Music Post: Yasek Manzano, El Joven Jazz Cubano

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[Yasek Manzano, La Zorra y el Cuervo, Havana–photograph by The New Centrist, click for larger version]

I had an opportunity to see Yasek Manzano’s El Joven Jazz Cubano at Havana’s La Zorra y el Cuervo. Being completely unfamiliar with the band, I had no idea what I was in store for. Astonishment, amazement, spiritual transportation. Having my wife with me and this being our wedding anniversary made the evening that much sweeter.

Listen to this young man play. A true trumpet prodigy, he began his professional career at age 11 and has performed with Celia Cruz, Irakere, Los Van Van and Wyton Marsalis. For some reason, there is only one song at his MySpace page. You can check this vid recorded when Manzano was a youngster:


I found out later in the evening that Manzano had studied at Juliard in Manhattan, lived in West Harlem and was hopeful that the band would be able to play in the U.S. at some point in the future. Another reason for ending the embargo…

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[Yasek Manzano, La Zorra y el Cuervo, Havana–photograph by The New Centrist]

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