than 300 movies.

We are honored to welcome, none other than Alex Acuña:

With Weather Report – Live at the Montreux Jazz Festival – “Black Market”


With Los Hijos del Sol – “Animo y Aliento”


With the Metropole Orchestra – “Nubian Sundance”


With Steve Gadd and Luis Conte – (No Title)


With Koinonia – Live on German TV program “Ohne Filter” – “Frontline”


With Patrice Rushen, Abraham Laboriel, Sr., and Justo Almario – “Canela”

PeruThank you for joining us here in Perú. I hope you enjoyed the concert. We’ll meet at the Internet Airport. We have a long flight as we leave South America and head to the South Pacific. Next stop on our Jazz Around the World 2 tour: Fiji.

April is Jazz Appreciation Month. Support the artists. Buy their music. Go out and see some live Jazz today.