Piñata Music Series: Biréli Lagrène + Niño Josele
Deep roots tonight at Piñata Music Series. Those of the gypsy blood that runs through the veins of the Frenchman Biréli Lagrène, one of the best representatives of the jazz manouche school created by the legendary Django Reinhardt almost a century ago, and those of Niño Josele from Almería, one of the most versatile and bold of recent times, endorsed by two Latin Grammy nominations.
Who would have thought of Django Reinhardt that his influence would be so vast and broad over time. Of all the students of his who were superior to him, perhaps Biréli Lagrène is the brightest. Manouche jazz has no secrets in the hands of this gypsy musician, 1966 and with more than forty albums in his extensive curriculum, since he debuted in 1980. But that does not mean that Lagrène is a purist, far from it. Also a fervent admirer of Wes Montgomery and George Benson, this French guitarist and bassist also had time in his career to deviate with Jaco Pastorius in his jazz rock fusion, before forming his Gypsy Project. It is a legend? It could be said yes.
Juan José Heredia, Niño Josele, from Almería is one of the most versatile flamenco guitarists of recent decades. Throughout his career, he has played with artists such as Enrique Morente, Duquende, Remedios Amaya, Paco de Lucía, Montse Cortés or el Cigala, but also with international stars such as Andrés Calamaro, Elton John, Joan Manuel Serrat, Lenny Kravitz or Alicia Keys. For something he also recorded a bold last album, Galaxias (2022), marked by the influence of Chick Corea. And for a reason he has also collaborated with producers like Fernando Trueba or Javier Limón. He has been twice nominated for a Latin Grammy, in 2010 and 2012.