Chano Pozo was an Afro-Cuban jazz percussionist, singer, dancer and composer, playing an essential role in the foundation of Latin Jazz.
“Manteca” which he recorded with Dizzy Gillespie, who considered him the greatest drummer he had ever heard, marked a turning point in Jazz history. This renowned and explosive theme was a revolution in the rhythmic concept of the North American popular music.
“Chano changed the musical taste in the United States.”
Leonardo Padura Fuentes, author of the acclaimed and multi-award winning novel The Man who Loved Dogs, is recognized as one of the most important and influential Latin American writers of today, being responsible for the renewal of detective and historical fiction.
A novelist, journalist and screenwriter, Padura is the author of ten novels already translated into more than 20 languages. Awards granted to his work as a whole include: the “Ordre des Arts et des Lettres” granted by the French Ministry of Culture, the “Princesa de Asturias de las Letras”, The “Raymond Chandler Award” granted by the Courmajor Festival, the exclusive “Roger Caillois” granted by the French Pen Club together with the “Maison de l´Amérique Latine”, and the National Prize for Literature of Cuba.
Ajubel is an artist, designer and visual communicator of great international prestige.
Throughout his career , Ajubel has been recognized with more than 120 national and international awards, both in design and illustration , drawing, humor and painting.
Some of these awards are The Bologna Ragazzi Award 2009 ( the Illustration Pulitzer), the Best of Newspaper Design ( Two bronze medals and an Honorable Mention ) the National Award for Illustration granted by Ministerio de Cultura de España and the CJ Picture Book Awards Korea.
He has participated in the Biennials of Havana, Sao Paolo and Venice, as well as having exhibited in Miami, Mexico, Havana, Seoul, Sao Paolo, Madrid, Bologna, Barreiro (Portugal ), Istanbul, Gothenburg and Valencia among others.
The event has been organized to pay a well deserved and required tribute to Chano Pozo. A recognition already initiated with “The sad night of Chano Pozo“, which Leonardo Padura and Ajubel take as a starting point.
These two artists are making a contribution by giving “the drummer of Cuba” as he was known, the place he deserves in the History of Music, in a joint venue of artistic disciplines: visual arts, literature and music.
Artworks by Ajubel for “The sad night of Chano Pozo”, texts by Padura along with the use of technology will all come together in a major exhibition that will travel from Havana to NewYork.
Within the framework of this event there will be tribute concerts with leading jazz figures from both sides.
This program includes other activities such as educational workshops, seminars and professional meeting sessions involving music, literature, education and culture.
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