A musical group from Venezuela, the " Simón Bolívar Bing Band Jazz" will perform on Friday, November 4, at New York University’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, at 8:00 pm, in a concert sponsored by the Consulate General of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in New York and the Banco Industrial de Venezuela. Additionally, the recognized orchestra will perform on November 5 at 9:00 p.m. at the New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall in Boston.
The Simón Bolívar Big Band Jazz was created in November 2007 by Valdemar Rodriguez, conductor of the Simón Bolívar Conservatory of Music, and the recognized Venezuelan drummer Andres Briceño to promote and spread jazz in Venezuela.
The band is comprised of 40 Venezuelan musicians from the Simón Bolívar Conservatory, which is part of the National System of Youth and Children Orchestras of Venezuela, also known as “El Sistema,” a program that has transformed the lives of thousands of Venezuelan young people through music.
According to the website of “El Sistema,” the Simón Bolívar Big Band Jazz has carried out different training seminars and workshops with internationally-recognized maestros, including the Venezuelan saxophonist Delano Zollar, U.S. trombonists James Richard Griffin and Stafford Hunter, U.S. pianist Daniel Asbury Mixon, Venezuelan pianists Luis Perdomo and Ed Simon and U.S. double-bass player Miriam Sullivan.
The band has displayed its talent at many different international venues as well as within Venezuela. In March 2010, it performed as part of a fund-raising initiative of the the Embassy of France in Caracas to help victims of the earthquake in Haiti. On May 18, 2010, the Simón Bolívar Bing Band Jazz performed at the National Institute of Female Guidance (INOF), a Venezuelan women’s penitentiary center, where it brought rhythm and happiness to the female inmates.
See more information about tickets for the concerts in Boston and New York.