New Album Best Foot Forward:
Omar Puente takes sizeably progressive steps on his latest eclectic longplayer, Best Foot Forward,an album dedicated to the memory of his late wife, Debbie Purdy, who continues to inspire and influence
his work. Puente spoke with Kevin Le
Gendre about spanning the distance between populism and abstraction while
maintaining his identity amid a collision of global cultures - Jazzwise ★★★★
On 12th July, we return to the Pizza Express Jazz Club for an evening of jazz.
We will be presenting songs from my new album Best Foot Forward.
Get tickets below:
‘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
‘An impressive solo debut, ambitious in scope and featuring some great playing from a star studded line up.’ – The Jazz Man ★★★★
‘It's a fiery and exuberant set, touching on Africa, Cuba and England as it progresses.’ – All About Jazz
"Play Violin the Cuban Way"
published by Jazzwise.
"I think this book can open the joy of Cuban
violin playing to many violinists of different backgrounds from all around the world.
Omar and Alex Wilson have produced a landmark book here; to my knowledge there is no other book remotely like this which opens up the world of Cuban violin playing, and
are no better qualified people to have done this." - Nigel Kennedy
Omar will be
Violinist Omar Puente’s forthcoming album ‘Best Foot Forward’
released in September 2016 represents the second stage of an international musical journey, and continues where the debut release ‘From There to Here’ left off.
This second instalment continues to draw upon musical influences from around the globe and reflects a career living and working with musicians from around the world. Rooted in Omar’s Afro
Cuban heritage, the project fuses musical experiences from Brazil, Africa, the Caribbean and Europe, with a deep understanding of Jazz. This rich mix produces an album of complex and
infectious rhythms and original melodies, performed by a multinational sextet, and an unusual combination of violin, trombone and extended rhythm section. In performance, this produces
an irresistible urge to join in and dance.
Omar will be touring with the sextet in Autumn 2016 to promote the new CD. This tour will hopefully be part funded by the Arts Council England.
To book Omar's band please contact Peter
Conway:firstname.lastname@example.org / 020 8378 1012
For all booking enquiries please contact Peter Conway Management on:
Tel: +44 (0)208 378 1012
Projects let the freedom ring With Denys Baptiste Berlin Jazz Festival Oct 2014.
Collaboration with London Comunity Gospel Choir La Linea April 2014.
May 4th With Alex Wilson, Trio Latino
at Cheltenham Jazz Festival,
Collaboration with Royal Opera House Royal National Ballet – Carlos Acosta July 2014.
Bradford Festival June 2014.
April 24th Omar Puente Sextet Pizza Express, Soho
une 8th With Alex Wilson, Trio Latino at Kings Place, London
July 6th Omar Puente Sextet, Music in The Gardens,
Botanical Gardens, Sheffield
July 28th with Al MacSween, Hull Jazz Festival
Canary Wharf Jazz Festival - details to follow
December 2012: Havana International Jazz Festival
December 2013: Havana International Jazz Festival
Omar Puente Sextet Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club, London July 8
Omar Puente's Raices Cubanas Afro Latin Big Band - launch @ Aldeburgh August 2013 - watch this space
September 12- 22nd Omar Puente Sextet - Ukraine Tour - details
April 10th Omar Puente quartet Watermill Jazz Friends Life Social Club