"Here Now" An artists journey from Zimbabwe to America
- Performing & Visual Arts
- La Peña Cultural Center, Berkeley CA
Conjunto Chappottín is one of the top Cuban "son" groups on the scene today. The founding of the band dates back to the 1940s and its founder, Arsenio Rodriguez, one the country's most renowned band leaders and a major influence on Latin Jazz and Salsa for decades. With his Conjunto, he was the first to add reed and brass instruments to a Latin band. When Arsenio left Cuba in 1950 to undergo an ophthalmological treatment in New York, he handed the musical direction over to his first trumpet player, Felix Chappottín. The band was renamed "Felix Chappottín y su Conjunto Todos Estrellas". Felix directed the band successfully until his death in 1983. From 1983 until the 1990s his son, Angel Chappottín Valdes carried on as musical director and since then the grandson of Felix Chappottín, Jesus Angel Chappottín Coto has directed the band together with singer/percussionist, Miguelito Cuni Jr.
$22 adv, $25 door
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