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Omar Puente Sextet

THURSDAY 01 JANUARY - 12:00 AM



SUMMER NIGHTS @ TURNER SIMS

Omar Puente violin
Al MacSween piano
Flavio Correa Bata drums
Hammadi Rencurell drums
Jimmy Martinez bass
Oscar Martinez congas

Internationally renowned for his masterful performances, world class violinist Omar Puente established himself as a true virtuoso in his native Cuba before moving to the UK in 1997, performing all over the world. Throughout his career Omar has supported and shared the stage with a whole host of other stars; Tito Puente, John Williams, Nigel Kennedy, Courtney Pine and Wynton Marsalis to name a few.

Tonight, Omar and his band fill the hall with music from his 2016 release Best Foot Forward, a fusion of rhythms from Cuba, Brazil, Africa, Caribbean, Jazz, modern UK sound and further afield. Join us for some irresistible Latin-infused jazz, rich with energy and colour – the perfect soundtrack to a balmy summer night.

Omar Puente’s contribution to 20th and 21st century violin playing has now become legendary. His generous nature, his commitment to good music, his enjoyment of life and his respect for his colleagues are all characteristics which make him a true violin great. Nigel Kennedy

[This album] marks his graduation to a bandleader, arranger and composer to match the accomplished soloist. Jazzwise ★★★★

It’s a fiery and exuberant set, touching on Africa, Cuba and England as it progresses. Songlines Magazine ★★★★

Running time: 60 minutes approx (no interval)

The house will be open half an hour before the performance. Please arrive in plenty of time to ensure social distancing as we seat the audience. Face coverings are required unless you are medically exempt.

Please select and purchase your drinks order at the same time as your concert ticket. Your drinks will be ready upon your arrival and you can take them to your seats. The bar will not be open for in-person purchases.

CD copies of Best Foot Forward are available for purchase online. Select and purchase your merchandise at the same time as your concert ticket. Your copy will be available to collect at Turner Sims on the night of the concert.

Venues must ask every customer and visitor (aged 16 and over) for their contact details (unless they have ‘checked in’ using the NHS COVID-19 app). If you have downloaded the NHS Covid-19 app, please scan the concert hall’s NHS Test and Trace QR code on arrival. If not, please complete this form for NHS Test and Trace purposes.

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