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Warm up a winter night with a Cuban beat
Havana Son Trio performs for Intimate Jazz series
Cuban native Rene Herrera and his wife, Llilian Herrera, bring Havana Son Trio to Gainesville on Friday.

Havana Son Trio

Evenings of Intimate Jazz

When: 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1

Where: Smithgall Arts Center, 331 Spring St., Gainesville

How much: $30, $25 for six or more, $125 for series

More info: 770-534-2787,

Ready for a sunsplash of Caribbean rhythm to brighten up the cold, dreary winter days?

The next concert in The Arts Council’s Evenings of Intimate Jazz series will warm up the Smithgall Arts Center on Friday, Feb. 1, with the Latin American sounds of the Havana Son Trio. The show begins at 8 p.m.

The group was created by Cuban native Rene Herrera, an award winning composer and arranger as well as a former Mercury Records recording artist. This world-renowned bandleader brings his music to life through his use of piano, vocals, guitar and TRES (Traditional Cuban Stringed Instrument).

His wife, Llilian Herrera, also is of Cuban heritage and adds her unique vocal style to create and intoxicating cocktail of Latin and American sounds. She graduated with a degree in music from the Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, Ohio, and studied Opera at Boston University under the training of Carlo Bergonzi, one of the top vocal coaches in the world. She has sung professionally in the classical music world as well as with many Latin bands.

Havana Son plays authentic Latin rhythms such as Salsa, Merengue, Son, Cha Cha, boleros, bachata, vallenato, cumbia and more.

Upcoming performers in the series include the Evan Christopher Trio on March 23, Annie Sellick Trio on April 13 and Joe Gransden & Kenny Banks on May 18.

Tickets to each show are $30, $25 for the purchase of six or more, or $125 for the series of five shows. For tickets, call 770-534-2787 or visit

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