Peter Conway Management presents

Omar Puente Sextet

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Last Show: Friday 16 th March 2018

Omar Puente's sextet is a unique combination of sonorities and styles for all the tastes and ages, after the accumulation of many years of experience playing with musicians like Tito Puentes, Eddy Palmieri, Courtney Pine, Rubén González and Winton Marsalis, all of them contained in a wide range of colours in the interpretation of the music. In this concert Maestro Puente will include pieces from his latest album 'Best Foot Forward'. This rich mix produces a show of complex and infectious rhythms and original melodies, performed by a multinational sextet, and unusual combination of violin, trombone and extended rhythm section. In performance, this produces an irresistible urge to join in and dance.

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‘Omar Puente’s contribution to 20th and 21st century violin playing has now become legendary. His generous nature, his commitment to good music, his enjoyment of life and his respect for his colleagues are all characteristics which make him a true violin great’

Nigel Kennedy

World class violinist with a well known reputation in Jazz with several album collaborations. Has taught extensively and published a University level textbook on Cuban Jazz.  Has taught at UK’s most prestigious music colleges, and also in Cuba. Currently developing a unique strand of Jazz that is to come out in a new album.

Omar writes:

Welcome to my second album ‘Best Foot Forward’.

I have dedicated this album to my wife Debbie (1963 - 2014) who supported me throughout my career. Without her I would not be here today.

The music on this album is the result of my twenty years living in the UK and touring internationally. Listen carefully and you will hear a fusion of rhythms from Cuba, Brazil, Africa, Caribbean, Jazz, modern UK sound and further afield.

My vision is to place the Cuban violin centre stage in this music.


Band Lineup

Omar Puente (violin)

Al Macsween (piano)

Jimmy Martinez (bass)

Michel Castellanos (drums)

Flavio Correa (bata drums)

Oscar Martinez (percussion)