For the first time ever together, Cuban bassist Carlitos Del Puerto and Spanish band patáx will perform live on stage in three nights of back-to-back double concerts.
Even for the uninitiated, this dynamic line-up promises to impress.
Carlitos del Puerto, performing with Bruce Springsteen — Photo courtesy of Carlitos Del Puerto
Kicking things off with his unique style of Afro-Cuban beats is Carlitos del Puerto. The son of world-famous bass player Carlos del Puerto (the original founder of Irakere, an internationally influential group that won a Grammy Award for Best Latin Recording in 1980), Carlitos will be performing with his band, including Kamasi Washington on sax, Justin Bullard rapping and Tony Austin on drums, plus Ryan Porter, Camaron Russel Graves and Joey de Leon Jr.
While his father was his first and most significant mentor, Carlitos went on to study cello music at Alejandro Garcia Caturla Conservatory and then attended the National School of Music and Arts in Cuba. When he was just 17, Carlitos was named Best New Jazz Artist at the International Jazz Festival in Havana, Cuba.
In the United States, he’s played with Bruce Springsteen, Herbie Hancock and Stevie Wonder, among others.
Following up Carlitos Del Puerto is patáx, a Spanish fusion band that mixes flamenco, funk and Afro-Cuban folklore with spectacular results.
Directed by percussionist Jorge Pérez, patáx features Federico Lechner and Jorge Vera on piano, Valentin Iturat on drums, Marcos Collado and Israel Sandoval on guitar, Fabrizio Scarafile on sax and flute, Roberto Pacheco on trombone and vocals by Alana Sinkey.
Also influenced by Irakere, patáx draws upon artists such as Wayne Shorter, Miles Davis and Paco de Lucía for inspiration, aiming to merge flamenco, funk and Afro-Cuban folklore into a magical potion of music that's uniquely theirs.
Jorge Pérez, a Spanish native and American national, is a rarity in that he’s a percussionist leading up a jazz band. But that just makes his impact even more powerful, as evidenced by the dancing of the crowds that flock to any stage patáx performs on.
Since its opening in 2009, the Jazz Café Escazú has consistently been recognized as the premier spot to catch live international music acts in Costa Rica, and it’s also a great place to enjoy dinner while rubbing shoulders with a mixed crowd of tourists, Costa Ricans and expats.
Carlitos del Puerto will perform from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. and patáx from 11:30 p.m. to 2:00 am. Entrance rate is 10,000 colones per person, or about $20.