Harold López-Nussa: Timba a la Americana

Cuban-born pianist and composer Harold Lόpez-Nussa begins an exciting new chapter of his career with his Blue Note debut Timba a la Americana, an album teeming with joy and pathos that was inspired by the pianist’s recent decision to leave his Cuban homeland. Produced by Snarky Puppy bandleader Michael League, Timba a la Americana unveils a brand-new sound performed by a tight-knit band featuring harmonica virtuoso Grégoire Maret, Luques Curtis on bass, Bárbaro “Machito” Crespo on congas, and Harold’s brother Ruy Adrián López-Nussa on drums.

Accolades abound for Brazilian guitarist Diego Figueiredo. In the words of jazz critic Scott Yanow “Diego has the rare ability of making everything sound beautiful.” George Benson has said “Diego is one of the greatest guitarists I’ve seen in my whole life!”  Guitar Magazine wrote of a live performance “Seemingly effortless and totally fabulous.”

Diego Figueiredo lives in, with, and for the music. Born in 1980 in Franca, São Paulo State, he began playing music at four years old. By the age of twelve he had already attracted a local following, and when he was fifteen, he was drawing huge crowds around Brazil. Diego has recorded over two dozen albums and is the winner of several competitions including The Montreux Jazz Guitar Competition, and Brazil’s VISA Prize.