Axel Tosca is one of New York City’s best Cuban timba pianists

Axel Tosca is a Cuban jazz pianist who is one of New York City’s best young timba musicians.

Xiomara Laugart joins Tosca at Zinc Bar

Saturday, August 10, 2019 ~ Tosca is joined by his mother, the legendary voice of Xiomara Laugart, for a hot night of Cuban jazz at Zinc Bar in Greenwich Village. Shows at 10:30pm & 12am. $20

Travelers to Havana’s José Marti airport are often greeted with the sounds of Xiomara singing Guantanamera. She really is a guantanamera, a woman from Guantanamo.

Xiomara is known as a Cuban trova singer. Trova is Cuban folk music that is often sung in protest just like the music of Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, and others in the United States.

Xiomara played Celia Cruz in the 2007 Off-Broadway musical Celia: The Life and Music of Celia Cruz.

When Xiomara sings, you just have to stop and dream. How wonderful to hear her in an intimate club like Zinc Bar.

Tosca plays Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola

Axel makes his Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola debut with “A Night in Havana” on August 29, 2017 at 7:30 & 9:30pm.

Tosca plays Birdland

Axel plays Birdland March 9, 2017 at 6pm.

Axel Tosca is from a Famous Cuban Musical Family

Axel was born in Cuba into a prestigious musical family. His mom is the legendary Cuban vocalist Xiomara Laugart. Tosca started playing piano when he was seven. One of his teachers was Miriam Valdez, the daughter of Cuban piano legends Bebo Valdez and sister of Chucho Valdez.

Growing up in Havana, Tosca played in the Timba and Hip-Hop scenes. After coming to the States, Axel played a little with George Clinton’s Parliament/Funkedelic.

Axel has been part of Jazz band (U)nity for several years and released his self-titled debut album as a leader (Alfi Records, 2016).

Today Axel mostly sounds like a Jazz musician, but you can hear and see little bits of all those influences in his music.

For more information, visit Tosca’s record label

Cuban Timba

Timba is the contemporary form of Cuban salsa.

Salsa is 1950s Cuban dance music played by Puerto Ricans and others in New York City in the 1970s and 80s.

In Cuba’s isolation, the Cuban form kept evolving. It absorbed African folk, Bebop jazz and Rock, but all inside Cuba. The virtuosity of Cuba’s classically trained musicians took it all to another level.

Timba always has the energy of the Havana street. It’s both a protest and a party. When times are hard, we just dance harder to survive.

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