Bobby Carcassés, jazz trumpet/singer you should know: Lulaworld, this Tue May 14

Every jazz community seems to have at least one Bobby Carcassés: a cat who is good enough to star in a bigger scene, but stays behind to mentor young musicians and organize within the city. The lesser-known heroes, the musicians’ musicians. Except the community represented by Bobby Carcasses [car-cuh-SES — accents don’t work on NPR.org] happens to be Havana, Cuba — where jazz was once stifled by a fiercely anti-U.S. government.

Every jazz community seems to have at least one Bobby Carcasses: a cat who is good enough to star in a bigger scene, but stays behind to mentor young musicians and organize within the city. The lesser-known heroes, the musicians’ musicians. Except the community represented by Bobby Carcasses [car-cuh-SES — accents don’t work on NPR.org] happens to be Havana, Cuba — where jazz was once stifled by a fiercely anti-U.S. government.

That’s from an NPR article

It’s difficult to imagine the dedication to jazz that kept it alive in Cuba while it was considered pretty much treasonous.  Here’s one of the men who did that, and has ensured that jazz is as strong an influence in modern Cuba as it is today.

On stage in Toronto, at Lula Lounge, as part of the Lula World festival… we can enjoy the easy showmanship and talent of this great musician.  Sharing the stage, in respect and musical friendship, will be legends of jazz Hilario Duran, and Jane Bunnett.

… Who now finally in Cuba, gets his recognition as a leading light of Cuban music and a great artist:

From Radio Angulo / editorweb@radioangulo.icrt.cu / Saturday, 16 February 2013 12:58

The singer, songwriter and instrumentalist Bobby Carcasses recieved today the 2012 Cuban National Music Award.

A jury chaired by Digna Guerra, director of the National Choir of Cuba, and integrated by the musicologist Maria Teresa Linares, and teachers Luis Carbonell, Adalberto Alvarez and Pancho Amat (they all deserved this award in previous years), selected Carcasses by all of his work.

Bobby Carcasses, a leading exponent of the Cuban jazz, has become known for the variety of roles he can play over the stage, with his trusty trumpet and vocal work, for what many qualify him as a ” showman”.

His work has not been limited only to music, but has expanded into areas such as teaching, painting and poetry.

Carcasses, who was born in Jamaica, is founder of one of the most important events of latin jazz in the world: the Jazz Plaza Festival, which he founded along with other important Cuban musical figures.

His most famous titles are: “El amor llegara con el tiempo,” “Como pompas de jabon,” “Son de Cuba a Puerto Rico,” and “Guanguanco Blues.”

His discography has nearly ten albums in collaboration with Emiliano Salvador, Enrique Jorrin, Mario Bauza, Chucho Valdes and his son Roberto Julio (well-known from being the leader of modern fusion group Interactivo).