Mi Alma Latina with Nestor Torres and Gino Castillo on March 14, 2020

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Latin Grammy Award Winning Jazz Flautist Nestor Torres and Master Percussionist Gino Castillo will join the Charleston Jazz Orchestra for Latin Night – Mi Alma Latina on March 14, 2020

CHARLESTON, SC – Back by popular demand and as proclaimed by Jelly Roll Morton’s maxim “You’ve got to have that Spanish tinge,” Latin Night returns to Season 12! Latin Grammy award winning jazz flautist Nestor Torres will join your Charleston Jazz Orchestrafor an evening comprised of the lively rhythms and spicy spirit of Latin America. With his Caribbean heritage and Classical training, Nestor Torres provides a unique rhythmic and melodic approach to Jazz, one that explores diverse national traditions and bridges musical borders, embodying the essence of MI ALMA LATINA: My Latin Soul!

Charleston’s resident Afro-Cuban Jazz and Salsa musician – Gino Castillo – will be joining the Charleston Jazz Orchestra and Nestor Torres for this performance.

Tickets are on sale now at www.charlestonjazz.com or call the Charleston Jazz box office at 843-641-0011. Ticket prices range from $25 – $62. Senior rates for 65 and older. $10 for students and children. No additional ticket fees. Save 5% off individual ticket prices with a Trio Pass. For groups (10+) please call 843.641.0011 for group rate.

“The charts Nestor Torres sent are complex, beautiful, and burning! We are excited to start digging into them, and getting to work with Nestor!”
-Robert Lewis, CJO Music Director

About Nestor Torres:
Latin Grammy Award winning Nestor Torres’ rhythmic and mellifluous flute sound remains apart in a class all by itself. The Latin jazz all-star has recorded14 solo albums, received 4 Latin Grammy nominations, one Grammy nomination and has received one Latin Grammy Award. Nestor has collaborated with diverse artists such as Gloria Estefan, Kenny Loggins, Dave Matthews, Herbie Hancock, Tito Puente, Michael Camilo, Paquito D’Rivera and Arturo Sandoval among many others. Born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, Nestor studied flute at the Berklee College of Music and the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. He learned to improvise with “Charanga” Cuban Dance music which helped shape his unique melodic and danceable style.

About Gino Castillo:
From Quito, Ecuador, Gino Castillo has made a name for himself as the leader of Afro-Cuban Jazz and Salsa in Charleston. He has an honorary degree in percussion teaching from the George Gershwin Conservatory. He studied percussion at the Caturla Conservatory, Felix Varela Conservatory and private lessons, including sessions with Oscarito Valdes (Cuba). Since then, his musical talent has been heard in many albums and live shows, collaborating with many international artists, such as: Earl Klugh, Al Turner, Michael Mossman, Quentin Baxter, Etienne Charles, Horacio el Negro Hernandez, and more!

About the Charleston Jazz Orchestra:
Under the direction of Robert Lewis, the Charleston Jazz Orchestra has been performing for audiences in the Lowcountry for over 11 years. The CJO is comprised of 18 accomplished jazz musicians and is an entertaining and educational example of the rich history of jazz in Charleston. The Charleston Jazz Orchestra offers a six concert subscription series known for its unique, enthusiastically received performances that contribute mightily to the ever-evolving Lowcountry arts scene.

About Charleston Jazz:
Charleston Jazz is a non-profit organization whose mission is to grow a local and global community for jazz through performance, education and outreach while celebrating and preserving Charleston’s rich history in jazz. Established in 2008 as Jazz Artists of Charleston, the organization has earned a reputation for presenting, producing, and advocating for all things jazz and the artists who bring this music to life in dynamic ways. The organization manages the Charleston Jazz Orchestra, the Charleston Jazz Festival, and the Charleston Jazz Academy.


Correlated Programs:

LATIN JAZZ 101 Jazz Conversation + Mini-Concert

Charleston Jazz and the College of Charleston are excited to present LATIN JAZZ 101 with Nestor Torres, special guest for the upcoming Charleston Jazz Orchestra performance MI ALMA LATINA. Spend your lunch break as a JAZZ BREAK for a FREE Latin Jazz Conversation and Mini-Concert with Latin Jazz Grammy Award Winner Nestor Torres on Friday, March 13, 2020 from 12:30pm-1:40pm at the Simons Center Recital Hall at the College of Charleston, 54 St. Philip Street, Charleston, SC 29401. Joining Nestor Torres will be Charleston Jazz Orchestra members Frank Duvall on Bass, Gerald Gregory on piano, and Ron Wiltrout on drums.

SATURDAY, March 14, 2020  |  10:30AM – 11:45AM  |  FOX MUSIC HOUSE

Charleston Jazz and Fox Music House are excited to present a FREE Flute Clinic with Latin Grammy Award Winner Nestor Torres. If you think you can’t improvise, Nestor Torres will prove you wrong with this Flute Clinic – learn the basics of jazz improvisation with Latin Grammy Award Winner Nestor Torres. The Nestor Torres Flute Clinic will be held on Saturday, March 14, 2020 from 10:30am-11:45am at Fox Music House, 4248 Dorchester Road, North Charleston, SC 29405.

For more information and to schedule an interview, media appearance, or for hi-resolution images, contact Brittany Burkett at [email protected].


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