Yuliesky Gonzalez
Yuliesky Gonzalez
Yuliesky Gonzalez
Yuliesky Gonzalez
Norman Peplow
Bjarne Roupé
Elaine Pérez
Jari Rojas
Martin Mattuck
Tomas Franck
"Kind of Cuban"
Yuliesky Gonzalez & Tierra Caliente
Copenhagen Jazzfestival 2012
Copenhagen Jazzfestival 2012
Tierra Caliente in Malmö


by Yuliesky Gonzalez
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  • date:02 Mar 2012 - 28 Oct 2012
  • style(s):Jazz, Salsa
  • status:published tour
  • continents:Africa, Europe / Russia, Latin America, Middle East / North Africa, North America
  • tour posted by:One World

Confirmed Dates

March 2nd Regensburg, Germany
March 3rd Lorsch, Germany
April 5th with Orchestra Pomo, Södra Teatern, Sweden
April 8th TIERRA CALIENTE Copenhagen, DK
April 9th-22th KIND OF CUBAN DR Radio CD recording
April 22th-30th with Hasta la Machete Festival France
May 7th - May 13th KIND OF CUBAN Festival Ollin Kan Mexico DF MEX
May 7th - May 13th with CAL WINTHER & THE GRAND BEAT Festival Ollin Kan Mexico DF MEX
May 7th - May 13th with MAKADEM Festival Ollin Kan Mexico DF MEX
June 16th TIERRA CALIENTE Inkonst, Malmø SE
June 19th, 23rd, 24th with Sonora Cubana, Bruxelles
June 30th with Orchestra Pomo, Stockholm, Sweden
July 5th- 8th KIND OF CUBAN Sunfest International Festival, London, Canada
July 10th Sofies Jazz Club, Copenhagen Jazzfestival
July 12th with CAL WINTHER & THE GRAND BEAT Congo Huset, Copenhagen Jazzfestival
July 13th with CAL WINTHER & THE GRAND BEAT Congo Huset, Copenhagen Jazzfestival
July 14th with CAL WINTHER & THE GRAND BEAT Congo Huset, Copenhagen Jazzfestival
July 14th KIND OF CUBAN Viften, Copenhagen Jazzfestival
July 19th, 20th and 21st with Oldrich's Band, Pori Jazz, Finland
August 1st-20th Middle East Tour TBC
August 23rd-30th Ollin Kan Festival in Caracas, w Makadem TBC
September 7th TIERRA CALIENTE Krudttønden, Copenhagen World Music Festival
September 8th KIND OF CUBAN Copenhagen World Music Festival TBC
September 15th-30th East Africa tour TBC
October 17th-21th Womex, Thessaloniki, Greece
October 24th-28th Half Note, Athens, Greece TBC


Yuliesky Gonzalez (Trumpet) (Omara Portuondo, Eddie Palmieri a.o.)
Tomas Franck (Tenor Sax) (Joe Henderson, John Scofield, Eliane Elias a.o.)
Bjarne Roupé (Guitar) (Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie a.o.)
Norman Peplow (Piano)
Martin Mattuck (Baby Bass)
Isan Torres (Congas)
Wiljoph Mounkassa Williams (Drums)

Classically educated in Camaguey, the young trumpet player started early performing with big names like Omara Portuondo and Felix Valoy, from Buena Vista Social Club, Rolo Martinez from Cubanismo, Grammy winner Rene Luis Toledo, Eddie Palmieri, Alexander Abreu & Habana de Primera, to name a few. Since 2010 he is member of Berlin Big Band and in 2011 he became member of the Kenyan artist Makadem. His own bands "Tierra Caliente" was established in 2010 and "Kind of Cuban" in 2011.
With a profound knowledge of both the history of Cuban Jazz as well as the Cuban popular music, and the influences of Classical European music as well as crispy African rhythms, Yuliesky Gonzalez has a fluent ability to write new Cuban Jazz, with an elegance and variation that makes the listener hold the breath in enjoyment. He is capable of lifting the compositions to a level of such quality, that even hardcore musicians get inspired by the innovative tunes.
It was a straight yes from the two capacities, guitar player Bjarne Roupe (Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Hermeto Pascual, John Scofield, Deedee Bridgewater, Eddie Harris, Toots Thielemans) and Saxplayer Tomas Franck (Joe Henderson, Jerry Bergonzi, Toots Thielemans, John Scofield, Eliane Elias, Bob Brookmeyer, Steve Swallow, Carla Bley, Ernie Wilkens, Art Farmer, Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen, Dick Oates, Django Bates, David Sanborn) to form part of Gonzalez' group.

Elaine Pérez (Vocal)
Jari Rojas (Vocal)
Yuliesky Gonzalez (Trumpet)
Victor Nacho Abreu (Trumpet)
NIls Marquardt (Trombone)
Jakob Johansen (Trombone)
Norman Peplow (Piano)
Martin Krogh (Baby Bass)
Isan Torres (Congas)
Yohan Ramón (Bongó)
Wiljoph Mounkassa Williams (Drums)

Gonzalez´ Salsa group started of in Havana, performing all over Cuba with several shows. After moving to Europe, Yuliesky re-established the band and named it "Tierra Caliente" linking musically to the homeland. The band has the same members as in Cuba, except from the young female singer, Elaine Pérez who has the potential of becoming a new Celia Cruz. Pérez started early getting educated in classical music and piano. Her singing is based on the knowledge of Son and Salsa. She has the elegancy of the biggest singers in Jazz and Son.
The male singer, Jari Rojas, sings like a funky street kid, his voice is crispy and sexy, and he knows to make a great show full of feeling and good sense of humor. He has been singing Rumba, Salsa and Son since his childhood, and he is inspired by Jazz and Soul as well. He makes a great contrast to the angelic voice of Pérez.
The groovy salsa band will make any audience feel like the very best best Cuban clubs. Yuliesky´s music is elegant, crispy and hot. Great authentic music in high level party style.
"Tierra Caliente" will be CD releasing in spring 2012.

CARL WINTHER & THE GRAND BEAT (Contemporary JazzFunk)
Carl Winther (Piano)
Yuliesky Gonzalez (Trumpet)
Jivin Cameron (Bass)
Niclas Campagnol (Drums)

MAKADEM (Benga & Afro Beat)
Makadem (Vocal, Guitar, Kalimba)
Carlos Pérez (Trombone)
Chao Otieno (Bass, Vocals)
John Mutondo (Guitar, Vocals)
Shadrack Makau (Keys, Percussion, Vocals)
Carl Winther (Piano)
Mathew Matix (Drums, Percussion, Vocals)
Yuliesky Gonzalez (Trumpet)
Yohan Ramón (Congas, Timbales)