5000 Tom Warriner B lvd.
Cocoa Beach, FL 32931
GRAMMY AWARD WINNER ROBERT NAVARRO Sextet
$20 Admission – All Proceeds Benefit the Free Student Jazz Workshops provided by the Space Coast Jazz Society
Sunday, January 8, 2017, 2pm. Cocoa Beach Country Club
Robert Navarro’s passion for kids as a music teacher and his love of jazz brings him to the Space Coast from Port St. Lucie to help raise funds for Student Jazz Workshops provided by the Space Coast Jazz Society, which are free of charge. These workshops are available to Brevard County students, grades 4-12.
This concert will be a high caliber performance with a variety of straight ahead jazz and latin jazz.
Robert Navarro is an accomplished New York City performer with more than 25 years of experience as a professional pianist, teacher, arranger and producer. Other members of his band include Luis Disla on the alto sax, Alexis Fajardo on violin, percussionist Chino Nunez, bass player Salvador “Sal” Cuevas and drummer Albert Delgado.
Robert Navarro holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The City College of New York and a Master of Arts from New York University. He has also studied at Mannes College, The New School for Music (Extension Division for Jazz Studies), and Manhattan School of Music (Classical Studies).
Robert produced a Grammy winning album for Conjunto Clasico in 2004. He then received a Grammy in 2007 as an arranger with Bobby Cruz Romanticos de Ayer, Hoy y Siempre Song Envidia. In 2011, he received an award from the Treasure Coast International Film Festival for the musical arrangement of the song “City Within a Dream” for Best Original Song in a Motion Picture. In 2014, he wrote a original symphonic composition for the “Retire 21 of baseball Player Roberto Clemente. This symphonic composition was performed at Lehman College in New York City. Robert has a Latin Jazz Cd in the market “Caminando” Vol.1, an original composition.
He has performed with legendary artists Johnny Pacheco, Conjunto Clasico, Jose Mangual Jr., Pete “Conde” Rodriguez, Charanga America, Angel Canales, Azuquita, Machito and Orquesta, Mon Rivera, and Willie Colon. He has toured with Celia Cruz (South America) Ray Barreto, Grupo Fascinacion, Frankie Ruiz, Eddie Santiago, Santiago Ceron, and many local bands. For more details about Robert Navarro, go to www.StLucieTropicalJazz.com.
Luis Disla is an instrumentalist, producer, arranger, composer and educator and was nominated for a Grammy. He graduated from Berklee College Of Music in Boston MA. and has worked with top artists including: Carlos Santana, Celia Cruz, Tito Puente, Nestor Torres, Kirsty MacColl, Victor Manuelle, Mongo Santamaria, Mario Bauza, Juan Luis Guerra , Tropicana All Stars, Israel Lopez (Cachao), Wyclef Jean, Tabou Combo, El General, Fulanito, Jaime Camil, Jennifer Peña, Area 305, Noelia, Armando Manzanero, Rey Ruiz, José Luis Rodriguez “El Puma” and José José. Luis Disla has appeared on over 300 recordings including commercials for Burger King and Budweiser Beer, Motion Pictures sound track: I Like It Like That (With Grover Washington Jr., Sergio George, Tito Puente, Ray Barreto, Paquito D’Rivera and Dave Valentin) and Showtime’s Dexter episode.
Violinist Alexis Fajardo graduated from the conservatory in Cuba. Has recorded with the best! Alexis has the Zusuki School for Strings in Orlando Florida where he teaches 175 students a week. He will be releasing a solo violin productions in 2017.
Pablo “Chino” Nunez is an established professional percussionist, multi-instrumentalist, producer, arranger, composer, recording artist, band lead and educator. He is a Grammy, Latin Grammy and Billboard winner/nominee with hundreds of productions to his credit. He has performed with Tito Puente, Hector Lavoe, Celia Cruz, Johnny Pacheco, Marc Anthony, El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico, Ray Barretto, Willie Colong, Ruben Blades, Gilberto Santa Rose, Larry Harlow, Tito Nieves, the Spanish Harlem Orchestra and the critically acclaimed Chino Nunez Orchestra. Mr. Nunez has performed in venues all over the world including the Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, North Sea Jazz Festival, the Tito Puente Amphitheater and Bellas Arte Performing Arts Center in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Newport Jazz Festival, Trump Plaza Casino, Playboy Jazz Festival and Major League Baseball events.
Salvador “Sal” Cuevas was for many years, a member of the salsa music group Fania All-Stars, circa (1978–1985), as well as several other top name salsa groups of the time such as Johnny Pacheco, Héctor Lavoe, Willie Colon/Ruben Blades, etc. During this time, he was also one of five bass players in New York City who recorded many of the “Jingles” for TV and Radio. The early to mid-1970s was a time when the electric bass guitar came of age with the likes of world-famous jazz bassist Jaco Pastorius and Stanley Clarke, and in the Latin music world, Sal kept pace with those guys by taking the instrument to the “next level” within Latin music. Sal incorporated techniques which also (until then) were completely unheard of in Latin music such as slides, (Glissandos), and utilizing the very upper ranges of the instrument, (Check out Sal with Papo Lucca/Celia Cruz on Sonora Poncena’s “La Ceiba Y La Siguaraya”). Sal is currently living in South Florida where he stays very active doing recordings, songwriting, and productions. An outstanding example of his playing is on Arturo Sandoval’s “Danzon” recording, a brilliant rethinking of Dizzy Gillespie’s “Groovin’ High”.
Alberto Delgado is the youngest in the band. He was born in Colombia South America and graduated with an Audio Engineer degree from SAE Institution in New York City school for Audio Technology. Alberto has earned the respect of the older professional. He is aggressive when playing live, as well in the recording studio. A well rounded young player.
Admission is $20 and ALL proceeds benefit the Jazz Society’s Free Student Jazz Workshops.
To Learn more about Robert Navarro and his music, click here: www.stlucietropicaljazz.com.
Admission $20 – ALL proceeds benefit the Jazz Society’s Free Student Jazz Workshops. To learn more about the workshops, click here.
Concerts are open to the public and no reservations are needed. Admission is paid at the door students are free. The Cocoa Beach Country Club is located at 5000 Tom Warriner Blvd., Cocoa Beach.