Composer and pianist Miguel Romero and his 5 piece ensemble perform original "Cuban Jazz Funk" at Pellissippi State Technical Community College in Knoxville, Tennessee on Saturday, March 9, 2002,at 8 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center of the Pellissippi Campus on Hardin Valley Road.
Born in Cuba, Romero comes from a long line of musicians who played at the Club Tropicana in Havana. Romero is a 21st century jazz composer and a pioneer of Nu Cuban. Romero has built a very tight group that can swing with funky accent, jamming clave and fusion groove. Romero performed at 2001 Montreux Jazz Festival and was a panelist on the"NY to Havana, Nonstop" seminar at the 2002 International Association of Jazz Educators "NY to Havana, Nonstop" Seminar. Romero just recieved a REMIX Composers Grant from the American Composers Forum for work at the Boys and Girls Club.
Reviews include: "Coltrane influences as well as touches of Stravinsky in Romero's piano solos"-The Times "In the same class as Chucho Valdes and Danilo Perez" -Latin Style Magazine "Substantial chops that seduce." -Phoenix New Times "Everything from laid back grooves to vigorous improv. -Creative Loafing "Fresh..an array of grooves from straight ahead to deep funk.. blazing piano, tight horns and outstanding percussion.... a remarkable band." -Performer Magazine "Romero is a heavyweight by any musical standard." -Atlanta Constitution
Romero’s latest cd "Cuban Jazz Funk which he produced and composed was done live in one 4 hour session. "Cuban Jazz Funk" was named CD of the Week -Boston Herald, "A Great CD" by JAZZIZ, a "Top 10 Cd of the Year" by Jazz USA and named a "Top 15 Independent Artist of the Year" by Contemporary Jazz.
Tickets for the Pellissippi State performance are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and students and $10 for children. Group discounts also are available. Advance reservations are recommended. For information and tickets, call (865)539-7529. More information on Miguel Romero and his music is available at http://www.miguelromero.com