“One of the world’s great Cuban pianists. [Nachito] blends jaw-dropping technique and rich, powerful soulfulness in an amazing display of musical power and emotion.” – TEDx Talks “Ginger possesses some of the sweetest and most clarion pipes in town.” – City Pages
A special double bill featuring two artists with particularly strong and historic ties to the Dakota.
Ignacio “Nachito” Herrera is acclaimed as one of the world’s greatest Cuban pianists in command of traditional classical and contemporary musical idioms. Nachito brings astounding technique and natural talent to compose explosive music that overwhelms The Dakota with powerful energy.
Herrera stunned Cuban audiences at the age of 12, performing Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 2 with the Havana Symphony Orchestra. He later joined the famed Cubanismo as the lead pianist, arranger, and Musical Director. He was also a special guest for the Afro-Cuban All-Stars. Nachito has played at many of the world’s finest concert halls and prestigious jazz festivals. He has had many awards, including City Pages Best Jazz Artist for four years, Emmys, Grammys, Minnesota Music Awards, and the Immigrants of Distinction Award, among many others.
A member of the Midwest music scene for many years, Ginger Commodore is a regular visitor to The Dakota stage. Classically trained, gospel-influenced, and jazz-inspired, Ginger’s musical foundation is a true amalgam of musical styles presented with her own unique delivery.