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March 30: Chicago Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble 5-et

Performance set for Halling Recital Hall.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Music News Release, 3-10-2014

Mankato, Minn. – The CALJE: Chicago Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble 5-et will perform on Sunday, March 30 at 7:30 p.m. at the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave.

The concert event is co-sponsored by the College of Arts and Humanities, the Minnesota State Mankato Performance Series and KMSU-The Maverick with assistance from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

This performance will consist of a sizzling quintet. Chicago Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble (CALJE) 5-et is regarded as the new and innovative force in the Latin Jazz scene. With a global sound and ensemble, this band represents Afro-Cuban Jazz, as well as music from all of Latin America. They incorporate traditional Cuban rhythms such as son, guaguanco, and clave negra with modern Jazz harmony.

Through this fusion concept, they have explored writing new music based on Argentinian Tango, Dominican Merengue, Puerto Rican Bomba y Plena, Spanish Flamenco, and Jamaican Reggae. CALJE delivers captivating performances and high energy in the form of dance grooves.

The music is primarily written by the quintet's co-leaders, trumpeter Victor Garcia and pianist Darwin Noguera.

CALJE has performed and recorded with artists such as Grammy winners Howard Levy from the Bela Fleck Group and Brian Lynch from the Eddie Palmieri group, master percussionist Paoli Mejias and legendary trombonist Steve Turre. They have also given performances and clinics across the Midwest and in three cities in the country of Nicaragua. Their debut album “Blueprints” was critically acclaimed, receiving 3.5/4 stars from Downbeat Magazine, as well as other media outlets across the U.S. and abroad.

Concert admission is $15; $13 for students with a valid MavCARD. Discount tickets are available online for University students. Advance purchase is strongly encouraged. Those who wish to purchase tickets online should go to For more information, call the Performance Series office, (507) 389-5549.

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