In high-demand for concerts around the globe, 7-time Grammy nominated pianist Omar Sosa has performed in the world’s most prominent venues, including Carnegie Hall and the Blue Note in New York City, Milan and Tokyo. Trained at prestigious musical institutions such as the Instituto Superior de Arte in Cuba, Sosa has forged a distinctive musical path by fusing an array of jazz, world music, hip-hop, and electronic elements with his AfroCuban roots, all with a Latin Jazz heart.
Sosa makes his Las Vegas debut at The Smith Center with his Quarteto AfroCubano, in continuing support of his recent CD, “ILE,” featuring Cuban drummer Ernesto Simpson, Cuban saxophonist Leandro Saint-Hill, and Mozambican electric bassist Childo Tomas. Sosa’s performance will include a mix of ballads and sophisticated mid and up-tempo arrangements, showcasing a number of his signature compositions, including “My Three Notes.” Throughout the show, Sosa will present his inimitable blend of Fender Rhodes electric piano and acoustic grand piano.
With an additional new album “Es:sensual” to be released in late 2017, Sosa has garnered several Grammy nominations throughout the release of his more than 20 albums featuring numerous internationally acclaimed artists. In addition to Latin jazz pieces celebrating his Cuban roots, his albums have fused elements of jazz, classical new music, ambient and electronica.
He has received many additional accolades, including a lifetime achievement award from the Smithsonian Associates in Washington, D.C. for his contribution to the development of Latin jazz in the United States.
Growing up in Cuba during Fidel Castro’s rule, Omar Sosa was taught from an early age that American jazz was purely forbidden, as “the music of the enemy.” So naturally, he sought it out. “As soon as you’re told as a kid, ‘Don’t do this,’ the kid’s going to do it,” the now legendary jazz musician and seven-time Grammy nominee recalls with a chuckle. He and his friends discovered jazz during late-night gatherings at aREAD MORE