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Tumbao Bravo

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  • $30 - SOLD OUT Assigned Rows 1-2
  • $20 - SOLD OUT Assigned Rows 3-5
  • $15 General Admission
  • $5 Student
  • Paul Vornhagen, saxophones, flute, piccolo, guiro/claves
  • Brian Di Blassio, piano
  • Patrick Prouty, bass
  • Gregory "Greco" Freeman, congas
  • Miguel Gutierrez, timbales
  • Paul Finkbeiner, trumpet/flugelhorn

Event Details

Tumbao Bravo is a six-piece ensemble that performs the authentic rhythms of Cuba with original jazz harmonies. Winner of the 2005 and 2007 Detroit Music Awards for best jazz and world music recording categories, Tumbao Bravo was formed in 2003 by reedman Paul VornHagen and conga player Alberto Nacif. Their latest recording was featured in Latin Beat Magazine in Los Angeles, the most respected Latin music periodical in the world. They have performed at all the major jazz festivals in Michigan and their recordings have been featured on all the major Latin jazz radio programs nationwide.

Paul Vornhagen

Winner of three Detroit Music Awards for Best Jazz Reeds, Best Instrumentalist and TDWR, Paul has performed with his own jazz quartet for 25 years traveling to San Francisco, New York City, Chicago, Hawaii and Paris. Paul has appeared on the Ed Love Program and Jazz Alive at WDET-FM. In February 2004, Paul visited Havana, Cuba where he performed as a guest artist with members of the Buena Vista Social Club, Cubanismo and Irakere at jazz clubs and also honored to perform at Ibrahim Ferrer’s 78th birthday party. Jazz Festival credits for VornHagen’s quartet include the Montreaux Detroit Jazz Festival, Ann Arbor Jazz and Blues Fest, Birmingham Arts Fair, The Lansing Jazz Festival, and The Michigan Jazz Fest. Paul has released six critically acclaimed CDs.

Patrick Prouty

Patrick Prouty is a veteran bassist/composer from Detroit. His previous side-man gigs have included playing with Bill Heid, Johnnie Bassett, Jan Krist, Al and Whit Hill, Alberta Adams and many other artists. From 2000 until 2007, he was the bassist for soul legend Bettye Lavette. During his tenure with Lavette he toured all over North America, Europe and Japan. In 2007, Patrick received a master’s degree in improvisation from The University of Michigan. Patrick has won numerous awards including a Handy, multiple Detroit Music Awards and was the winner of the Block M Records New Music Award in 2006.