Past Event

Dizzy at 100: The Juilliard School Celebrates with Elio Villafranca

We’re celebrating Diz’s 100th birthday in true Dizzy spirit, with a band of young lions from The Juilliard School led by one of the most exciting Afro-Cuban pianists on the scene today, Elio Villafranca. It’s a combination of musical fireworks, global spirit, and good-hearted fun that encapsulates all things Diz, minus that signature goatee.

Anthony Hervey, trumpet
David Milazzo, alto saxophone
Jeffery Miller, trombone
Joel Wenhardt, piano
Andrea Domenici, piano
Adam Olszewski, bass
Cameron MacIntosh, drums

Elio Villafranca is at the forefront of the latest generation of remarkable Cuban pianists, composers and bandleaders that has been making major contributions to the development of jazz. In the 2010 Grammy Awards he was nominated in Best Latin Jazz Album of the Year, for his performance, composition and coproduction in the album Things I Wanted To Do by Chembo Corniel. Villafranca is an official Steinway Artist who’s performed as leader and as a sideman with Wynton Marsalis, Jon Faddis, Sonny Fortune, Giovanni Hidalgo, Eddie Henderson, Miguel Zenón, Cándido Camero, and Johnny Pacheco.