Thursday 30th May 2019
£10.00 - £10.00
Cuban trumpet player Yelfris Valdés brings his brand new band and repertoire For the Ones… The project marks an adventurous and experimental shift in Yelfris’ composition, connecting his soaring trumpet lines with complex harmonies and electronics to an Afro Cuban rhythm section and call and response vocals. For The Ones… is a bold attempt to connect Yelfris’s own Cuban musical history to his current position as a leading player in London’s multi-faceted, multi-rooted music scene. Hear the outstanding first single Aceleyo Aña here.
Yelfris moved to London in 2014 after ten years as member of the acclaimed Cuban son band Sierra Maestra. His versatility and improvisational abilities have led him to play with Yussef Kamal, Moses Boyd, Nubya Garcia, grime legend Kano MC, as well as Chucho Valdés, Billy Harper, Charlie Hunter, Sugaray, and Quantic.
Yelfris Valdes – trumpet
Vince Vella - Beat maker producer
Al MasSween – Keys
Medhi Karimi – Drums
Josh Barber – Bass
“When it comes to Yelfris Valdés and his countless music projects, you can be sure of two things: their quality and ability to surprise you.” Rhythm Passport Magazine
London based Cuban trumpet player Yelfris Valdes has become one of the most indemand trumpet players in the London music scene since he arrived in 2014. He was a
member of the acclaimed Cuban band Sierra Maestra (Grammy award nominated) for ten years. Due to his versatility and improvisation abilities he has been requested to play with big international stars. From the new UK generation such as Yussef Kamaal with Black Focus (best selling jazz album in the Uk), Moses Boyd, Nubya Garcia, grime legend Kano MC, Quantic music, to big classics like Chucho Valdés, Billy Harper, Charlie Hunter and the last edition of African Express with Damon Albarn, The Clash,
Michael Kiwanuka, Rokia Traoré amongst others.
Yelfris debuts his new project “For the Ones..” which has been described as Hypnotic Cuban-Nu Electronica. Here, the trumpeter has taken a more adventurous and experimental shift in his composition: ‘For this album, I worked deeply and meticulously to find a more layered sound including a trance feeling with grounded rhythms’. Yelfris has deliberately connected with his Yoruba religion and its shamanic chants, mixing that with the use of the electronics creates a hypnotic state. He has been able to mutate the acoustic sound of his trumpet into an unrecognisable horn without losing his power and tenderness.
The rhythm section has all the latin and African influences of the traditional Cuban music but when they fusion with the complex harmonies and electronics, it develops to an unexpected place becoming the new Yelfris Valdes stamp in contemporary music. The meaning underneath “For the Ones..” is exactly that: this music is for anybody who
wants to experience this new journey, for those that don’t put limits to creativity and empowerment.
“Local London legend in the making” The none ensemble (EFG Jazz Festival)
“A very interesting artist” Nick Gold (World Circuit)
“A vital component of the London scene for the past few years”. (Soho Radio).
“Yelfris Valdes is one of the brightest stars on London already vibrant Cuban and latin
scenes., (Jazzwise Magazine)
“We haven't had anything like this in New York for over twenty years". Wynton Marsalis
Each night Monday to Saturday, after the main act, Ronnie Scott’s presents the Late Late Show, where some of the UK’s finest jazz talents take to the stage for a late night blowing session.
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In 1959, saxophonist Ronnie Scott opened the door to a small basement club in London’s west end where local musicians could jam. Today, it is one of the world’s most famous jazz clubs attracting packed houses and the biggest names in jazz and popular music and Ronnie Scott’s welcoming, stylish setting is also home to London’s coolest late night hang.
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