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June 30, 2022
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7:30 pm
9:00 pm

Charlie Sepulveda & The Turnaround

Charlies Sepulveda (trumpet)
Gabriel Rodriguez (bass)
Francisco Alcalá (drums)
Richard Trinidad (piano)
Norberto Ortiz (sax)
Natalia Mercado(vocal)
Gadwin Vargas (conga)

Trumpeter Charlie Sepúlveda stands as one of the few truly pivotal figures in Latin Jazz music today. As a student at New York City College, he studied with such masters as William Fielder and Ron Carter, Charlie came up in the fertile artistic New York City music scene of the 1970’s and 1980’s, when Afro Caribbean, Avant-Garde, Jazz and Latin American musicians were influencing and becoming a part of each other’s music. This environment enabled him to tour and record with an array of great artists including Eddie Palmieri, Tito Puente and the Golden Latin Jazz All Stars, Dizzy Gillespie and the United Nation Orchestra, Wynton Marsalis, McCoy Tyner, Hilton Ruiz, Steve Turre, Dave Valentin, Danilo Pérez, Jon Secada, and Paul Simon among others. He is the musical director of a workshop in Trinidad and Tobago as part of the Trinity Pan Jazz Fest and was chosen to be the musical director of the internationally-known Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Rockefeller Foundation in Puerto Rico in 2016. He is the founder and producer of the Luquillo Jazz Fest to be held for the 5th time in late June and is Professor at the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico. With more than a dozen recordings as a band leader, a Latin Grammy for his Big Band recording with Jon Secada, To Benny With Love, four Grammy nominations and a Billboard Award, Charlie Sepúlveda is recognized as one of the premier recording artists in Latin Jazz. In 2017 Sepúlveda joined the roster of HighNote Records in New York where his discography includes Mr. EP, A Tribute to Eddie Palmier celebrating Palmier’s 80th birthday and the contributions made by the legendary musician to Afro-Latino-American-Jazz music, Songs for Nat, an album of original compositions written by Charlie, and his latest, This is Latin Jazz. Recorded live in New York at Dizzy’s Club, This is Latin Jazz features guest artists Randy Brecker, Nestor Torres, Miguel Zenon, Steve Turre and a special appearance by Sepúlveda’s beloved wife, vocalist Natalia Mercado in addition to Sepúlveda’s regular band, The Turnaround.

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