Classically Cuban Concert | Together: In Memory of Carlos Averhoff, Sr.

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, Wertheim Performing Arts Center

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The Cuban Research Institute is pleased to announce the 13th installment of its annual concert series. This year's concert will be dedicated to Afro-Cuban and Latin jazz, in memory of the renowned Cuban saxophonist and former FIU music professor, Carlos Averhoff, Sr. The event will be led by his son, Carlos Averhoff, Jr., and feature well-known jazz musicians who will pay a tribute to Averhoff, Sr. Confirmed artists include saxophonists Paquito D'Rivera, Gary Campbell, and Aldo Salvent, and other guests.

Carlos Averhoff, Sr., was a Cuban jazz musician primarily known for playing tenor saxophone. Born in Matanzas, Cuba, he graduated from Havana's Conservatorio Amadeo Roldán with a major in classical saxophone. In 1973 he was a founding member of the world renowned Cuban jazz group Irakere, along with Paquito D'Rivera, Arturo Sandoval, and Chucho Valdés. He received the 1979 Grammy Award for best Latin recording, as well as receiving two subsequent Grammy nominations. He was a Professor of Music at Florida International University until his death in 2016.

Carlos Averhoff, Jr., is a Latin Grammy-nominated Cuban tenor saxophonist, contemporary Afro-Cuban jazz composer, and educator. Born in Havana, Cuba, he was classically trained in Cuba's top music schools Manuel Saumel Conservatory of Music, Amadeo Roldán School of Music, and Higher Institute of Art. He continued his education in the United States, earning Suma Cum Laude Honors at Berklee College of Music and a master's degree with honors from the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music.

More details about the contents of the program and purchasing tickets will be published soon.