César López & Habana Ensemble

Saturday September 24

Currently one of the leading exponents of Latin Jazz is done in Cuba, César López took his first steps in music at 10 years of age, and at the age of 13, he won the 1st prize in the Cuban saxophone. He entered the National Art School in 1985 and began, simultaneously, his professional life with the renowned Cuban musician Bobby Carcasés, where he made his first forays into jazz.

In 1988, for their exceptional condition as a musician and instrumentalist, is selected by famed jazz musician Chucho Valdés to integrate the renowned Cuban band Irakere, where he worked as an instrumentalist for 9 years. In this band, the Grammy Award winner, developed a successful international career, appearing at the most prestigious festivals, theaters and clubs in the world, which gave him the opportunity to share the stage with many musical personalities: Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Gladis Knignit, Chik Korea, Branford Marsalis, Winston Marsallis, Michel Camilo, Paquito D’Rivera, Tito Puentes, Arturo Sandoval and Al Pimeola, among others.

Cesar, ranked by critics as the Charlie Parkes Cuban decided in 1997 to form his band “Havana Ensemble, integrated from the beginning by musicians of prestige in Cuban music. Habana Ensemble has, in formulating a series of new elements in the musical and aesthetic, that different from other Cuban groups. The fact that the school had as Irakere, makes these young talents to achieve masters of their instruments, and its forays into Latin jazz virtuoso samples. Habana Ensemble takes within its repertoire of jazz and Cuban popular music (boleros, salsa, etc..) Which fused with a contemporary sound in which the improvisations take a decisive, which makes each of their performances in an authentic and unique work of art.

César López, with his band Habana Ensemble, has continued its trail of national and international successes. In 2006, his CD “Andante” (Bis Music), won the Award for Best Jazz Album in the main event and the recording industry in Cuba, Cubadisco. During the 2008 edition of this important festival, César López & Habana Ensemble were awarded the prize for best instrumental album with his CD “Classics of Cuba”, in recognition of the excellent work performed by these extraordinary musicians over the last decade.

(source: www.saxlopez.com)