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Jazz Acts Spice Up the SF College Spring Arts Festival on Saturday, April 11, 2015

Two jazz acts—the David Jones Jazztet and Cuban pianist Chuchito Valdés—will spice up the Santa Fe College Spring Arts Festival from 5-9 p.m. Saturday, April 11, 2015, in downtown Gainesville' historic district. Both performances will take place on the festival' Main Stage, which has been moved this year to the grounds of the Thomas Center, 302 NE Sixth Avenue, Gainesville.

From 5-7 p.m., the six-piece David Jones Jazztet will perform a combination of swing, trad (Dixieland and ragtime), and jazz standards. The Jazztet features David (Davey) Jones (trumpet), Allan Vaché (clarinet) and John Orsini (saxophone) in a three-horn front line.

Jones is a full-time professional cornet/ trumpet player for the Grand Floridian Society Orchestra at Disney' Grand Floridian Resort. He has worked as a staff musician at Busch Gardens, Sea World, and Orlando' Church Street Station and is a long-time performer on the trad jazz festival circuit, having played at more than 50 jazz festivals coast to coast and around the world. He is renowned for his decisive lead playing and hot jazz choruses. Vachéis an Arbors Records recording artist and former member of the Jim Cullum Jazz Band, noted for their appearances on Public Radio International's "Riverwalk Jazz" program. Orsini is a member of the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and former Disney staff musician.

From 7-9 p.m., Chuchito Valdés will entertain with his own compositions and music in a variety of Cuban and Latin American styles. He will be accompanied by a drummer and a bass player.

Following in the footsteps of his famed father, Chucho Valdés, and grandfather, Bebo Valdés, Chuchito Valdés continues the legacy of great piano players from Cuba. He has performed at clubs, festivals and concerts throughout the world and recorded with the world-renowned Cuban band, Irakere, which he led for two years. Valdés is recognized as a master of Cuban musical styles including son, danzón, Cuban timba and guaguanco, and his performances draw from a rich background of Afro-Cuban Latin jazz, bebop, cha-cha-cha and more. A student of classical music as well as jazz, his original compositions and arrangements reflect classical harmonic and structural techniques.

Reviewing a performance of Chuchito' in Chicago' art and culture guide, the “Reader,” Neil Tesser (author of “The Playboy Guide to Jazz”) said, “Chuchito Valdés has inherited more than his father' famous name: On a recording he made in Chicago last summer, he displays the hell-bent intensity and daredevil technique of the elder Valdés—qualities recognized worldwide as hallmarks of Cuban jazz.”

The Santa Fe College Spring Arts Festival is presented by the Santa Fe College Development Office and the Santa Fe College Foundation. The Festival is sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture and, a Tourist Development Tax Grant from the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners in conjunction with the Alachua County Tourist Development Council.

For more information, call Cultural Programs Coordinator Kathryn Lehman, 352-395-5355.