Havana pianist Harold Lopéz-Nussa, whose work reflects the range and richness of Cuban music and its embrace of jazz improvisation and interaction, comes to Ravenscroft in this special cultural exchange presentation by Lakeshore Music.
The ease and invention with which he improvises at the piano makes it hard to believe that López-Nussa didn’t take up jazz until age 18. He initially was emboldened by Herbie Hancock’s “The New Standard.” He later found inspiration from Cuba’s great jazz pianists—the reigning master Chucho Valdés, and recordings of Chucho’s father, the late Bebo Valdés. Un Día Cualquiera, López-Nussa’s second release, tells this story—his story—with drama and emotion.
Lopéz-Nussa formed his trio with younger brother Ruy Adrián López-Nussa on percussion and bassist Gaston Joya a decade ago in Cuba.
For more than a half century, Cuba and the U.S. have performed an odd dance of politics, including a still-standing embargo. Nevertheless, their bond is deep and strong, expressed most forcefully through the dance of culture, especially music.