Michel Camilo

George Benson

Mon, 15 July - hours 21:00
Arena Santa Giuliana
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ore 19,00: Apertura Arena Santa Giuliana / Restaurant & Snack Bar
ore 19,30: Restaurant Stage, Koku Gonza

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Michel Camilo

Michel Camilo, in other words the most spectacular explosion, fruit of a sparkling virtuosity, but also a romantic Latin vein. The Dominican pianist has long been one of the stars of Central American music and in his country he is a kind of legend. At the base of everything is absolute mastery of the instrument, at the service, however, of a natural musicality. Michel draws on many sources, from jazz to classical music (studies and diploma at the Conservatory of Santo Domingo, member at the age of 16 of the national symphony orchestra of the Dominican Republic), from the enormous popular heritage to the rhythms of the Caribbean. Enamoured of jazz, he moved to New York, where he was hired first by Tito Puente for his orchestra, then by Paquito D’Rivera, to debut in 1985 at the Carnegie Hall and to release his first album as leader. Thus began a career in constant ascent, during which Camilo crossed the path of the most important jazz stars, from Dizzy Gillespie to Chick Corea, from George Benson to Herbie Hancock, from Michael Brecker to Wynton Marsalis. Of course, the Dominican pianist has played many times at Umbria Jazz, performing solo, with his trio and in intriguing duos, for example, with Japanese pianist, Hiromi, with Cuban pianist, Chucho Valdes, and with the Spanish flamenco guitarist,Tomatito. His album, Spain, recorded with Tomatito, earned him a Grammy. Camilo is also a talented composer, especially of soundtracks for Spanish-language films, of works for symphony orchestras, often commissioned by important institutions, and is also involved in teaching and promoting music for its cultural and social value.
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George Benson

One of the greatest jazz guitarists ever, R&B singer, crooner, songwriter in soul vein, pop star: George Benson is an artist with a multifaceted talent. You just need to look at the different categories in which he has won his ten Grammys (with twenty-five nominations) to understand that few like him have been able to make a virtuous and artistically relevant synthesis among the various souls of Black Music. A performer of great commercial success (with many gold and platinum records to his credit), Benson has always been careful not to derogate from the canons of quality and taste that have made him one of the most respected personalities of international show business. Among his many awards, it should be remembered that in 2009 Benson was awarded the National Endowment of the Arts as “Jazz Master”, the highest honour of the United States in the field of jazz. Benson's beginnings were as a guitarist, follower of the tradition that went from Charlie Christian to Wes Montgomery. At this stage he was often heard in small bands with organists like Jack McDuff and Lonnie Smith and then with jazz stars like Freddie Hubbard. Miles Davis wanted him in the studio to record Paraphernalia, a track in Miles in the Sky. In the mid-seventies, with his transition to Warner, a new career as a vocalist began but without ever abandoning the six strings. In this capacity George Benson has reached the peak of popularity, often associating his name with that of other stars such as Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones, Chet Atkins, Al Jarreau. His 2007 tour with the  unforgettable voice funambulist, Jarreau,  to promote their album Givin' it up, included a date at Umbria Jazz.