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Central Music Department Presents Jazzmania

Featured: Central Music Department Presents Jazzmania

January 28, 2019

The Central College music department presents Jazzmania, a concert celebrating the release of Associate Professor of Music Gabriel Espinosa’s CD “Nostalgias De Mi Vida.” The event will be held at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, in Douwstra Auditorium on Central’s campus.

Gabriel Espinosa's upcoming album Nostalgias De Mi Vida.

Gabriel Espinosa’s upcoming album Nostalgias De Mi Vida.

The event, a concert featuring material from the album, features special guests Kim Nazarian and the Central College Jazz Band.

“At age 66, [the] Mexican-born composer/singer/electric bassist is looking back fondly on his life in jazz, from his first days with his brother’s band, Los Deltons, in Mexico to recording in NYC with world class Latin jazz musicians,” writes Jim Hynes in a review in Making A Scene: The Independent Music Magazine. “As you’d expect, the music has a warm, tropical quality, full of upbeat passages. His joy comes through on every tune.”

“I chose the title Nostalgias De Mi Vida in honor of my life in music,” Espinosa says. “I have great affection for this musical journey that I am still exploring with new challenges and sounds.”

Zoho music calls the album “A gorgeous mashup of the music of his homeland and of Brazilian Samba Jazz, in six Espinosa originals and four Mexican Songbook Classics.”

Sample the album online.

Admission to the event is $10. Tickets are available fromĀ events.central.edu.

The production of “Nostalgias de Mi Vida” was funded in part by a grant from the Marion County Community Foundation.