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Homage To Monk & Santamaria With Chembo Corniel / Jan 31- Feb 1/ Jazz Cafe




(Detroit) Jazz Cafe welcomes back the Grammy Nominated Latin Percussionist, Chembo Corniel for two hot and spicy nights that pay homage to two very important pioneers who helped shape the music of their respective genres: Thelonius Monk and Mongo Santamaria on, Friday, January 31 and Saturday, February 01, 2014 in the cozy confines of the Jazz Cafe-  at 8pm & 10pm


Chembo brings a phenomenal ensemble featuring current masters of Afro Cuban: Ivan Renta: tenor & soprano sax, Elio Villafranca: piano, Carlo De Rosa: acoustic bass, and Vince Cherico: drums.


Born in Manhattan and Raised in Brooklyn, NY, Corniel learned his percussive craft from master drummers Tommy López, Patato, Little Ray Romero, and Cachete Maldonado. After a long stint in the 1980s with Bobby Rodriguez & La Compañia, Corniel performed with virtually everyone, including Tito Puente, Machito, Hilton Ruiz, Willie Colón, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Chucho Valdes, Grady Tate, Buddy Montgomery, Jane Bunnett, Angela Bofill, Dave Valentin and Larry Harlow.


Chembo honed his skills at The Harbor Conservatory for the Performing Arts in New York, and also the prestigious La Escuela Nacional de Arte in Havana Cuba under the direction of the legendary Chucho Valdes. Corniel currently teaches percussion at SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music


Corniel blends the rich textures and kinetic energy of Latin Jazz with rich Afro-Caribbean traditions to create a breathtaking hybrid of Jazz, Latin and Caribbean flavors that still touch on Post Bop and even funk.

Last seen at Jazz Café in 201, after  garnering a 2010 Grammy Nomination for Best Latin Jazz Album, "Things I Wanted To Do", Chembo is also a first call percussionist for many front line band leaders in many genres throughout the Jazz idiom.


His other credits include an appearance on The Bill Cosby Show, and a recurring soundtrack gig for the hugely popular Nickelodeon children's show, Dora The Explorer.

Corniel formed hi own Latin Hybrid band, "Grupo Chaworo" and also started his record company "Chemboro Records, Inc." in 2004.




Jazz Café @

Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts

350 Madison Avenue

Detroit, MI   48226

T: (313) 887-8532 F: (313) 962-0243