This project was born from a chance meeting between Spanish Brass and Chano Domínguez, who had the opportunity to attend a concert given by the quintet near Seattle in 2015. A magical connection emerged between the musicians that led them to decide to share their talents on stage.
The program features a new piece that Chano composed for brass quintet, piano and cajón flamenco (percussion); the rest of the pieces are ones that Chano composed for artists such as Wynton Marsalis and Jerry González, and has now arranged for Spanish Brass, piano and cajón flamenco.
Entitled “Puro de Oliva” (meaning “Extra-Virgin Olive Oil”), this show is a perfect vehicle for the music and culture of Spain. A special guest artist is Chano’s son, percussionist Pablo Domínguez.
Chano Domínguez needs no introduction. He is one of the most celebrated jazz pianists and composers of our time. His work is defined by his flamenco origins. During a career spanning more than four decades, he has dazzled audiences of all kinds, including other musicians, spanning the worlds of jazz and flamenco equally. Internationally acclaimed, he has influenced and changed the history of flamenco and jazz. His interpretive talents and authentic integration of the jazz and flamenco traditions are in great demand, as seen in his collaboration with esteemed colleagues such as Paco de Lucía, Wynton Marsalis, Paquito d’Rivera, Jack DeJohnette, Herbie Hancock, Jerry Gonzalez, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Michel Camilo, Chucho Valdés, Joe Lovano, George Mraz, Enrique Morente, Jorge Pardo, Carles Benavent and Martirio, among others. His music has been performed by numerous ensembles and orchestras including the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, WDR Cologne Big Band, Orquesta Nacional de España, National Orchestra of Latvia, Orquesta de Cámara del Vallés, and the Orquesta Nacional de Costa Rica. In 2016 he was nominated for his 4th GRAMMY, this one a Latin GRAMMY for his latest release, “Bendito,” featuring Chano as producer, composer and pianist. Chano has taught at Juilliard, the Taller de Músics in Barcelona, the Bogotá Conservatory, and the University of Washington School of Music, among other institutions. Chano lives in New York City, where Sunnyside Records has just released his new solo album, “Over the Rainbow.”
Spanish Brass is one of the world’s most dynamic and admired brass groups. In 2017 they received the I Bankia Music Talent Award in Spain, for the most influential musical artists. They have participated in some of the most prestigious venues and festivals around the globe, as well as such signal moments as the gala award ceremony of the Principe de Asturias Prize, and recording the music for the play "La Fundación" by Buero Vallejo for the National Drama Center and the soundrack for the film "Descongélate" by Félix Sabroso for El Deseo Producers. They have recorded 21 CDs, including a retrospective double CD and two CDDVD, in which they demonstrate a multiplicity of styles and modes. As devoted to teaching and outreach as they are to performance, Spanish Brass has founded two international brass festivals: the Spanish Brass Alzira Festival (www.sbalz.com) and the Brassurround Festival (www.brassurround.com).