Cuban Culture Comes to Kennedy Center

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The Kennedy Center’s KC Jazz Club was transformed into Cubano Club May 9-18, becoming the ideal spot to catch other exceptional contemporary Cuban jazz. The highlights included singer Zule Guerra and her Quinteto Blues de Habana. Possessing a lustrous alto and lithe phrasing, Guerra recalled the sunny musicianship of Nnenna Freelon and Charenee Wade, as she delivered sanguine makeovers on “Corcovado” and “What A Difference A Day Makes,” along with some bracing originals. Drummer Dafnis Prieto and saxophonist Terry also performed powerful sets, as they led their respective ensembles through explosive, yet thoughtful, jazz excursions.

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