Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture presents “Annette A. Aguilar & StringBeans with Ada Rovatti & Randy Breckeron Saturday, April 2, 2022 at 8:00 p.m. in person and online at Hostos Community College’s Main Theater, 450 Grand Concourse in the Bronx.
Acclaimed percussionist Annette A. Aguilar celebrates her “Women in Latin Jazz Festival” and 30 years of StringBeans – her ten-piece ensemble named for the use of string instruments. With his extraordinary musicians, Aguilar presents an evening of Latin jazz, Brazilian music and salsa. Seven-time Grammy Award-winning jazz trumpeter Randy Brecker and his wife, renowned saxophonist Ada Rovatti, join her for an explosive musical experience. These powerhouse musicians have shaped the sounds of jazz, Latin, R&B and rock for more than four decades.
Annette A. Aguilar is a percussionist, bandleader, composer, and music educator, best known for her Latin and Brazilian jazz band Annette A. Aguilar & StringBeans. Aguilar played with Tito Puente, Stevie Wonder, The four peaks, Jefferson Airplane and The Grateful Dead and in the Broadway shows Streetcorner Symphony, The Capeman and the Grammy-winning Smokey Joe’s Cafe. As Latin Jazz Ambassadors for the U.S. State Department, Annette A. Aguilar and StringBeans have toured extensively around the world in addition to releasing three albums and performing at the Kennedy Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, among other major American jazz venues.
Randy Brecker: trumpeter and jazz composer Randy Brecker helped shape the sound of jazz, R&B and rock for more than four decades. His trumpet and flugelhorn performances have graced hundreds of albums by a wide range of artists from James Taylor, Bruce Springsteen and Parliament/Funkadelic at Frank SinatraSteely Dan, Jaco Pastorius and Frank Zappa. Born in 1945 in Philadelphia into a musical family, Randy’s musical talent was cultivated from an early age. He has performed with Blood, Sweat and Tears, Horace Silver Quintet, Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, with his brothers in the Brecker Brothers Band, as well as a solo artist – winning seven Grammy Awards as well as numerous nominations along the way. As a much sought-after Yamaha composer, performer and clinician, Randy Brecker continues to influence and inspire young musicians around the world.
Ada Rovatti: Originally from Italy, Ada Rovatti began playing saxophone in high school after years of classical piano training. She studied at Berklee College of Music in Italy and performed in major festivals such as JVC in NYC Rochester Jazz Festival, IAJE, Detroit Jazz Fest, Montreal Jazz Fest, San Francisco Jazz Fest, NorthSea Jazz Fest. She released her new recording last year co-directed with Randy Brecker “Brecker Plays Rovatti: Sacred Bond” and received outstanding reviews and radio airplay entering the top 10. She is married to the jazz trumpeter Randy Brecker.
StringBeans: Celebrating 30 years, StringBeans was formed by Annette A. Aguilar in 1992 to play Latin and Brazilian jazz. The ten-piece group owes its name to its use of stringed instruments, including the violin and the harp. They became popular in New York’s Lower East Side and East Village and released three albums. Annette A. Aguilar & StringBeans have performed at the Kennedy Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center and many other venues in the United States and abroad. They have been selected three times as Latin Jazz Ambassadors by the US State Department as part of its “Rhythm Road” cultural exchange program, traveling to South Africa, Rwanda, Swaziland, Ethiopia, Kenya , Tanzania, Zanzibar and Madagascar. Annette A. Aguilar & StringBeans are: Annette A. Aguilar, conductor and percussion, Karen Joseph on flute, Nicki Denner on piano, Jennifer Vincent cello and double bass, Laura Dreyer on saxophone, Sofia Tosello on vocals, Eddie Venegas on trombone and violin, Rubén Rodríguez on bass, Renato Thoms on percussion and Benny Koonyesvky, drums