“[Lionel is] one of a rare handful of guitarists that move effortlessly between his West African roots and modern American jazz.” – Paul Simon
“Raul Midón’s voice has hints of Donny Hathaway and touches of Stevie Wonder. His guitar playing is sexy.” – NPR
Now here’s the perfect pairing for fans of both great guitarists and evocative singer-songwriters. Raul Midón has been blind since birth but that hasn’t slowed him down: he’s recorded 10 CDs and earned Grammy nominations for “Best Jazz Vocal Album” three years in a row, from 2017 to 2019. Midón last appeared at TD JazzFest in 2010, and has collaborated with such icons as Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder and Queen Latifah. With his mix of African-American and Argentinean heritage, Midón has oodles of soul: factor in that gorgeous tenor voice and it’s no wonder he and his guitar can hold any audience in thrall. The evening’s other maestro, Lionel Loueke, hails from the West African country of Benin, and his playing is a dazzling combination of African folk roots and contemporary jazz. A decade-long member of Herbie Hancock’s band, with whom he came to TD JazzFest in 2013, Loueke has been hailed by Sting as “one of the most inspiring musicians on our planet today.” These virtuosos will perform separate sets then combine forces for an unforgettable, genre-bending climax.
Twin Bill with Laila Biali
Show sponsored by: Newport Realty