July 18th - Monday. Night. JAZZ. Negroni's Trio + Ed Calle + Federico Britos. This is Monday Night!

This show is a continuation of our fun-filled jazz nights! Come enjoy the show with us at the Stage!!



Hailing from Puerto Rico, accomplished pianist and composer Jose Negroni has garnered recognition in the world of Jazz. A disciple of the legendary multi-instrumentalist salsa and Latin Jazz great, Papo Lucca, Negroni’s career spans over 16 years as a teacher in his island’s Music Conservatory. His talent then took him to the States where he worked as Director for Sony Music Publishing for ten years.

Negroni’s true passion never left him throughout and in 2002 he created Negroni’s Trio, a truly amazing combination where jazz, classic lyricism and Afro Latin punches merge. Negroni’s Trio consists of his son Nomar Negroni, a gifted and powerful drummer, and alternating guest bass players including John Benítez, Marco Panascia, Michael Bordelon and Jonathan Estes, amongst others.

A product of the famed Berklee College of Music, Nomar’s career also includes session work for various great jazz and pop artists and recently was nominated as 2008 Best Drummer of the Year by The Latin Jazz Corner.

Throughout his journey, Negroni performed with the likes of Apollo Sound and was the featured pianist with La Sonora Ponceña when his mentor, the famed Papo Lucca, was unavailable to perform. Simultaneously, Negroni established a successful career as one of the most solicited director, producer and pop music arrangers all while on tour as pianist and director with numerous multinational artists.

Their debut album, “Naturaleza/Nature” (2003 Universal Music Latino), combines progressive jazz elements, pop and Latin music, while at the same time pays homage to the spirit of his native island. Since its release, “Naturaleza/Nature” achieved accolades on jazz and new age radio stations throughout the US.

The follow up album, “Piano/Drums/Bass” (2005 Universal Music Latino), was nominated in the category of Best Latin Jazz Album for the Latin GRAMMY (2005); achieved airplay in over 370 worldwide radio stations and reached Top 15 on the charts (Jazz Week Charts, USA). This production combines classic and Afro Caribbean elements, bass lines with great rhythmic sense, piano vamps and brilliant percussion solos. Negroni’s Trio received international acclaim upon the release of this CD in Japan, Spain, Argentina, England, Greece, Uruguay, Indonesia and Mexico.

Their third album release “Negroni’s Trio LIVE” (2005 NTC) was recorded in a very intimate theatre in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Produced by the quality of musicianship and rapport of Negroni and Negroni’s Trio, resulted in an effervescent set, offering tunes breaking new ground in jazz. A true melodic pleasure that became a good choice for both the occasional listener looking for the “best of” the band, and also for the hard–core fan who will savour the fine details and musical variants of Negroni’s Trio.

The Trio’s most recent release “Father & Son” (2008 Cacao Music) is “not only fresh and intimate, it showcases Negroni’s unique approach to the Latin-jazz medium, showing us that it is indeed possible to say something new”. -Rebeca Mauleón (Jazz Times Magazine). The album is an uncompromising yet totally accessible look at one of the finest working Jazz groups today.

In between recording sessions and teaching as part of Miami Dade College’s Latin Jazz Institute, Negroni’s Trio’s vast schedule of international festivals and local presentations include Java Jazz Festival (Indonesia), Vivamerica Festival (Spain), Heineken Jazz Festival (Puerto Rico) and many more.

The audiences of Negroni’s Trio are seduced by their classic lyricism, innovative and fresh piano improvisations - in both standard as well as original repertoire. They repeatedly electrify audiences with the energy and synergy that is transmitted during their live idyllic performances. Negroni’s Trio holds nothing back – they deliver any emotion one rations themselves - Infused with blissful sensations reeling in listeners in the pursuit of an ideal and ultimate euphoria.



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(Taken from Negroni's Trio Website)



There is no greater proof of the universality of jazz and classical music than that which embodies the career and life work of Federico Britos. This titan of the violin, who is as equally adept within the world of jazz music as he is in the classical realm, has built a solid reputation throughout the Southern Hemisphere of the Americas.

Born in Uruguay, Federico began playing violin at age five. Serving as principal chair, soloist and ultimately Concertmaster with some of the great symphony orchestras of Uruguay, Venezuela, Peru and Cuba. He was also Concertmaster of the Miami Symphony Orchestra for seven years and of the Ars Flores Orchestra. Federico has, from his earliest years, kept his musical ears wide open. He not only enriches his palette with the unique rhythms and melodies of Latin American music, but also has voraciously absorbed the sounds of North American jazz and popular music. He has performed with such great musicians as Dizzy Gillespie, Dexter Gordon, Duke Ellington, Nat King Cole, Woody Herman and Benny Goodman. As a composer, Federico has written and recorded many works for orchestra, chamber ensembles, ballet and dance. He has composed danzones, sones, boleros, tangos, jazz pieces, concerts, suites and bossa novas. While living in Peru and Venezuela, he also wrote music for jingles, films, TV and theater. Federico would, in time, not only perform with some of Latin America's greatest musicians, such as Astor Piazzolla, Joao Gilberto, Vinicio de Moraes, Dorival Caymi, Bola de Nieve, Enrique Jorrin, Jose Antonio Mendez, Gonzalo Roig, Bebo Valdes and Israel Lopez Cachao, but would have the opportunity to share his outstanding talent with Charlie Byrd, Bucky Pizzarelli, Kenny Baron, Michel Camilo, Arwell Shaw, Ketter Betts, Bucky Pizzarelli, Charlie Haden and Ken Peplowski. He has toured Europe with Frank Vignola and the Hot Club USA and has also performed at various Jazz Festivals, such as Jazz Festival of Bern, Switzerland; Django Reinhardt Festival at Birdland Jazz Club in New York; San Francisco Jazz Festival; Jazz Nights with Bob Lappin and the Palm Beach Pops;Columbus Jazz Orchestra in Ohio; Miami Beach World Music Festival;North Carolina Jazz Festival; Nord Sea Jazz Festival; Montreal and Montreux Jazz Festivals. The pantheon jazz violin masters Joe Venuti, Eddie South, Stephane Grappelli, Stuff Smith and Ray Nance have all inspired Federico's jazz style. His composition for symphony orchestra and jazz quintet, SUITE GRAPPELLIANA, was premiered in 1989 by the Montevideo Symphony Orchestra. He performed in The Grappelli Legacy on December 1998 at Carnegie Hall.

In Washington, Federico performed in the Concert Hall of Kennedy Center in a Concert called AMERICANOS, along with Cachao, Jose Feliciano, Nestor Torres, Juan Luis Guerra, Gloria Estefan and Paquito d'Rivera, produced by James E. Olmos. In his book MY SAXUAL LIFE Paquito d'Rivera quotes that Federico was the one who introduced bossa nova in Cuba. Luc Delannoy in his book CALIENTE mentions also his name as the one who first played bossa nova in Cuba. Nat Chediak in his Dictionary of Latin Jazz also quotes that Federico along with Guillermo Barreto, drums; Abelardo Buch, guitar; and Cachaito, bass, recorded a very important bossa record in Cuba with LOS AMIGOS. He is a member of the Cachao All Stars Orchestra. He is the musical director of DANZON BY SIX. Actually, he is involved in a new project with Jorge Garcia, cuban guitar player, duo, with whom he has recorded two CDs. His last project VOYAGE has special guests such as Tomatito, Kenny Baron, Michel Camilo, Bucky Pizzarelli, Giovanni Hidalgo, Cachao and Antonio Adolfo. He has won four Grammy Awards for his performance in two CDs with Cachao; Bebo Valdes and El Cigala LAGRIMAS NEGRAS; and NOCTURNE with Charlie Haden.

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Saxophonist Ed Calle is known for his extraordinary ability to play bebop, Latin and contemporary jazz, and pop. Born in Caracas of Spanish parents, it was obvious from the start that he was a natural player and now, Calle can be heard on hundreds of recordings both as a sideman and soloist. He appears on Grammy-award-winning albums by Frank Sinatra, Vicky Carr, Arturo Sandoval, and Jon Secada, as well as on numerous television and motion picture soundtracks. He also has recorded and performed around the world with such artists as Gloria Estefan, Julio Iglesias, Michael Bolton, Bob James, Bobby Caldwell, Rhianna, Extreme, and Vanessa Williams. Among his many solo recordings, Ed Calle Plays Santana garnered a Latin Grammy Award nomination in 2005. His latest release In the Zone (2006) features original compositions and jazz standards and earned a Latin Grammy nomination in 2007. Besides being an internationally acclaimed jazz performer and prolific composer and arranger, Calle is in great demand as a jazz clinician and enjoys working with students. Ed has served as a guest artist and clinician with the Monk Institute and at colleges including Brigham Young University, Temple College, The University of North Florida, The University of Florida, The University of Miami, and West Palm Beach Community College. Ed and Sari Calle live with their three children in South Florida where Ed serves as Associate Professor Senior of Music Business and Production at Miami Dade College. A member of the Miami Saxophone Quartet, a Selmer saxophone artist, and Jody Jazz mouthpieces and AMT microphones endorser, Ed Calle also owns and operates One-Take Recording Studios, leads the Fuego Caliente Latin Jazz Orchestra, and has earned a Doctor of Higher Education Leadership from Nova Southeastern University where he graduated with a perfect 4.0 average. Addressing one of America's greatest educational challenges, Dr. Calle's doctoral dissertation compares the effectiveness of online and traditional remedial mathematics education. In addition to his passion for and study of music, Ed is a lifelong student of mathematics who is frequently asked to deliver lectures exploring the relationship between music and mathematics. Dr. Calle delivered the keynote address at the MAC^3 conference in 2007.