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Inside Latin Jazz with Oskar Cartaya & Riccanection

April 23, 2019 @ 8:00 pm
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Oskar Cartaya with bass

Join us for this special Inside Latin Jazz concert featuring Oskar Cartaya and “The Riccanection.”

Oskar’s latest project, “The Ricannection”, bridges his Puerto Rican heritage with musical influences from around the world. “The Ricannection” is a blending of musical styles, cultures and whole new attitude to captivate and entertain the audience. With their energy, passion and very own swag, The Ricannection takes what is considered to be complex music and makes it feel natural and enjoyable.  Experience it, and judge for yourself.

Thanks to the generous support of the BCM Foundation, tickets to the Inside Latin Jazz series are FREE. However, they are only available starting two weeks prior to each event, and are Will Call only for phone orders and Print At Home only for internet orders. NOTE: There is a limit of 2 tickets per person.

Oskar Cartaya, during the course of a full career playing bass, composing, arranging and acting as musical director for an amazing array of artists, Oskar has soaked up the influences of his homes in Puerto Rico, New York and Los Angeles to create his very unique style.

A long prolific career working with the likes of Spyro Grya, Herb Albert, Jennifer Lopez, Celia Cruz, Ruben Blades, Tito Puente, Robbie Robertson, Willie Colon, Dave Valentin and more has given a solid reputation in the music industry.

Some of Oskar’s credits include the production of “Passion Dance” by Herb Alpert (Almo Records) and “Plenarriqueña” for Jennifer Lopez, a live concert on DVD (Sony Music). Touring with a plethora of artists including Steve Winwood, Spyro Gyra and the late Tito Puente.

Add in to the mix a stint in the house band for TV’s “ShowTime at The Apollo”, the ESPY’s, Latin Grammy Awards, Guys Choice Awards, composing and arranging for projects such as Jodie Foster’s movie “Contact”, producing the soundtrack for the movie “Wedding Bell Blues” and playing on Grammy-Winning albums for Arturo Sandoval, Willie Colon, and Spyro Gyra.

Other recent projects include playing on albums with Tito Nieves, Pete Escovedo, Andrae Crouch, Juan Gabriel, Sheila E, and the fun collaboration between Puerto Rican compadres – Rumbantela, and playing live behind such varied artists as Justin Timberlake, Wayne Brady, Playing for Change, Gilberto Santa Rosa, All 4 One, Wynona Judd, Jonathan Butler, just to name a few.

Now on his sophomore album the Latin Grammy Nominated, “Bajo Mundo” he describes it as, “an imaginary trip around the world with my bass and my backpack. My goal is to both engage and challenge the listener along this global journey. The album title has dual meanings: In addition to the literal translation of “bass world,” the term el bajo mundo refers to the underground or underworld and the mysterious, unsavory characters who populate it”.

The Inside Latin Jazz series continues to offer fascinating and penetrating onstage interviews with leading Latin Jazz artists. Moderated by flute soloist and Professor at Whittier College, Danilo Lozano, this is something every lover of music will not want to miss.


April 23, 2019
8:00 pm
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