January 30, 2019

I am thrilled to be returning to Bar Next Door/La Lanterna with my good friends Alex Apolo Ayala (bass) and Willie Martínez (drums/vocals) playing some of my Latin jazz compositions from the last 25 years as well as new material from the new album! 2 sets at 8:30 and 10:30PM, $12 cover charge. Click on the TOUR page for more info. I hope to see you there!

¡Que chévere es mi regreso al Bar Next Door/La Lanterna con mis queridos amigos Alex Apolo Ayala (contrabajo) y Willie Martínez (batería/voz) tocando algunos de mis temas de jazz latino de los últimos 25 años y algunos nuevos del próximo disco! Dos tandas a las 8:30 y 10:30 PM con una entrada de $12. Cliquea la página TOUR para más información. ¡Espero verles allí!

Trio La Cumbancha (Carro, Chang, Lapidus) @ Pangea Jan. 5, 2018

A Century of Cuban Music in NYC with Trio La Cumbancha
Playing Cuban son, guaracha, boleros, and more

In Cuba, the word cumbancha means “party” and Trio La Cumbancha brings together three of New York City’s most exciting instrumentalists and singers dedicated to performing the entire range of the Cuban songbook. Manuel Alejandro Carro (Camagüey, Cuba), Julian Chang (La Habana, Cuba), and Benjamin Lapidus (NYC) have performed throughout the world in a number of renowned groups, recordings, and concerts since the 1990s. For this show, the group will perform well known songs by Miguel Matamoros, Ignacio Piñeiro, and other composers who’s music is still relevant and exciting today.

Andy González “Entre Colegas” Grammy Nomination

I am thrilled for my brother, Andy González whose CD, “Entre Colegas” was just nominated for a Grammy award in the category of Best Latin Jazz Album. I am honored to have written the liner notes, one composition, and to have performed on half of the record. Fingers crossed for Andy! Here is a nice review of the CD in The NY Times.
And Latin Jazz Net. As well as some great videos of the sessions, here and here. Lastly, here’s a great clip from our concert at Jazz at Lincoln Center back in September 2016.

Candido Camero Concert and Latin Jazz USA

I am very excited and honored to participate with Bobby Sanabria, Xiomara Laugart, Amaury Acosta, David Oquendo, and many other musicians in a tribute concert to Candido Camero on November 18 at Aaron Davis Hall. I am also humbled to receive a lifetime achievement award from Latin Jazz USA. Please follow this link for tickets to what will no doubt be a memorable and historic evening.