Langnau Jazz Nights: Wednesday July 26

Program Wednesday July 26, 2023

Wednesday, July 26 – 22:15

Richard Bona & Alfredo Rodriguez Duo
Richard Bona eb/voc, Alfredo Rodriguez p/voc

Alfredo Rodriguez and Richard Bona first became aware of one another’s talent through their shared mentor, Quincy Jones. After years of friendship, the duo went into the studio to work together on Rodriguez’s album Tocororo, which was produced by Quincy Jones. On the album, they released two songs together, Raíces (Roots) and Ay, Mamá Inés that showcase how their unique musical backgrounds can cohesively come together to produce inspiring sounds.

After meeting Quincy Jones at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 2006, Alfredo left Cuba and his family behind to immigrate to the United States to pursue his dream. Alfredo was schooled in the rigorous classical conservatories of Havana. His riveting artistry is informed as much by Bach and Stravinsky as it is by his Afro Cuban and jazz roots. Over the past decade, Alfredo grew from a young local Cuban artist to a globally recognized GRAMMY-nominee.

Hailing from a small town in Cameroon, Richard Bona became fascinated with the great American bassist, Jaco Pastorius, at a very early age. Pastorius inspired him to pick up the instrument, and years later, Bona would eventually become one of the most highly-acclaimed bass players in the world. After winning his first GRAMMY in 2002, his fourth-studio album Tiki was nominated for “Best Contemporary World Music Album” at the 49th GRAMMY Awards. He has dedicated his 30+ year career to promoting peace, happiness, and unity through his music, and is currently fulfilling his mission of touring every country in the world.

Wednesday, July 26 – 20:30

Taylor Eigsti Trio feat. Antonio Sanchez & Harish Raghavan
Taylor Eigsti p, Antonio Sanchez dr, Harish Raghavan b

He was celebrated as a prodigy and released his first album at the age of 14. Today, Taylor Eigsti is one of the most sought-after pianists and has shared the stage with many welln known artists. He is also very successful with his own music and has recently been awarded a Grammy for his latest album "Tree Falls". For many years Eigsti has also been a passionate lecturer and in this capacity he will pass on his knowledge and skills to young musicians during this year's Langnau Jazz Nights.