The three most popular exports out of Cuba are cigars, baseball players and musicians. Cuban versions of those things have this in common: They are rare, of the finest quality, and can take a while to make it to the United States. Pianist Dayramir Gonzalez has been a star in Cuba from age 16, when master percussionist Oscar Valdés (from the legendary Cuban group Irakere) chose the young prodigy for his new band. Nearly 15 years later, Gonzalez has achieved success away from his homeland, performing at Carnegie Hall in 2012 and in venues across Europe, the Caribbean and North America. His refined yet bravado-infused pianism naturally extends the brilliant legacy of Cuban jazz pianists from Bebo Valdés to Chucho Valdés to Gonzalo Rubalcaba. Gonzalez brings to Blue Whale an American version of his award-winning Latin jazz group, Habana EnTRANCE.
Tue., Aug. 5, 9 p.m., 2014
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