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The Embassy Sponsors High-Caliber Jazz by the Oliver Griffith Quartet

Thursday, December 2 at the AGADU theater. Free admission.

Posted: November 26, 2004  

Sponsored by the Embassy of the United States of America, the jazz band Oliver Griffith Quartet will be on stage at the AGADU theater (Canelones 1122) next Thursday, December 2, starting at 8:30 pm. Admission is free.

The group was formed upon the initiative of Oliver Griffith, Political and Economic Officer for the U.S. Embassy in Montevideo and features some of the most notable local musicians, including Diego Goldstein on piano, Jorge Rodriguez on drums, Gabriel Rodriguez on bass, and Oliver Griffith himself on saxophone. The quartet will be introducing their new musical repertoire extending from "Cool" Jazz of the fifties to "Hard Bop" of the sixties and seventies to Latin Jazz.

Oliver Griffith studied music at the Conservatory of New England with some of the great masters of jazz like Sam Rivers, George Russell and Jimmy Guiffre. He has been a member of the U.S. Diplomatic Corps since 1985, and has always maintained a musical interest having performed in various countries around the world where he formed his own jazz groups, such as in Chad, the Central African Republic, Rwanda, Venezuela, Trinidad and Tobago, Germany, and France. His most outstanding performances took place at the Trinidad Pan Jazz Festival and the Chad Jazz Festival where he played with international stars like Franco de Vitta and Mary Wilson.

This group, formed in 2002, has performed regularly at a variety of venues in Montevideo such as Plaza Bolero, Che Montevideo, Don Trigo Enfrente, the Alianza Cultural Uruguay-Estados Unidos, Alliance Francaise, El Sotano, as well as festivals and a number of jazz clubs.

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