jazzahead! Gala Concert “GOES MAMBO”
jazzahead! goes mambo – Dutch trumpet star Maite Hontelé and the internationally renowned Dutch youth jazz orchestra NJJO (Nationaal Jeugd Jazz Orkest) – and more guests still to be announced – are booked for the Gala Concert, which will take place on Saturday, 13 April 2024 at 8 pm in the Hansesaal of Congress Centrum Bremen. Cuban mambo will take centre stage at the concert.
Maite Hontelé (b.1980), one of the most sought-after jazz musicians of her generation, lived in Colombia between 2009 and 2018, but is now back in her native Netherlands. She is also no stranger to Bremen: In 2016, she performed a highly acclaimed showcase concert at jazzahead! as part of the “Overseas Night” for Colombia. She has toured with her Colombian band several times all around the world. Her album “Déjame Asi” with singer Oscar D’Léon (“The Pharaoh of Salsa”) was nominated for a Latin Grammy Award, as was her 2019 album “Cuba Linda”.
I am very happy and honored with the invitation to play at jazzahead!’s gala!Maite Hontelé
This time the NJJO (National Youth Jazz Orchestra) is a collection of the top Dutch Jazz and Latin talent: „We play our vision of the Mambo: an ideal fusion of styles and therefore both a pleasure for the ear and the guarantee for a very danceable, cheerful evening.”
Maite Hontelé and the NJJO will bring two special guests with them to the Gala Concert: the Surinam/Dutch jazz flutist and composer (and ethnomusicologist) Ronald Snijders (winner of the prestigious Boy Edgar Prize 2022) and the renowned pianist Ramón Valle, who is originally from Cuba and who made the Netherlands his home in 1999.
Credits NJJO photo: Jessie Kamp