The popular monthly LATIN JAZZ @ MONDO music series brings to you a special concert with the Afro-Venezuelan jazz fusion sounds of the popular Alí Bello Sweet Wire Band on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 8:00pm. Accomplished violinist Alí Bello is joined by Gabriel Chakarji on keyboards, Bambam Rodríguez on bass and Ismael Baiz on drums.
Venezuelan born Alí Bello has become one of the most dazzling and sought after violinists, distinguishing himself for his versatility among different music styles in addition to his well-found classical training and multidimensional improvisational skills. Since his surge from El Sistema, the musical education program of his country, and after building upon years of experience in New York, he has become a Latin jazz music figure to be reckoned with.
During his career, Alí has collaborated and performed with such figures as Paquito D’Rivera, Johnny Pacheco and The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. He has worked with bands of great tradition such as Orquesta Broadway, Típica '73, and Africando as well as modern fusion bands such as Alfredo Naranjo y El Guajeo, La Clave Secreta, and Los Jóvenes del Barrio.
He has become a sultry sound in tango, regularly performing with Grammy winner bandoneonist Raúl Jaurena, and a regular collaborator on scores with flamenco guitarist Pedro Cortés. His repertoire expands even further to include gypsy jazz and American folk music, as a member of the touring quintet Doc Severinsen & El Ritmo De La Vida. He has also infused the violin into the popular rhythms of R&B, performing live with The Roots, Beyoncé, and Jay-Z. Alí can be heard arranging and collaborating dance beats with Grammy winner producer Louie Vega, as well as recording with award winning artists Aventura and Don Omar.
His violin has backed up amazing singers of the stature of Mercedes Sosa, Susana Baca, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Alejandro Fernández , and Cheo Feliciano among others.
Alí can be heard regularly with his Latin jazz group The Latin Jazz Liaisons and his new musical concept, The Sweet Wire Band – a blend of electronics and acoustic instruments, which includes all of his multicultural collaborations as well as exposes his Afro‐Latin roots and Venezuelan heritage.
The Sweet Wire Band presents a fusion of Latin jazz with many different Afro-Venezuelan and Afro-Caribbean musical styles with an invigorated and fresh perspective of Latin jazz. The group is a quartet/quintet that reunites some of the best and newest Latin jazz talent of New York City & beyond.
Alí's album, Connection Caracas - New York (Zoho Music), has been received with critical acclaim. It was reviewed as one of the "Top Jazz CD’s of 2013" by Jazz Times Magazine, ranked fourth among "The Best CDs Released" by Mark Holston of JAZZIZ Magazine, and has also been named "Album Of The Week" by the Latin Jazz Network.
Concert tickets are priced at $20 in advance / $25 at the door. Purchase advance tickets online at BrownPaperTickets.com (enter Latin Jazz @ Mondo for event search). Reservations & info are also available by calling the Teatro Si box office at 908-301-9496 or purchase tickets in person at MONDO in Summit. We recommend enjoying a fine meal at one of several fine restaurants in downtown Summit before or after the show.
Event proceeds benefit programming efforts at Teatro Si, a 501(c) 3 not for profit organization.