Timucua Arts Foundation presents the M&M Latin Jazz Ensemble. Led by Marty Morell (vibraphone) and Michiko Morell (percussion), the band features the award-winning trio La Lucha with John O’Leary (piano), Alejandro Arenas (bass) and Mark Feinman (drums). Also on the bandstand as special guest, Jeff Rupert (Tenor Sax). This unique and energetic musical group plays original compositions, re-invented Jazz Standards, and selections from the American songbook, all with a Latin flavor!
About Marty Morell
Marty Morell (drums, percussion, vibes, piano, producer) was a member of the Bill Evans Trio for seven years – longer than any other drummer. A highly inventive player, capable of both great subtlety and fiery dynamics, Morell attended the Manhattan School of Music and studied mallets with Morris Goldberg, and tympani with Saul Goodman at the Julliard School of Music. Prior to joining Bill Evans, Morell worked and/or recorded with the Al Cohn-Zoot Sims Quintet, Henry “Red” Allen , Gary McFarland, Steve Kuhn and Gabor Szabo and many others. He recorded prolifically and toured the world with pianist Bill Evans and bassist Eddie Gomez from late 1968 through 1974. After leaving the trio, Marty settled in Toronto, Canada where he became a highly sought after studio drummer and percussionist. He fronted his own bands as a drummer and also worked as a vibist and pianist with his Latin band.
About the M&M Latin Jazz Ensemble
The M&M Latin Jazz Ensemble was created by world renowned Drummer/ Percussionist Marty Morell (Bill Evans, Duke Ellington Orch, UCF Jazz Drum set professor) and his wife, Japan-born Michiko Ohta Morell (Chica Boom, Clave y Galapago, Hillsborough County Arts Council award winner 2015).The M&M Latin Jazz Ensemble performs a variety of Latin American standards, original music, Latin Jazz standards (Dizzy Gillespie, Milt Jackson, Cal Tjader, Oliver Nelson, John Coltrane) and many other compositions from the American song book.
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