• Icehouse MPLS (map)
  • 2528 Nicollet Avenue
  • Minneapolis, MN, 55404
  • United States

$10 at the door

Reminiscent of the intricate process of coffee roasting, which involves fusing different country’s beans into a perfect blend to create delicious beverages, Cafêzz seeks to hand over diverse sound impressions to the listener. The band's style is very eclectic, embracing a wide array of Caribbean, Brazilian, Latin, Jazz, Funk, Rock, Folk and Classical influences.
Shortly after formed, the band has performed alongside top musicians like David Sánchez, Humberto Ramírez, Luis Perico Ortíz, Ricardo Pons and Oskar Cartaya, and has played at the Puerto Rico Jazz Jam Fest, Carolina International Jazz Festival, Heineken’s Ventana al Jazz, and Inter Metro Jazz Festival, among others. Recently, Cafêzz visited and performed in Los Angeles, California and at Dazzle Jazz Club in Denver, Colorado, and will continue touring overseas in the upcoming months.
“Cafêzz” is, in fact, the combination of the words café (coffee in Spanish) and jazz, and it captures their notion that a customary coffee moment could also be an occasion to share music with friends.
Their original music presents an ample melodic content combined with tasty rhythms, giving the listener rich aural textures to enjoy with ease.
Even though it includes elements from jazz, its performance is not focused on individual instrument virtuosity, but relies on the ensemble’s communication and interaction.
Cafêzz was formed in San Juan, Puerto Rico during the summer of 2014 by pianist Carmen Noemí and bassist Edgardo "Egui" Sierra, after completion and release of their Music & Friends CD. Their first formal performance was on August 13, 2014, during the Music & Friends release party at Downtown Bar & Grill in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico. The live concert featured 16 musicians who participated in the recording process, plus several special guests.
Following Downtown's presentation the group adopted several formats. The trio’s interplay included drummer Freddie Burgos, and made it easy to add Christian Galíndez on “latin percussion” (quartet), Norberto "Tiko" Ortíz on saxophone (Cafêzz Quintet); and Waldemar Reyes on “ethnic percussion” (sextet format).