by Bob Weinberg, Jazziz

“Gonzalo Rubalcaba first glimpsed the New York skyline in 1993, when he was granted permission to travel from his native Cuba to attend a memorial service for Dizzy Gillespie. Ironically, Gillespie had been angling to bring the young pianist to the U.S. to tour with him, but had been repeatedly denied the proper permits. A year later, Rubalcaba received a work visa and an invitation to play Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall with his Cuban quartet, as well as with two more of his jazz-world champions, Charlie Haden and Jack DeJohnette.”

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