Latin Vocal Explosion at the North Sea Jazz Festival

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Yma America

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itoggle caption Courtesy of Lucas van Merwijk

Musicians

Aaron Neville, lead vocals

Art, Cyrille and Ivan Neville, background vocals, keyboards, percussion

Charles Neville, saxophone

Ian Neville, guitar

Makuni Fukuda, Nick Daniels and Willie Green, rhythm section.

The Cubop City Big Band

Leader: Lucas van Merwijk

Vocals: Lilian Vieira, Yma America, Izaline Calister, Miguel Montenegro

Saxophones: GJ Birkhorst, Milan Bongers, Rolf Delfos, Cyrille Oswald, Wouter Schueler

Trumpets: Charlie Biggs, Wim Both, Ruud Breuls, Joe Rivera

Trombones: Jan Oosting, Ilja Reijngould, David Rothschild, Martin van den Berg

Piano: Mark Bischoff

Bass: Mick Paauwe

Drums, Timbales: Lucas van Merwijk

Bongos: Gerardo Rosales

Congas: Nils Fischer

Set List

  • "Pulo Pulo" (comp. Jorge Ben of Brazil, arr. Mark Bischoff of Cubop City)"Mulata Rumbera!" (comp. Alejandro Rodriguez of Cuba, arr. Edy Martinez of Colombia) - vocals by Yma America and Miguel Montenegro from Panama"M'a Yeg'Atrobe" ("Here I Am Again") (comp. Rudy Plaate, arr. Randal Corsen of Curacao)"Menino dal Laranjas" (Theo de Barros)"Alma Llanera" (comp. Pedro Elias Gutierrez, arr. O. Reyes)"Wow'I Karino" (comp. Corsen/Calister, arr. Corsen)"La Cartera" (Arsenio Rodriguez)

At the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam, in clearly spoken English, the Dutch emcee cries "Yes, yes! Let me hear you make some noise!"

The crowd cheers for the Neville Brothers from New Orleans. Thousands of miles apart, Rotterdam and New Orleans both lie below sea level. The broken levees in New Orleans led to a disaster that Dutch people have imagined. They're here to offer support, and the Neville Brothers respond with "Iko Iko" and "Besame Mucho" con clave, "Amazing Grace" and "One Love" by Bob Marley. "Yes, yes!" The emcee is back. "Love and respect for the Neville Brothers, thank you very much, but you know time is a precious thing..." and we're off to the next stage.

Dutch percussionist and visionary Lucas van Merwijk, who founded the awesome 19-piece Cubop City Big Band, welcomes three powerful guest singers from Brazil, Venezuela and Curacao for the Latin Vocal Explosion.

Born in 1966 in Rio and now living in Amsterdam, Lilian Vieira brings "a gorgeous voice" and "immersion in Brazilian song and rhythm" (BBC Radio 3). Yma America from Venezuela, now living in Germany, is "a new Celia Cruz" (allaboutjazz.com). And Izaline Calister from Curacao sings in her native language, Papiamentu, and mixes Afro-Antilles music with jazz. Izaline often performs barefoot; you can hear her charisma.

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