Jazz on the Move at Plaza Mariachi: The Life and Music of Cachao

On Sunday, September 17 the NJW's acclaimed Jazz on the Move Series goes to the city's newest cultural phenomenon, Plaza Mariachi. Percussionist/multi-instrumentalist Giovanni Rodriguez will lead the Music City Latin Orchestra in a program on "The Life and Music of Israel "Cachao" López." The event takes place at 3pm and admission is free.

The 10-piece Music City Latin Orchestra is composed of Marcela Pinilla (vocals), Jesus Agreda and Yosvany Cordero (percussion), Alex Rivas (piano, vocals), Ernesto Leago (violin), Brian Allen (bass), and Courtney Mosley, Jimmy Bowland, and Joe Gross (horns).

The bassist and composer Israel "Cachao" López played a leading role in the evolution of Latin music, successively nurturing both the mambo and the improvised Cuban form known as the descarga, and paving the way for the international phenomenon that is salsa. Known invariably by the nickname "Cachao", he was an innovative arranger; one who successfully synthesized his own country's musical traditions with those emanating from the American mainland to create an alluring sound which continues to seduce those who encounter it.

Percussionist / multi-instrumentalist Giovanni Rodriguez is well known to Nashville fans of jazz and Latin music. He is a co-founder of the band El Movimiento, and is a regular sideman for bands of many different genres. Recognized as one the city's leading percussionists, Giovanni is also an accomplished bassist. A staple on the stage of the Jazz Cave for many years, Giovanni also appears frequently at Plaza Mariachi.


Jazz on the Move is a popular jazz performance and education series now in its 11th year. Presentations are free to the public and take place in community venues including the Frist Center For the Visual Arts, Nashville Public Library, Tennessee State University, and now Plaza Mariachi. Each installment features a lecture and performance highlighting a major figure or period in jazz history. Presented by Nashville’s top jazz artist/educators, the series offers audiences world class music as well as an opportunity to learn more about jazz. The series is supported by Caterpillar Financial Services and Peter and Anne Neff. 

The Nashville Jazz Workshop is a nonprofit organization supporting jazz musicians, jazz fans, and the jazz community through classes, public performances, and special events. For further information, contact the Nashville Jazz Workshop at 615-242-JAZZ (5299). www.nashvillejazz.org. 

The Plaza Mariachi CULTURAL EXPERIENCE offers a unique blend of culture, art, music, entertainment, food, services and retail in one location. It begins with decor in the style of traditional marketplace streets from old Mexico and weaves Latin culture into a walk of history. You’ll hear Hispanic music, see Latin relics, discover old and new Mexico in food, fashion and so much more.