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José André Trio Live at Blue House Productions
Saturday, June 27, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm
José André – Piano
Herman Burney – Bass
Kelton Norris – Drums
15-year-old José André is a Bolivian jazz pianist who taught himself how to play piano from a very young age. His playful and inspired compositions bridges: Jazz, Rock, Blues, Bossa Nova, Latin American Folklore, and World music. He is a musician who flavors his tunes with Latin rhythms and jazz harmonies. Anyone who has the opportunity to hear him play is amazed by his musical talent. Despite his very young age, he has already delighted audiences from prestigious festivals and concert halls across the Americas.
He made his first international appearance in Sao Paulo- Brazil, and at the age of 9 he performed at The John F. Kennedy Center in Washington DC. He also has had appearances in Rome celebrating the 70th anniversary of UNICEF, at the Global Transformation Forum in Kuala Lumpur, in Finland at the Business Nordic Forum, and others worldwide. In the Washington area, he has performed at the DC Jazz Festival, Mid Atlantic Jazz Festival, and other venues. He has shared stage with, Marcus Miller, Jason Moran and Renee Fleming among others.
Washington Performing Arts’ as part of the Mars Urban Arts Initiative presented José André and his trio, as part of a season-long series of events showcasing Latinx artists who live in Washington, D.C.
José Andre is one of the winner of the 2019 award hosted by the VSA International Young Soloists Competition, a Jean Kennedy Smith Arts and Disability Program that recognizes talented, emerging artists from all over the world.
At the 2nd annual Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind “Lighting the Way” Gala, José André was one of the distinguished awardees recognize for his achievements and talent.
“I play with the heart” says the young pianist who loves music and life. “It’s a gift!” he adds.
-Anne Midgette Classical music critic/The Washington Post-