A lesser-known fact regarding Latin-jazz players is many of them prefer to play straight-ahead bebop, given the choice. At least that's what motivated drummer Ignacio Berroa to flee his native Cuba for New York, where he joined the quartet of Dizzy Gillespie, the godfather of Afro-Cuban music. Berroa himself has become an elder statesman of this original fusion of jazz with musica cubana, having played with jazz and Latin music titans from Slide Hampton to Tito Puente. His undulating bolero cadences helped Charlie Haden win a Grammy (in 2002 for Nocturne). Traveling to Cuba is much easier now, but coming here on this night might be the next best thing.
Sat., Jan. 10, 9 p.m.-midnight, 2015
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