Bird’s the word for Paquito
A Latin jazz great pays tribute to one of his major jazz influences at Lincoln Center next week.
Paquito D’Rivera, the Cuban-born saxophonist and proud owner of 14 Grammys, will honor one of the jazz giants who helped shape his sound — Charlie (Bird) Parker, whose “Bird with Strings” album is one of D’Rivera’s favorites.
The concert, part of the Jazz at Lincoln Center program, will have D’Rivera and his band perform selections from the original “Bird with Strings,” which combined romantic string arrangements with Parker’s unique sound, plus unrecorded arrangements from the album sessions project, and new takes on Parker’s collaborations with such Latin jazz icons as Machito and Chico O’Farrill.
Performances are Friday and Saturday, March 16-17, at Lincoln Center.
LATEA rocks with rumba and jazz weekend
Friday is unofficial ladies’ night at Teatro LATEA, with performances of traditional rumba by Cuban band Melvis Santa & Ashedi; Venezuelan vocalist Maria Alejandra Rodriguez, singer Rosanna Wyatt, and Cuban group Ellas Son.
There’s also an onstage interview with pastry maker Anna Trelles on her passion for cooking. Show starts at 8 p.m., followed by a DJ set at 11 p.m.
Admission is $ 15 at the door, but order tickets online at teatrolatea.org and use coupon code WOMAN to get $ 5 off.
On Saturday comes a night of hot jazz from Puerto Rican drummer, composer and bandleader Fernando Garcia, the latest installment of jazz nights at LATEA curated by Miguel Zenon (who performs with Garcia).
9 p.m. at Teatro LATEA in the Clemente Center, 107 Suffolk. St. 212-529-1948; teatrolatea.org
Eva Yerbabuena, one of Spain’s leading Flamenco performers, presents ”Carne y Hueso (Flesh and Bone)” at New York City Center on Friday March 9 and Saturday, March 10 and 8 p.m. The company features five dancers and musicians performing the age-old music. 131 W. 55th; nycitycenter.org
Political play “Match” burns
“Three on a Match” by Rhett Martinez, the 50th anniversary production of IATI Theater, has a special presentation on Sunday, March 11 at 3 p.m. The allegorical drama is set in a decaying South American hotel and examines the history of state terrorism in Latin America. 64 E. 4th St.; 212-505-6757; iatitheater.org
Comedy disaster zone
Popular comic duo Rene Monclova and Jorge Castro of Puerto Rico bring their brand of riotous humor to New York Friday night at S.O.B.’s with “Zona de Desastre,” part of the pair’s first U.S. tour visiting New York, Connecticut, Texas and Florida. 8 p.m. 204 Varick St., 212-243-4940; sobs.com
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