Afro-Latin Jazz Group to Play Gorell

Posted on 10/14/2015 11:01:47 AM

For the next installment to its Ovations! series, the Lively Arts at Indiana University of Pennsylvania will feature a performance by CALJE, the Chicago Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble. This international ensemble of gifted musicians will perform Wednesday, October 21, 2015, at 8:00 p.m. in Gorell Recital Hall.

Calje group members

CALJE, a new and innovative force on the Latin Jazz scene, fuses contemporary jazz with stimulating Afro-Latin rhythms. Incorporating traditional Cuban rhythms with modern Jazz harmony, CALJE has explored new music based on Tango, Merengue, Bomba y Plena, Flamenco, and Reggae.

With its culturally diverse background, CALJE is deeply committed to the evolution and preservation of Latin music. Artists in the band have had the opportunity to share the stage with legendary artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, Chick Corea, The Temptations, Paquito D’Rivera, and Danilo Perez.

CALJE has also performed and recorded with artists such as Grammy winners Howard Levy from the Bela Fleck Group, Brian Lynch from the Eddie Palmieri group, master percussionist Paoli Mejias, and legendary trombonist Steve Turre.

Founded in 2006 by Nicaraguan pianist/composer Darwin Noguera and Mexican trumpeter/composer Victor Garcia, these long-time musical collaborators envisioned an approach to Latin music that would follow in the innovative footsteps of the pioneering Cuban groups Chucho Valdes’ Irakere and the Dizzy Gillespie United Nations Orchestra.

This special engagement is presented as part of IUP’s recognition of International Education Week and Hispanic Heritage Month, with planning through the cooperation of the Office of International Education and African American Cultural Center.

Tickets for this October 21 event are available now online or the Lively Arts’ online ticketing website. They can also be purchased at the Hadley Union Building ticket office on the IUP campus or by calling the HUB ticket office at (724) 357-1313.

Seats remaining will be sold at the door starting one hour prior to the performance. Tickets are priced at $22 for regular admission, $18 for seniors and groups, and $12 for students and children.

For more information on this and other events within the Lively Arts, call (724) 357-2787 (ARTS) or e-mail

The Ovations! series is funded, in part, by donations through the Premiere Club, business sponsorships, grants, and the IUP Student Cooperative Association. The Lively Arts, a program of the College of Fine Arts, presents nearly 200 performances, programs, and exhibits annually.

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CALJE: Chicago Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble

October 21, 2015
8:00 p.m.

Gorell Recital Hall, 2nd Floor Sutton Hall

CALJE will be bringing the unique flavor of Afro-Cuban Jazz to the IUP campus after previous performances at the 2006 and 2012 Chicago Jazz Festival and an international tour of Nicaragua by invitation of the U.S. Embassy.

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For more information, visit CALJE: Chicago Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble, e-mail , or call 724-357-2787.