PERFORMANCE/TOUR: A Diplomat in 2 Worlds of Jazz Jerry Gonzalez and the Fort Apache Band at the Blue Note
Categories: All About Jazz
Latin jazz at its best enacts a kind of diplomacy, a dialogue between two separate but related parties. The trumpeter and conguero Jerry Gonzalez has long been an emissary in the field, equally fluent in hard bop and the music of the Afro-Caribbean diasporas, and given to reconciling the two.
In recent years he has worked extensively with flamenco musicians, as a byproduct of his nearly decade-long residency in Madrid. But his signature group remains the Fort Apache Band, which he formed in the Bronx with his brother, the bassist Andy Gonzalez, more than 30 years ago…