ST. LOUIS — The Fidel Morales Afro Cuban Jazz Trio will perform for the first time in St. Louis, Saturday, Jan. 24. The group is known for their virtuosity, dynamic and rhythmically intricate performances.
The band’s leader, Fidel Morales is a drummer and percussionist from Havana, Cuba now based in Puerto Rico where he teaches drum set at the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music. Morales is a professor at the Jazz and Caribbean Music Area of the Conservatory. He has performed with artists such as Danilo Pérez, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Giovanni Hidalgo, Eddie Gómez, John Faddis, Mark Kramer, Mike Orta, Gary Campbell, Gary Keller and Vic Juris. He contributed as well in the CD “Bajando Gervasio”, by Amadito Valdés, nominated for 2004 GRAMMY Awards. Morales is preparing for the release of his third album “Omío”.
Morales is joined by Gabriel Rodriguez, from San Juan, Puerto Rico. Rodriguez has three record releases under his name and two Grammy nominated projects as a member of Charlie Sepulveda’s group. He is also the jazz bass professor also at the Conservatory. The third member of this group is Isaac Lausell who teaches jazz and classical guitar at the School of Music at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale (SIUC). Lausell has led the guitar program since 2012 and will soon be releasing his third CD “Homegrown Devices”.
The trio will be performing at Voce, a live music venue located at 212 S. Tucker Blvd. The group will play two sets from 8 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. Admission is $10 and $5 for students with ID. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at http://robbieshouseofjazz.com/events.html.