Jesús Díaz Y Su QBA
Afro-Cuban funk/jazz/rumba.Discography to date includes Jardinero.
Two-decades-and-counting musical veteran Jesus Diaz reveals that he isn’t quite sure who his contemporaries are right now – “I don’t know”, he states. The thing is: it’s not as easy a question as it initially sounds. Diaz’s method of bringing his beloved Afro-Cuban stylings to a wide audience shares few parallels with other artists. “My sound is a combination of Afro/Cuban music, popular Cuban music, and American funk,” he explains, outlining his uniqueness succinctly.
His influences share a rich cultural heritage, which Jesus has made great artistic leaps in channelling to a new era: “Beny More, Arsenio Rodriguez, Orquesta Aragon, Los van, van, Irakere, NG La Banda, and La Ritmo Oeiental,” he lists. Taking on board their sound and making it his own, Jesus has developed his craft significantly over the years. “Having the opportunity to work in many different styles of music with many different artist keeps my creativity fresh,” he says. “So I will say because I play many different styles of music, my creativity has involved tremendously.”
His band leadership is also something that has proved inspiring – Jesus has found the creative fortitude to act as a figurehead for the musicians who support him in his art (the QBA of the title). He recalls one of his proudest moments as his“first QBA CD release party at The Great American music Hall in San Francisco, when I realized that I was going to front the band not only as a leader, but also as a lead vocalist.”