Admission: $15 cover and $49 dinner and show package includes cover for Ahmed Mitchell band + dance lesson by Afrolatino + Yani Borrel CD release party at 10pm. To reserve a table for dinner please use open table or call 416 588 0307.
First up, the excellent Ahmed Mitchell at 8 PM.
As part of his Breath of Life Project, Cuban-Canadian drummer Amhed Mitchel launches his debut CD Path to Heaven. Hosted by Mary Ito from CBC’s Fresh Air.
Mitchel’s octet, comprised of some the city’s most stellar jazz and Latin players including Elmer Ferrer, Stan Fomin, Roberto Riveron, Jorge Luis Papiosco, Luis Denis, Pablosky Rosales and Dave Restivo, will be joined by two very special guests – Robi Botos and Cuban trumpet virtuoso, Alexander Brown.
Written in honour and gratitude to his recently deceased father, Amhed composed the pieces over the course of the last year as a way of exploring light.” The beautiful and evocative melodies, complex Cuban rhythms and inspired arrangements highlight the unique voices of each of the ensemble’s players.
A highly-respected player internationally, Mitchel has performed with Chucho Valdez, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Dave Holland, Dianne Reeves and Lionel Loueke.
Hosted by CBC Radio’s Here and Now host Mary Ito.
Followed by Dance Lesson by Afro Latino Dance Company, biggest Cuban style school in Toronto. Reminder: Sat May 18, Afro Latino sponsors an open night club dance party with DJs, 1 floor dedicated to Cuban dance music.
Then at 10:30 PM Yani Borrell CD release:
One of Toronto’s best-loved salsa singers, Yani launches his first CD. His debut (self-titled) solo release is destined to become a classic for salsa dancers, both locally and internationally.
Recorded in Colombia and produced and arranged by Toronto’s Roberto Linares Brown, the album has unique harmonic qualities that show off Yani’s distinctive vocals. Fans of artists such as Victor Manuelle, Gilberto Santa Rosa or Marc Anthony will love this accessible and irresistable new recording.
Yani developed his unique vocal style and dynamic stage presence with well-known Cuban show bands including the internationally-acclaimed orchestra, Valentin Y Los Del Caribe. In Toronto, he leads his own project The Clave Kings and performs regularly with the popular Café Cubano, Cojunto Lacalu and the Roberto Linares Brown Orchestra.