National Arts Centre - Fourth Stage
Caridad Cruz with the Miguel De Armas Latin Jazz Quartet and Cuban friends
Date: Friday September 5, 2014; Time: 7:30 pm
Address: National Arts Centre
53 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON K1P 5W1
Tickets: $25.00 Info/Reservations: National Arts Centre
Caridad Cruz is one of the most exciting performers on the Ottawa scene today. Steeped in Afro-Cuban culture from an early age and with a formal musical education in her native country, she made a career as a principal singer in Cuba’s tourist hotels and night clubs for more than a decade, until marriage brought her to Canada in late 2003. Her Canadian musical debut the following spring was broadcast nationally by the CBC and her “warm ocean of a voice” was applauded in the Globe and Mail. Since then she has excited and mesmerized audiences with her own special mix of salsa, Latin jazz and traditional Cuban songs, in Toronto, Montreal, New York and all around Ottawa. “Havana native Caridad Cruz packs a powerful punch,” pronounced The Ottawa Citizen. “To really appreciate Caridad Cruz's music, you have to see her perform live.” Be prepared at some point in the evening to be out of your seat and up on your feet!
Havana-born keyboard colossus Miguel De Armas also makes Ottawa his adopted home. A founding member of one of the most influential Cuban bands of the late 20th century, Miguel has recorded over fifty albums and collaborated with renowned Cuban artists like Chucho Valdés, Los Van Van, Pablo Milanés and Compay Segundo. Since arriving here in late 2011, Miguel has been rapidly building a Canadian following with numerous musical projects, including his flagship Miguel De Armas Latin Jazz Quartet. The level of talent has to be seen to be believed.
Caridad Cruz with:
MDA Latin Jazz Quartet:
Miguel De Armas – piano
Michel Medrano – drums
Arien Villegas– congas
Marc Decho – bass
Roberto Jerez – violin & vocals
César Ricardo – guitar & vocals