By Margaret Winter
The Jazz Society of Ecuador is now hostinga weekly solo show by singer-guitarist Luis Ullauri,every Tuesday night at the Jazz Society Café.
Ullauri, who performs Latin American ballads in the Nueva Trova tradition, has a rapidly growing and ardent fandom in Cuenca. His fire, finesse, nuance and verve as a balladeer, the power, warmth and resonance of his vocal timbre, his classical guitar technique and brilliant baroque-inspired guitar arrangements, make him an interpreter like no other of the great romantic ballads of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries from Mexico, Cuba, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Peru, Ecuador and Spain.
Part of the Jazz Society’s special charm is its tradition of presenting an eclectic mix of jazz with other musical genres performed by first-rate artists in an intimate and romantic venue. Incomparable jazz pianist Jim Gala, the James Gala Trio, and a changing international cast of outstanding guest artists, play every Wednesday through Saturday night, with Ulluari performing Latin American ballads between the sets of jazz.
The addition of Ullauri’sTuesday night solo show to the Jazz Society Café’s Wednesday-Saturday roster is another big gift by the Society to Cuenca’s flourishing music scene.
The Jazz Society Café is ranked #1 in Cuenca in the nightlife category by TripAdvisor.com. The Café is located on the second floor of La Viña restaurant, at the corner of Luis Cordero and Juan Jaramillo. Dinner and drinks service, from La Viña’s menu, is available Tuesdays through Saturdays, starting at 6.30PM.
Tuesday nights: Luis UllauriperformsLatin American ballads, 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., cover charge $5.
Wednesday through Saturday nights: Jazz by The James Gala Trio and guest artists, withLatin American music between sets of jazz, 7:30 p.m. -10 p.m., cover charge $10.