Date: Thursday, Jul 17th, 2014

Time: 7:30 pm


Location: Stuart’s Opera House

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Conjunto Chappottín is one of Cuba’s top son groups. The founding of the band dates back to the 1940s to its founder Arsenio Rodriguez, one the country’s most renowned band leaders with major influences on the Latin jazz and Salsa music of the next decades. With his Conjunto he was the first to add reed and brass instruments to a Latin band at that time. When Arsenio left Cuba in 1950 to undergo an ophthalmological treatment in New York, he handed the musical direction over to his first trumpet player, Felix Chappottín. The band was renamed Felix Chappottín y su Conjunto Todos Estrellas. Felix Chappottín directed the band successfully until the year of his death in 1983. From 1983 until the 1990s his son Angel Chappottín Valdes was musical director and since then the grandson of Felix Chappottín, Jesus Angel Chappottín Coto has directed the Conjunto Chappottín together Miguelito Cuni Jr., singer/percussionist. Miguelito Cuni is the son of the former lead singer, Miguel Cuni. Since 1983 the band has been known as Conjunto Chappottín y Sus Estrellas. Conjunto Chappottín y Sus Estrellas is one of the most renowned son bands in Cuba and has since performed in the major Cuban music halls and in many Latin American, European, and African countries. The band is dedicated to the traditional son with a variety of different stylistic elements such as son-montuno, guajira, guaracha, mambo, danzon, danzonette, charanga, afro-son, b be, rumba (made up of yambu, columbia guaguanco), and cha cha cha. With the additional horn group Arsenio Rodriguez changed the traditional setting of a son band and under the direction of his successor, Felix Chappottín, who was often compared with Louis Armstrong, the band gained international reputation.


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