Music Program
 

Saturday, July 28 at 8:00 p.m.

Hallwalls & Colored Musicians Club Jazz Fest 2018 present

Francisco Mela Crash Trio

In Asbury Hall at Babeville

Francisco Mela
Tickets & Festival passes here

Francisco Mela is a favorite amongst jazz's elite instrumentalists, including Joe Lovano, John Scofield, JoAnne Brackeen, Kenny Barron, Gary Bartz, Bobby Watson, and McCoy Tyner, all of whom cite his charisma, sophistication, and life-affirming spirit as an extension of his incredible talents as a composer and drummer.

Francisco Mela was born in 1968 in Bayamo, Cuba. He moved to Boston in 2000 to pursue a degree at the acclaimed Berklee College of Music and, quickly thereafter, the faculty recognized that Mela had much to offer students and promptly hired him to teach at the school. Mela rapidly made a name for himself on the Boston scene, becoming the house drummer at the legendary Wally's Café Jazz Club. It was at Wally's that Mela began developing a concept for his own band, one that would feature the sounds of modern jazz with the traditional music he grew up with in Cuba.

FE (2016) is Francisco Mela's fourth and most recent project as a leader. The self-released album spotlights two standout musicians that join him to form The CRASH* Trio: pianist Leo Genovese and bassist Gerald Cannon. Appearing as a featured guest on the recording is legendary guitarist, John Scofield. Early response to the album has been overwhelmingly positive, and the trio received tremendous support when they toured parts of Europe earlier this year. FE is of particular significance to Mela and is a tribute to his late parents.