This concert is underwritten in part by a generous donation from Richard and Michele Cabrera
“Gonzalo Rubalcaba, a pianist of almost supernatural abilities …”
Gonzalo Julio Gonzalez Fonseca was born in post-revolutionary Havana, Cuba, May 27, 1963, into a musical family rich in the traditions of the country’s artistic past. During his childhood, Gonzalo played piano and drums, while absorbing his Cuban musical heritage primarily from his father, pianist Guillermo Rubalcaba, his two brothers, and leading local musicians who frequented the household. Through scarce and treasured jazz recordings, he also assimilated the music of Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, and Art Blakey. He began his classical conservatory training at age nine, focusing on the piano, ultimately earning a degree in music composition from Havana’s Institute of Fine Arts. By that time he had become entrenched in the Havana club scene as a jazz player.
Mr Rubalcaba toured France and Africa with Orquesta Aragon prior to becoming a bandleader. A chance meeting in Havana with bassist Charlie Haden changed his life. Through Haden, he came to the attention of Blue Note Records’ president, Bruce Lundvall, thus beginning an association with Blue Note Records, which resulted in the release of 11 albums. These collaborations later brought Gonzalo a Latin Grammy for Jazz Album of the Year for Supernova, as well as a Grammy® for co-production with Charlie Haden of Nocturne, a release of Cuban and Mexican boleros and ballads.
Gonzalo Rubalcaba – piano
Matt Brewer – double bass
Marcus Gilmore – drums
Funding for South Florida JAZZ is provided in part by a grant from the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Division