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MARIO CANONGE TRIO (article first published : 2006-03-25)

In collaboration with the Alliance Francaise and the IFAS the Centre for Jazz & Popular Music is proud to host the Mario Canonge Trio from France on March 29

Mario Canonge has established an international reputation as a brilliant virtuoso pianist but his talent goes much further than this. The Martiniquan star has proved to have an impressive ability to adapt his piano-playing to a wide variety of genres including jazz, zouk and salsa. Behind the basic "square" form of the "beguine" or "salsa" Mario Canonge creates brilliant jazz, spicy, joyful. He has worked with an impressive array of singers and musicians, showing that he's equally at home performing with Afro-Cuban groups as he is accompanying sultry jazz divas.

The Trio also features brilliant drummer Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez and French bassist Etienne Mbappe. Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez is a Grammy award winner and one of the most talented drummers in the world today. Whether playing with jazz legends like MCcoy Tyner or Michel Camilo, rock stars like Carlos Santana or Steve Winwood, or as member of renowned latine ensembles like Tito Puente's Tropi-Jazz All Stars, El Negro has earned a strong reputation as one of the most powerful and versatile players in the current musical scene.

Cameroonian-born Etienne Mbappé is one of France's leading and most audacious bass players. Over the past 20 years he has performed with famous musicians such as Salif Keita, Joe Zawinul, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Jacques Higelin and Ray Charles.

The concert starts at 17h30 on March 29. Tickets R20 (R5 students). More information from Glynis at the Jazz Centre on 031 260 3385. The popular cash bar will be open and there is plenty of parking.




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