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The performance of Chano Domínguez: Flamenco Sketches, presented in collaboration with Stanford Live and John Anson Ford Theatres is supported by Presenter Consortium for Jazz, a program of Chamber Music America funded through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
Chano Domínguez, piano
Blas Cordóba, vocals and palmas
Daniel Navarro, dancer and palmas
Alexis Cuadrado, bass
Henry Cole, drums/percussion
For over four decades, the award-winning, Spanish-born pianist, composer, bandleader, and educator Chano Domínguez has synthesized the blues-based, African American improvisations of jazz with the dynamic, duende-flavored, Afro-Gitano-Moorish inventions and dimensions of flamenco into a profound and personal artistic expression that combines the best of those musical worlds.
With over twenty recordings as a leader and his collaborations with a wide variety of stars, including Paquito D’Rivera, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Joe Lovano, Chucho Valdés, Martirio, and Wynton Marsalis, as well as the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Domínguez has extended, elaborated, and redefined the artistic boundaries of jazz and flamenco, performing his own compositions as well as the music of Harold Arlen, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, and the Spanish classical composer Joaquín Rodrigo.
Born Sebastián Domínguez Lozano on March 26, 1960, in the port city of Cádiz, in Andalusia, southern Spain, the birthplace of flamenco, Dominguez’s first instrument was the guitar, which he started playing at the age of eight. He listened to his father’s extensive recordings of flamenco LPs and taught himself the rudiments of the instrument and the genre. He later took up the piano, and his first major gig was playing keyboard with the Spanish rock group Cai (a slang word for a Cádiz native).
With his brilliant reimagining of jazz and flamenco, Chano Domínguez continues to create timeless art that knows no bounds.
Domínguez revolutionized the use of the piano in flamenco, prior to his influence, almost exclusively a domain for the more traditional instrument, the guitar.
—All About Jazz
With masterful drumming and piano solos that build to great climaxes, “Flamenco Sketches” is a percussive marvel.
Chano Domínguez has the unique ability to navigate different musical worlds, to create a sound that becomes one music that unites the world of music by building bridges to places that nurture cultural understanding and enduring peace.