A las Millas – 2014

Elio Villafranca


The Cuban jazz pianist performs one of his more thoughtful pieces

Elio Villafranca is one in a long line of brilliant jazz pianists who has emerged from Cuba during the past 40 years.

Villafranca was classically trained not only as a pianist but as a percussionist and composer, before moving to the United States in 1995.

He has since worked with a wide variety of top jazz artists including Paquito Dā€™ Rivera, Pat Martino, David Murray, Miguel Zenon, Wynton Marsalis, Terell Stafford, and Eric Alexander, and has often led his group, the Jass Syncopators which, despite its 1920s-type name, plays modern hard bop and his originals.

From around 2014, Elio Villafranca is seen playing his original ā€œA las Millas,ā€ a thoughtful jazz piece with a haunting theme that inspires some creative ideas that are also quite melodic.

-Scott Yanow

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