Enjoy the exotic sounds of Javier Gutierrez and his Latin jazz band Mosaic at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 15, at the Allen Public Library. Javier has been entertaining the Dallas-Fort Worth area for over fifteen years. The ensemble performs Latin jazz standards with an infusion of Afro-Cuban and Brazilian rhythms and styles.
Javier explains, “Latin Jazz is jazz that is fused with Latin American music styles. It's rich with percussion instruments such as congas, bongos, maracas, timbale and guiros. Jazz genius Dizzy Gillespie, along with Cubans Mario Bauza and Chano Pozo, are credited with its inception. It allows the listener and performer a way to celebrate the rich and diverse cultures of North and South America.”
A graduate from St. Leo University with a B.A. in music performance, Javier taught at the Armed Forces School of Music in Virginia and in Europe with the USAEUR Band, after which he retired and taught music for Dallas ISD. Currently, he performs locally with various groups including Mosaic, Salsero, and the Mesquite Jazz Repertoire Ensemble.
Javier and Mosaic have played at the Dallas Museum of Art’s “Jazz in the Atrium,” Dallas Arboretum and the Dallas Cinco de Mayo Celebration.
Javier performs on saxophone and flute. On drums, Amado Rodriguez, with Bobby Tompkins on Congas and percussion. Lico Cisneros on the bass and Christian Valdes on piano provide accompaniment. A native of Cuba, Ruth Guerrero will offer sensational vocals with a Caribbean sound.
The library is located at 300 N. Allen Dr. Sponsored by the Allen Public Library, the concert is free. Call 214-509-4911 for more information.