Dafnis Prieto Big Band

DACAMERA returns to the concert hall with HOUSTON SUMMERJAZZ 2021

Alex Norris, Nathan Eklund, Pasha Karchevsky, Josh Deutsch, trumpets; Roman Filiu, Michael Thomas, alto saxophones; Peter Apfelbaum, Joel Frahm, tenor saxophones; David Leon, baritone saxophone; Tim Albright, Karl Lyden, Altin Sencalar, Jeff Nelson, trombones; Alex Brown, piano; Edward Perez, bass; Roberto Quintero, percussion; Dafnis Prieto, drums & compositions

Read the program notes by Rick Mitchell.

Cuban drummer Dafnis Prieto won the Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz album for his recording with his newest project, the Dafnis Prieto Big Band. Back to the Sunset was called “one of the best recordings of the year” by the editors of DownBeat. Since making his DACAMERA debut and earning a MacArthur “Genius” grant, Prieto has racked up rave reviews, prestigious commissions and multiple Grammy and Latin Grammy nominations.

“As a drummer he’s a propulsive explosion of joy, energy and rhythm. As a composer and arranger, Prieto demonstrates a talent for beautifully layered, complex music that remains dance-worthy…He points clearly toward a future for big band music, as well as Latin jazz.” – DownBeat

“a 17-piece big band … alternately playing with heat and heart” — JazzTimes

The Lancaster — a historic luxury hotel in the Theater District — is the official hotel of DACAMERA Houston SUMMERJAZZ.

DACAMERA’s Houston SUMMERJAZZ is made possible in part by the Texas Commission on the Arts Cultural District Program and a City of Houston Initiative Grant.