Tom Keener – Guest Contributor
Apr 4 2018
Latin Jazz



Central Standard Time



Allen Public Library
300 N. Allen Dr.
Allen, Texas 75013

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Latin sounds will fill the air when the Russ Hewitt Band performs at the Allen Public Library at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at the Allen Public Library.  An award-winning guitarist, Russ Hewitt’s recordings Bajo el sol, Alma Vieja and Cielo Nocturno resulted in five Top 40 Smooth Jazz singles.  Combining lightning guitar runs with unique Flamenco, Brazilian and Rumba rhythms will guarantee an electrifying concert. 

Flamenco dancer Julia Alcatana will also grace the stage with spectacular selections.  Julia is founder of the Oak Cliff Flamenco Festival.  

Russ Hewitt explains, "My style is not true Flamenco, jazz, Latin, Cuban or Brazilian but a fusion of them all, sometimes combined simultaneously without regard to the rules that govern each genre.  A Latin/rumba base exists in all my songs but each with a distinctive movement."

Holding a performance degree in classical guitar from University of North Texas, Russ is a voter for the Grammy and Latin Grammy.  His hit ‘Bajo el Sol’ was included on the ballot for the 52nd Grammy Awards. A recipient of five Telly Awards, Russ composed music for the upcoming feature film “Thirst: Mission Liberia” that has already won a Silver Telly in the Spiritual – Faith category and a Bronze Telly in the Documentary category. 

Composing multiple soundtracks and songs for television shows, Russ’s latest magnum opus is the DVD companion to the New York Times bestseller ‘The Harbinger Decoded’ by Jonathan Cahn. 

The band is comprised of Bob Parr on bass, Wana Hong on violin, Efren Guzman on drums, and Miguel Antonio on guitar, and Jose Rossy on percussion

 The library is located at 300 N. Allen Dr.  Sponsored by the Allen Public Library, the concert is free.  Call 214-509-4911 for additional information.