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Fernando Otero Quintet Wed., Nov. 17th / Juan-Carlos Formell & Johnny’s Dream Club Thurs. Nov 18th at Zinc Bar

November 16, 2010

To:  Listings/Critics/Features
From: Jazz Promo Services
Press Contact: Jim Eigo,



“New  Dimensions in Latin Jazz”
at Zinc Bar

Wed Nov 17th: Fernando Otero Quintet Thurs
Nov 18th:  Juan-Carlos  Formell & Johnny’s Dream Club

Zinc Bar
82 West 3rd Street
New York, NY 10012
(212) 477-9462

The Sauter Piano Company begins a nationwide piano partnership  with significant venues of jazz, classical and alternative music
with  their presentation of Sauter Omega, 220 Firebird to Zinc Bar,  a small but prestigious jazz club in Greenwich Village
that until now  has not had an acoustic piano. In conjunction with the installation of the  piano, Sauter will sponsor the renowned
performance series “New  Dimensions in Latin Jazz” at Zinc Bar from November 2nd through  December 2nd 2010.

"This is a dream come true,
" said Zinc  Bar’s owner, Alex Kay. "Zinc Bar has given opportunities to scores of  exceptional artists who needed
a place to develop their  music,   but without a good piano, they couldn’t go the whole distance that  their talent demanded. Sauter Pianos
is providing the essential element  they deserve as  performers, and to lift Zinc Bar to the level that it  deserves as a venue,  so it can continue
to connect with the  sophisticated audience in New York that wants to grow with new artists and  new ideas. The impact of this is going to be
life-changing for so many  people."

“New Dimensions in Latin Jazz” opens with pianist  Emilio Solla’s Tango Jazz Conspiracy on Tuesday November 2nd. The month  long
series, occurring  every Tuesday. Wednesday and Thursday,  features 2010 Latin Grammy nominee Fernando Otero (best classical  album),
 as well as ensembles led by Grammy-nominees Cuban  drummer Dafnis Prieto and Cuban guitarist/vocalist Juan-Carlos  Formell.
The series will also present groups led by pianists  Dario  Boente, Elio Villafranca, Emilio Solla, Manuel Valera,  Osmany Paredes and Robert Rodriguez,  as well as bassist  Pedro Giraudo’s sextet.

 Peter Becker of Noble Art  Pianos, representing Sauter Center – East calls the series “One of the  most exciting movements in contemporary music —
a musical renaissance  being created by a new generation of Latin American composer/bandleaders  living in New York who are re-defining the
parameters of contemporary  jazz . So many of these artists’ works are informed by a rigorous classical  training, and that’s part of what makes
 their music many-faceted  and dynamic."

 Another of the venues to benefit from this  extraordinary relationship with Sauter is Barbes —  the ultra  hip Brooklyn club known for its eclectic
 programming will be  receiving an upright Sauter 122 Schulpiano in December. Though Barbes  has a piano, its limitations prevented owner
Oliver Cona
n from  realizing his vision: “I have wanted to present solo piano concerts for a  long time,” Conan says, “but the piano here just wasn’t
of  suitable quality. The Sauter will give me the opportunity to stretch out and  produce some of the concerts I’ve always wanted to do, concerts you  
won’t see anywhere else in the city.”

The Sauter piano  company, based in Spaichingen, in Southern Germany has an impressive lineage  going back to the earliest
days of the pian
o: the company’s founder,  Johann Grimm, worked as an apprentice at the Stein piano company in Vienna,  and while there
helped build two pianos for Beethoven. Grimm founded his  own company in 1819, the company was inherited by his nephew, Carl Sauter,  and
has remained in the ownership of the Sauter family ever since.  Today’s Sauter pianos maintain the original tonal qualities that delighted  Beethoven,
but many also  have a sleek contemporary design crafted  by Peter Maly. Sauter is the favorite piano of classical musicians Eugene  Mursky, 7 time
Grammy-winning gospel artist Andre Crouch and  the celebrated jazz pianist Jose Negroni.

  Sauter Pianos  is actively developing relationships with music venues and organizations  that would benefit from the use of an excellent piano,
and is planning   to participate in a variety of musical presentations in  2011.

  "New Dimensions in Latin Jazz" was founded  in 2007  as an ongoing Monday night performance series at Jazz Standard by Dita  Sullivan, an activist
 for Afro-Caribbean and Latin American popular  culture.  Sullivan recognized the evolving new movement of jazz  composers from Latin America as a
potential musical renaissance in New  York . "Here we had an explosion of music created by the unbelievably  courageous innovations of artists who had
come from all over Latin  America — yet many of them, though they lived in New Yor
k, weren’t  known to the serious jazz venues,"  Sullivan says.
"The mission  of the series was to open doors onto the panorama of  music being  created by a new wave of Latin American jazzistas now based here.
It was  thrilling to give the New York debut to the quartets led by great pianists  like Elio Villafranca and Osmany Paredes, and equally exciting to share  
the entire wave with an audience eager to embrace  it.

"Latin jazz expresses the cultural kinetics of the  Americas. This new Latin jazz isn’t a subset of jazz, it’s the new  manifestation of jazz ˆ a rebirth and at the same time, an authentic  continuation of the true, original jazz which emerged from the cultural  nexus of the Gulf of Mexico. Jazz owes so much to the music and ambience of  New Orleans Creoles: Jelly Roll Morton and so many others of  Afro-Caribbean-French- Spanish descent, from Sidney Bechet to Johnny St Cyr,  Paul Dominguez, Kid Ory and Armand Piron. So in a way, this series brings it  all back home. New York in 2010 has a lot in common with New Orleans in  1910."

Wed Nov  17th: Fernando Otero Quintet
Thurs Nov 18th: Juan-Carlos  Formell  & Johnny’s Dream Club
Tues Nov 23rd & 30th: Pedro Giraudo   Sextet
Wed Nov 24th & Thurs Nov 25th: Osmany Paredes  Quartet
Wed  Dec 1st: Dario Boente & Proyecto Sur
Thurs Dec  2nd: The Rodriguez Brothers CD Release of "Mood Swings"

Press  Contact
: Jim Eigo  Jazz Promo Services T: 845-986-1677 E-Mail:  jazzpromo@earthlink.ne


For  information about Sauter Pianos;
For information about  the artists: http://www.myspace.com/newdimensionsinlatinjazz
and http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=54491691766  

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