The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts presents Nachito Herrera and the Havana Jazz All Stars on Saturday, Sept. 24. This will be the Minnesota jazz icon’s third time performing at the Ordway. This year’s show will kick off the Ordway’s 2022-2023 season and is part of the Ordway Presents series.
Nachito Herrera and the Havana Jazz All Stars will be introduced by Twins Hall of Famer and Cuban native Tony Oliva
“Performers like Nachito Herrera make you feel the music inside your soul, playing both original and well-known songs that give you the uncontrollable urge to dance in your seat,” said Ordway Vice President of Programming and Education Dayna Martinez. “He will bring the sounds of Havana to Saint Paul, and we are thrilled that his exhilarating show will set the stage for our 2022-2023 season.”
Ignacio “Nachito” Herrera is a hot classic Cuban piano Latin jazz performer who started his career at just 12 years old. He later joined the famed “Cubanismo” as the lead pianist, arranger and musical director. Herrera has played at many of the world’s finest concert halls and prestigious jazz festivals, and he has received many awards. including Emmy and Grammy Awards.
Herrera has been playing with his own band, as well as with different projects and orchestras, including the Minnesota Orchestra, The Wayzata Symphony Orchestra (Marlene Pauley, Music Director), Youth Symphony, Metropolitan Orchestra, Cuban National Symphony, Naples Philharmonic Orchestra, Chippewa Valley Symphony, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Big Band, and many others.
“Minnesota-based jazz pianist Nachito Herrera is the perfect start to our 2022-2023 Ordway Presents lineup, and we can’t wait for the energy and joy his artistry will bring to our guests,” said Ordway President and CEO Chris Harrington. “As we honor Hispanic Heritage month, we are pleased to welcome two Cuban natives, Nachito Herrera and Tony Oliva, to the Ordway stage and celebrate the history, culture and contributions of Hispanic Americans.”
Tony Oliva, former right fielder for the Minnesota Twins, will welcome and present Herrera. Olivia was born in Pinar del Río, Cuba, and came to the United States in 1961 to play baseball for the Minnesota Twins. Oliva retired from baseball in 1976 with a career .304 batting average, 1,917 total hits, 329 doubles, 220 home runs and 947 RBI. He was named to the American League All-Star team in eight straight seasons (1964-71), and most recently was inducted to the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame in 2022.
Tickets start at $37 and can be purchased online at Ordway.org, by phone at 651-224-4222 or in-person at the Ordway ticket office one hour prior to the show.