Tybee Island, Ga. – May 4, 2016 – The Tybee Post Theater presents Violinist Eddie Venegas with the Low Country Jazz Collective for an evening of Latin Jazz on June 2 at 8:00 p.m.
Venezuelan-born Eddie Venegas began studying the violin as a child and later moved to New York City to attend the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College where he received his Bachelors and Masters in Performance in Classical Violin. He is also a composer and self-taught trombonist.
A versatile performer, Venegas has worked with several renowned Jazz, Latin, and Classical ensembles and is taking a break from touring with Grammy award winning salsa singer Mark Anthony where he’s been lighting up the stage with fiery violin solos. Venegas is also the co-founder of Sweet Plantain Quartet, which performs his original compositions and arrangements.
For his Tybee Post Theater performance, Venegas will put on an original show covering the history of Latin violin from Charanga style to modern Latin Jazz.
Charanga is a style of music that came from Cuba that uses strings with Latin music.
“Back in the days that Cuba was open they had elaborate shows where they would have big orchestras combined with Afro-Cuban music and out of this came Charanga music, which is a smaller version of that,” Venegas explains.
Charanga music saw the height of its popularity in the 60’s and 70’s, but is seeing resurgence in New York City dance clubs.
“I paid for college in New York City playing Charanga gigs,” says Venegas. “I had the privilege to play with these bands during college and learn the Latin styles with violin. Combined with the classical music I was studying at the time, and jazz classes I was taking at the time, those are the sources of what I play today--a mix of Latin Charanga style from the 70’s, jazz, and classical music, which is always a part of it.”
Venegas will be teaming up with local ensemble The Low Country Jazz Collective whose talented members include Eric Jones on Piano, Dave Masteller on bass, Gino Castillo on percussion, and Ricardo A. Ochoa on violin.
Veregas and Ochoa studied violin together in Venezuela under the same teacher and attended college together in New York. They have played plenty of Classical music together in the past, but this will be their first Latin Jazz collaboration.
“This will be the first time we’ve joined forces for something like this which is awesome!” says Venegas.
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