The Connection: Jazz & Art

Honfleur reopens this Friday at 7pm with new works by Gustavo Díaz Sosa.

In 1998 Gustavo was accepted by the Academia Nacional de Bellas Artes (National Academy of Fine Arts) “San Alejandro” in La Habana, Cuba. During this time, he was able to showcase his work at several solo exhibitions and in August of 2000 was honored with the presence of Fidel Castro at the exhibition titled “Tiempo, entre silencios pictóricos” (Time in between silent drawings). The critics and the press facilitated the public recognition that would lead his career expansion.

Gustavo Diaz Sosa graduated with the golden title in 2002. He has since moved to Spain, exhibiting widely, invited as a resident artist at Arteleku in San Sebastian, and settled in the outskirts of Madrid, where he lives and works today. More recently Gustavo returned to Habana, Cuba for a solo exhibition at the Gallery,Kingdom of This World. Honfleur gallery has been working with Gustavo since 2009 and is pleased to present never before seem mixed media works on canvas and six new charcoal works on paper.

Starting at 8pm, THE CONNECTION, a free jazz performance by Butch Warren & Freddie Redd accompanied by a photographic slide show by Antoine Sanfuentes. A poetry reading by local poet, Fred Joiner, will also happen in between sets. 

Born in 1939, Butch Warren began his career as a jazz bassist at the ripe age of 14. Early on, the bassist worked locally in the Washington, D.C., area, most notably with Stuff Smith. In 1958, he moved to New York to play with Kenny Dorham at the Five Spot and stayed in town throughout most of his career. During the next six years, Warren was in great demand for club work and appeared on many recordings, particularly dates for the Blue Note label led by Joe Henderson, Jackie McLean, Stanley Turrentine, Donald Byrd, Herbie Hancock, Dexter Gordon, Sonny Clark, and Dorham. He was a member of Thelonious Monk’s quartet from 1963-1964 and then moved back to Washington, D.C., where he worked on a television show from 1965-1966.

Freddie Redd is most notable for his work in the film, The Connection where he doubles as both pianist and actor. Born in 1928, Redd has worked extensively with highly regarded musicians and recorded several albums as leader.  The Connection is a 1961 feature film by the noted American experimental filmmaker Shirley Clarke which was based on the play “The Connection” by Jack Gelber which depicted the life of drug addicted jazz musicians.

Antoine Sanfuentes is the Washington DC Bureau Chief for NBC news that has been documenting Butch Warren’s recent life history. His photographs chronicle Butch Warren’s come back. After 4 legendary years recording for blue note records in New York (1960-1964) Butch Warren spent decades off the music scene only re appearing briefly to disappear again. These photographs document his struggle as a jazz musician and an artist.

This performance is funded, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more details: 202.580.5972