Steeped in Afro-Cuban culture from an early age and with a formal musical education in her native country, Caridad Cruz made a career as a principal singer in Cuba’s tourist hotels and night clubs for more than a decade, until marriage brought her to Canada in late 2003. Her Canadian musical debut the following spring was broadcast nationally by the CBC and her “warm ocean of a voice” was applauded in the Globe and Mail. Since then she has excited and mesmerized audiences with her own special mix of salsa, Latin jazz, and traditional Cuban songs, in Toronto, Montreal, New York and all around Ottawa. “Havana native Caridad Cruz packs a powerful punch,” pronounced The Ottawa Citizen. “To really appreciate Caridad Cruz's music, you have to see her perform live.”
Caridad will be bringing her new septet straight from its June 30 debut at the Ottawa Jazz Festival and its sold-out performance September 7 at the National Arts Centre. The group features Havana-born musical director Miguel de Armas, a brilliant and imaginative musician of great renown in Cuba.
Caridad Cruz with:
Miguel de Armas – piano
César Ricardo – vocals and guitar
Rick Rangno – trumpet
Marc Decho – bass
Reynier Garcia – congas
Arien Villegas – percussion
When & Where
The Mercury Lounge has been a Mecca for the arts in Canada's capital city of Ottawa, since its inception in November 1996. Its programming purports a musical vision steeped in the traditions of jazz and yet forward in its approach to encompass all its many derivatives. Through its dynamic programming, the Mercury Lounge has successfully connected the dots, uniting jazz with contemporary electronic break beat culture. Within its walls the very philosophy of jazz, that of change, abounds. It serves not only as a club, and live venue, but also for poetry readings, dance performances and art gallery.