By: Rachael Vella-Garrido
You might want to miss the World Cup Final this Sunday for the first jazz show of the season to take place on the back steps of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. (ESPN and CBC usually replay the games later in the evening). The show starts at 2:00 p.m. when Jesse Pabon and La Krema, an energetic, Buffalo-based group, will get your foot tapping and probably your hips swaying, as well.
The music is lively bachata-merengue style. Bachata is a Dominican term referring to a rougher existence with a focus on the romantic side of things. The bands typically consist of five instruments: lead guitar, rhythm guitar, bass guitar, drum and güira. The güira keeps the beat with a cool scratchy sound. More modern groups have blended bachata with merengue and tend to further update their sound with a tambora drum instead of the original bongo. You can preview La Krema and their sound at their website.
It should be a nice day to bring a blanket or some chairs to enjoy the shade under the nearby trees, or even the sun on the steps, since highs should be in the low eighties.
Summer Jazz at Albright-Knox
Sunday, July 11th, 2pm
1285 Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14222
Rachael Vella-Garrido has just returned to the city after a
brief hiatus in the suburbs. She is a teacher who will be spending the
summer getting reacquainted with Buffalo.