Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles, are the star billing for the first night of concerts in the public square of Santa Ana

  • Snarky Puppy’s keyboard player presents his new musical project this Thursday 20 July, starting at 21.00 hours (free entrance) 
  • To complete the billing are the groups BlueInGreen and Paco Perera

Santa Ana prepares to host its first night of concerts programmed for the 26th edition of the Festival Internacional Canarias Jazz & Más Heineken, which will be held this Thursday 20 July, commencing at 21:00 hours. And it does so in style staging a great show, featuring one of the star groups of this edition, led by Snarky Puppy’s keyboard player, Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles. To add to the billing are performances by two local groups to entertain the loyal fans & followers of this event. The first one is BlueInGreen, led by saxophonist Morgan Hernández; and the other is a personal project led by Gran Canarian Paco Perera. The show commences at 21:00 hours.

Cory Henry (born February 1987) is the keyboard player of Snarky Puppy, a group that has updated & refreshed instrumental soul music like nobody today, and whose performances were experienced by the Canarian public during their earlier participation at the Festival Internacional Canarias Jazz&Más Heineken. A musician who is astonishing the world with his ability to revitalize instrumental R&B, an organist capable of delighting all kinds of audiences with his Hammond. He is also a prestigious producer who has worked with some outstanding artists of today, such as Bruce Springsteen, The Roots, Robert Glasper, Kenny Garrett & Erykah Badu. He is a regular contender at the Grammy Awards and has won on three occasions and received two nominations.

As a member of Snarky Puppy he won a Grammy in 2016 for the album Sylva in the category Best Contemporary Instrumental Album and also in 2017 in the same category for the album Culcha Vilcha. Also with Snarky Puppy, he had won a Grammy award for Best R&B Performance together with Lalah Hattaway in 2014.

His solo career culminated in 2016 with the release of the disc The Revival, on the ‘Ground Up’ label pertaining to Michael League (leader of Snarky Puppy). The disc features the dynamic potency of this artist with his improvisational performance on the Hammond B-3, with a repertoire ranging from old gospel to soul & jazz. A DVD which reflects the life of this artist, who began playing the organ at the tender age of two.

The project goes from his gospel roots to incredibly modern renditions of popular themes by Stevie Wonder. His concerts with The Funk Apostles are an extension of this album & project, in which there also features a blend of other sources of influence: Marvin Gaye, Herbie Hancock, Michael Jackson, James Brown & Jimi Hendrix.

BlueInGreen is the most recent group led by saxophonist Morgan Hernández (Puerto de la Cruz, 1960). Formed initially as a quartet, featuring Freddy Sánchez (drums), José Carlos Cejudo (bass) & Luis Merino (guitar), the band then added Miky Delgado (piano & synthesizer) and Víctor Galván (percussion), thus extending even more their range of sound & style.

Influential factors are many, the foremost being modal jazz, funk, progressive rock of the 70s & 80s and acid rock; which when combined with the rich individual experience of all the members, give BlueInGreen quite a unique, uncategorised sound.

Their repertoire, varied & extensive, include original numbers by Morgan Hernández written specifically for this group, as well as original arrangements of compositions by other songwriters (S.Swallow, Michael Jackson, Björk, etc…) revisited & reinvented in each and every rendition, thus providing it its hue of BlueInGreen; creativity & improvisation being the common denominator.

Since beginning his training at the age of twelve in the Municipal Band of Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife, till the present moment, Morgan Hernández has worked as composer, arranger, producer, session musician…. He has been a member of and collaborated with a number of groups & ensembles, namely: Cebolla Jazz Band, Sin África, Chucho Valdés & Irakere, Luis Vecchio Big Band, Javier Caramelo, David Schnitter & Marti Mabin Group, The Orchilla Meridian Time, Banda Sinfónica Municipal de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Ras Kuko, Trópico 28, Fernikhan, Polo Ortí Group, Javier Infante, Israel Sandoval…

De la raíz al aire is the latest work by Canarian musician Paco Perera, in which he submerges his roots in Canarian folklore. The melodic, rhythmic & harmonic elements are as much influential as the instrumentation in making its origin clearly recognisable by means of the compositions. This identity carries through to other pleasant surroundings that encompass jazz and electronic music. This project investigates a mixture of sounds that originate from very different ‘fields’. The acoustic tones of the contrabass, the piano, the laud (type of lute) and the timple come together and blend with electric sounds being backed by a rhythm section which is a combination of drums & traditional percussion: local type of snare drums from the islands of Hierro & Gomera (tambores herreños y gomeros) and local type of castanets (chácaras). From the deconstruction of the structural elements of folklore and incorporation of contemporary sounds emerges this new product with a marked Canarian identity.

Paco Perera, Canarian bassist, contrabassist & composer can boast of having  extensive experience in a varied number of genres, such as jazz, Canarian folklore, Latin music, flamenco, etc. etc. He received his music education & training at the ESMuC in Barcelona, and developed his career between that city and Madrid, working with figures like Lucrecia, Lole Montoya, Moncho, Las Migas, Caramelo, Jorge Rossy, Antonio Serrano and Allan Harris.

The band’s members are David León (drums, percussion, electronics), David Quevedo (piano & keyboards), Luis Ortíz (electronics), Luis Montesdeoca (laudino & violin) and José Rodríguez (laúd (chordophone) & timple). It is an eclectic group made up of established musicians by virtue of their national & international career experience.

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