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Craig Russo Latin Jazz feat. Doug Little

October 13, 2017 @ 9:00 pm - 11:55 pm

| $10

​The best of both worlds when Latin meets jazz! The Craig Russo Latin Jazz Project is a fresh mix of outstanding jazz soloists, rich, Afro-Cuban inspired rhythms, and unique arrangements of jazz standards.Their most recent CD “Mambo Influenciado” reached up to #16 on the national jazz radio charts and was chosen CD of the month of KUVO Denver, one of the nation’s top jazz/NPR stations. It’s the group’s first ever show in The Twin Cities. The group will feature Minneapolis jazz and Latin music mainstay Douglas Little.

The group is led by drumset artist and percussionist Craig Russo, who  has a special interest in Afro-Cuban music styles. Craig has traveled to Cuba extensively to study at the prestigious National School of Arts in Havana. He toured Cuba in 2015 with Doug Little’s Minneapolis-based Charanga Tropical Cuban music group, the first American group ever invited to perform at the Cuba’s prestigious, International Festival of Danzon.

A percussionist and drum set artist across a range of styles, Craig is most recognized for his outstanding ensemble The Craig Russo Latin Jazz Project. The group has played venues such as Chicago’s Jazz Showcase, St. Louis’ Jazz at the Bistro, and The St. Louis Jazz and Heritage Festival. The group has released four CDs including “Soul Eyes” which featured Charanga Tropical musical director Doug Little, and “Mambo Influenciado” which received extensive radio play throughout the country. “Mambo Influenciado” spent weeks in the top 20 on U.S. Jazz Radio charts with active rotation on over 80 radio stations. Though based out of Southern Illinois, Craig has performed with Charanga Tropical in Chicago and Minneapolis.

Doug Little is a saxophonist, flautist and composer whose distinctive sound blends soulful American jazz and contemporary Cuban rhythms. A leading figure on the Twin Cities music scene, Little has recorded multiple CDs and performed throughout the United States and Europe. His talents have won him awards and acclaim including grants to study music in Cuba, an artist residency in Paris, and the prestigious McKnight Artist Fellowship.

He currently leads several bands including Charanga Tropical, Seven Steps To Havana, Tres Mundos, and the Doug Little Quartet. Since 1996 he has served as director of the summer music education program, The Twin Cities Jazz Workshop.


October 13, 2017
9:00 pm - 11:55 pm

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