Play for Cuba presents: The NJE, Omar Puente + Ahmed Dickinson + special guests – Sun 27 Jan 2019, London

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Sunday, 27 January 2019, 7:30pm – 11pm

Venue: Vortex Jazz Club, 11 Gillett Square, London, N16 8AZ

Tickets: £20 or £15 with a donated instrument

There is a special solidarity price of £15 for those who want to support Play for Cuba and bring a musical instrument for donation on the evening – the instruments will be collected at the event and stored until being sent to Cuba in April 2019. When you buy your ticket please let us know what instrument you are bringing.

BUY TICKETS ONLINE HERE from Cuba Solidarity or call 020 7490 5715 weekdays 9.30-5.30.

Or buy tickets via the venue here

This is a benefit evening for the Play for Cuba Appeal www.playforcuba.org raising funds and collecting musical instruments to fill a shipping container to send to Cuba for young musicians across the island.

The NJE (Near Jazz Experience) are made up of multi-instrumentalist Terry Edwards, bassistMark Bedford and drummer Simon Charterton. The three have an amazing and eclectic musical history but are best known for their work as members of Madness and the Higsons. The mainstay of the NJE sound are Edwards’ double-sax technique – playing alto & tenor simultaneously, Charterton’s polyrhythmic funk patterns and Bedford’s fluid but grounding basslines.

Imagine Cross Can’s rhythm section with Roland Kirk, Motown and the Third Stream and you’ll get somewhere near where The NJE are coming from. http://thenje.co.uk/

“The NJE are first class musicians delivering first class music. What’s not to love?”  – Jazz In Europe

Omar Puente is a world class Cuban jazz violinist. Having successfully released two albums, Omar has garnered the respect of the modern thriving Jazz community and has developed a truly unique sound.omarpuente.com

“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

Ahmed Dickinson Cardenas Described as “a true pioneer” (Classic FM Magazine), award winning London-based Cuban guitarist, Ahmed Dickinson Cardenas, is one of the finest performers of the Cuban classical guitar school.ahmeddickinson.com/

Special guests will also include Kevin Courtney, Joint General Secretary, NEU.

Play for Cuba was launched by the National Education Union, the Cuba Solidarity Campaign and the charity the Music Fund for Cuba in 2018. It is an exciting new project to ship a container of musical instruments to young musicians in Cuba in 2019.