Rolando Morales-Matos and his Jazz' Y Mambo Band

Rolando Morales-Matos and his Jazz' Y Mambo Band

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Doors: 10:00 pm / Show: 11:00 pm

$40.00

There is a $10.00 food or drink minimum per person. Dinner is served between 5pm-1am.

Rolando Morales-Matos
Rolando Morales-Matos
Birdland will present an unforgettable evening of explosive and exciting music by one-of-a-kind multi-percussionist/composer Rolando Morales-Matos. His original compositions, along with his interpretations of works by other composers, combine the polyrhythmic traditions of Afro-Caribbean, South American, and Jazz reflects Rolando’s broad pallet as a performer/composer and bandleader. His newest project’s eponymous debut album Forward was released in 2013 and includes a special guest Ron Carter on bass. International Latin music news source Timba.com described it “A top notch Latin jazz album with intriguing compositions/arrangements and fiery improvisations by Morales-Matos and his superb roster of musicians. Forward is a complete album that represents Latin Jazz in all three dimensions. It is simultaneously eclectic, sophisticated and accessible with a heavy groove that never lets up. Morales-Matos is a true virtuoso…”

Rolando will share the stage with an all-star lineup that includes fellow Latin-jazz heavyweights Ivan Renta (tenor sax), John Benitez (bass), Victor Pablo (percussion), Joel Mateo (drums) and Allan Farnham (piano). The night will include selections from Rolando’s albums Forward and From The Earth, featuring his virtuoso talents on vibraphone, percussion, hang drum and more.

A native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Morales-Matos has toured worldwide with Ron Carter’s Foursight Quartet and performed and/or recorded with Paquito D’Rivera, Celine Dion, Dave Samuels, Dave Valentine, Willie Colon along with countless others in the Jazz, Latin, Pop and world idioms. Also an accomplished classical musician, he has shared the stage with numerous symphony orchestras and chamber ensembles, and frequently performs with the Philadelphia Orchestra.

He is a percussionist and assistant conductor with The Lion King on Broadway and the recipient of the 2006 Drum Magazine World Beat Percussionist-of-the-Year Award.