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Where: The Jazz Kitchen (5377 N College Avenue)
When: Friday, September 16, 2016
Times: 7:30 & 10p
Tickets: $20 ($30 Front Row Table)
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Yasser Tejeda & Palotré is a Dominican fusion band that brings invigorating rock, jazz and fusion sounds to traditional Dominican rhythms. Founded by bandleader, composer and guitarist Yasser Tejeda, Palotré also includes drummer/percussionist Otoniel Nicolás, percussionist Juamy Fernández and bassist Luis Feliz. Yasser’s compositions along with the band’s arrangements blend various musical worlds together into a unique performance approach as they boldly experiment with an emerging style called Dominican jazz. Palotré’s debut CD Mezclansa (2009) was dubbed one of the “100 essential recordings of Dominican music” by the nation’s Association of Art Writers (Acroarte).
Afro-Dominican Jazz (A rich fusion of Jazz with the folkloric rhythms and beats of the Dominican Republic – Palo, Gagá, Merengue and others) / Latín Jazz / Rock-Jazz / Reggae-Jazz / Funk
Palotre invigorates the bachata and merengue tradition with a post-Hendrix, post-Jaco, post-Bob Marley aesthetic that is positively brimming with hip ideas and an edgy electric quality while remaining fundamentally rooted in groove. Led by the exciting guitarist-composer Yasser Tejeda, a talent worthy of wider recognition, this accomplished band from the Dominican Republic carves out some fresh new territory on the modern jazz scene with Mezclansa.
– Bill Milkowski, JazzTimes Magazine: