Elio Villafranca & Jazz Syncopators - Oct. 13 - Chelsea Table + Stage - NYC's Newest Hot-Spot!

Elio Villafranca and The Jass Syncopators
October 13th - One Night Only
7:00pm & 9:30pm

Debut Performance at
Chelsea Table + Stage!
Hilton Fashion District Hotel, 152 W 26th St,
New York, NY 10001

Elio Villafranca & The Jass Syncopators:

Elio Villafranca - piano/composition
Vincent Herring - alto sax/flute
Scott Wendholt - trumpet
Dayna Stephens - tenor sax
Adam Olszewski - bass
Domo Branch - drums
Miguel Valdes - percussion
Elio Villafranca, who's most recent outstanding achievement is becoming a 2021 recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship, will showcase his six-piece jazz ensemble— The Jass Syncopators. The masterful jazz pianist, Grammy® Nominee and Steinway Artist, leads his ensemble to adeptly push boundaries, infusing jazz with the syncopated rhythms of traditional Afro-Caribbean musical forms. Villafranca’s compelling and complex compositions teem with subtle textures and feature architecture derived from his classical training..


Over the years Elio Villafranca has recorded and performed nationally and internationally as a leader. His music has featured jazz master artists such as Wynton Marsalis, Pat Martino, Paquito D’Rivera, Jon Faddis, Christian McBride, among others. He has also performed with Chick Corea, Sonny Fortune, Giovanni Hidalgo, and Johnny Pacheco to name a few. Elio Villafranca is based in New York City and he is a faculty member at Temple University in Philadelphia, The Juilliard School of Music, New York University, and Manhattan School of Music in NYC.


“Pianist and composer Elio Villafranca is an inspired and visionary musician. With his band, The Jass Syncopators, Elio expands what Jelly Roll Morton called The Spanish Tinge to what Elio calls The Caribbean Tinge. The band swings hard and brings a traditional yet innovative style to the roots of jazz and Afro Caribbean music. I am profoundly moved by Elio's vision and musicianship. He is a treasured member of the family here at Jazz at Lincoln Center.”
- Wynton Marsalis

“Elio’s music is passionate. A brand new application of ancient ways.”
- Chick Corea

[Elio Villafranca] writes and plays with passion and a deep understanding of musical nuance, with chops equal to some of the greatest pianists Cuba has ever produced."
- DownBeat Magazine

“The musical history of Cuba is full of extraordinary pianists. Elio Villafranca is amongst the best representatives of the new generation of Cuban pianists and composers...”
- Paquito D'Rivera

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