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The Leo Blanco Trio performs in Brandon

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See Leo Blanco and his trio performing a mix of African and Latina music at Brandon Music on Thursday, Oct. 25.

Brandon Music, located at 62 Country Club Road in Brandon, will present the Leo Blanco Trio on October 25 at 7:30 p.m.
Leo Blanco grew up in Mérida, Venezuela, where from an early age he was surrounded by Venezuelan folklore (a blend of African and European musical traditions) as well as jazz, classical and pop music. At 16, he moved to Caracas where he studied music and worked as music director at the city's renowned jazz venue, the Juan Sebastian Bar.

Blanco moved to Boston in 1996 to study at the Berklee College of Music and New England Conservatory. In March 1996, Blanco was the first Latin American to win a prestigious Boston Jazz Society Award. In May of the same year, he received the Billboard Grant Award which recognized his "talent, commitment, achievement and other attributes indicating that he is likely to make a significant contribution to society through music." Blanco was then commissioned to write "End of the Amazonia" for the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra and he further grew on the international music scene with forays into North American folk, Afro-Latin, and classical music. Blanco's most recent album "Africa Latina" combines African music with music of Venezuela, Colombia and Peru.

Grammy-winning pianist Danilo Perez says that Leo Blanco "inspires and gives you new sensations!"

General admission is $12. Venue is BYOB. For information, contact 802-465-4071 or info@brandon-music.net