Association of Jazz Journalists Award – June 19, 2002Scott
We are pleased to announce that Omar Sosa received the award for Afro-Caribbean Jazz Album of the Year from the Jazz Journalists Association for his latest CD release “Sentir” (OTA1009). Presented on June 19, 2002 at the Jazz Standard in New York by JJA president Howard Mandel, Omar’s award was one of 39 categories acknowledged by the association. For complete JJA Jazz Awards winners, please visit www.jazzhouse.org.
In his review of Omar’s sold-out show at the Blue Note in New York on June 24, Ben RatliffofThe New York Times, under the headline “Votive Candles and Wild Riffs”, writes: “The Cuban-born pianist Omar Sosa has a nearly feral sense of showmanship: at the Blue Note on Monday night, performing for the first time in New York, he came to flatten the crowd, and he did. By far the greatest joys of the evening came inrhythmic vamps and breakdowns, when Brutha Los free-styled a rap about riding with Jesus in a Cadillac or when Ms. Galarraga intoned Yoruba chants and the band just worked out. But Mr. Sosa also furnished meticulously arranged parts to open and close his tunes. He played an astonishing piano solo, drenched in floridly classical, superanimated Cuban piano technique. He even plunged into astringent free improvisation with bass and drums, in the Cecil Taylor mode. But the set held together, and proved Mr. Sosa’s charismatic, large-canvas imagination” (June 28, 2002).
For the complete New York Times review, please visit http://www.nytimes.com/2002/06/28/arts/music/28SOSA.html.
Omar Sosa’s concert schedule for July and August includes the following shows:
July 6 Bagnols Blues, Bagnol-sur-Ceze, France (Trio with Martha Galarraga and Gustavo Ovalles)
July 7 Park Jazz, Kortrijk, Belgium (Quintet)
July 15Messina (Sicily), Italy (Octet)
July 16Marsala (Sicily), Italy (Octet)
July 19Tondefestas, Tondela, Portugal (Septet)
July 22Blue Note Tokyo, Japan (Octet)
July 23Blue Note Tokyo, Japan (Octet)
July 24Blue Note Tokyo, Japan (Octet)
July 25Motion Blue, Yokohama, Japan (Duo with Gustavo Ovalles)
July 27Les Nuits des Suds, Vence, France (Octet)
July 30Angers l’Ete, Angers, France (Octet)
July 31Festival de Jazz, Aix-en-Provence, France (Octet)
August 3Jazz a Vannes, Vannes, France (Octet)
August 4Jazz in Marciac, Marciac, France (Octet)
August 5Fiesta Latina, Sete, France (Octet)
August 6Fitou (near Perpignan), France (Duo with Gustavo Ovalles)
Later in August, Omar Sosa will collaborate with renowned saxophonist David Murray in two special projects. The line-up will include Hamid Drake on drums; Jaribu Shahid on acoustic bass; Gustavo Ovalles, Miguel Rios Morales “Puntilla Jr.”, and Javier Campos on bata drums; and Martha Galarraga on vocals. The dates are as follows:
August 23 Rocella Jonica, Italy
August 25 Azores, Portugal
Omar Sosa’s Fall Tour 2002 will kick off with his first ever concert in London at Queen Elizabeth Hall on October 10.