Cuban Jazz Pianist Nachito Herrera “Can Melt Snow Off the Sidewalk”

From Afro-Cuban All Stars, he comes to Folsom for a solo performance.

August 06, 2019

Folsom, CA — Ignacio “Nachito” Herrera’s talent was recognized early on; he performed Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Havana Symphony Orchestra at age 12. Well known to North American jazz audiences — he’s toured America with the Afro-Cuban All Stars and was lead pianist and musical director of ¡Cubanismo! — Nachito Herrera is one of the great Cuban pianists. Blending jaw-dropping technique and a rich soulfulness for an exceptional display of musical power and emotion, he combines Western classical music with traditional Cuban rhythms. “With unbridled freedom, he jams with potent montunos and high-energy timba to solos that can melt snow off the sidewalk” (Latin Beat Magazine).

Nachito Herrera will perform solo on Friday, August 16 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $38; Children and Students with ID $12. Tickets are available online at www.harriscenter.net or from the Harris Center Ticket Office at 916-608-6888 from 12 noon to 6 pm, Monday through Saturday, and two hours before show time. Parking is included in the price of the ticket. The Harris Center is located on the west side of Folsom Lake College campus in Folsom, CA, facing East Bidwell Street.

Although he has been residing in Minnesota for the past few years, his renown is growing. He has played multiple times at the preeminent piano festival in North America, the Gilmore Festival. In 2011 Herrera was part of a 40-city tour of American performing arts centers and theaters as the pianist in the Afro-Cuban All-Stars.

Ignacio “Nachito” Herrera’s talent was recognized early on; as mentioned above, he performed Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 at age 12, and revisited that experience in 2012, appearing again with the Havana Symphony and playing Rachmaninoff while on a tour of the US.

Combining Western Classical music with traditional Cuban rhythms, Herrera has been at the forefront of an exciting renaissance in Cuban music. While in his twenties, Herrera took the job of Musical Director at the famous “Tropicana” nightclub in Cuba, playing every night and deepening his repertoire.

Next month at the Harris Center

Backed by Merle Haggard’s band, The Strangers, Kris Kristofferson has reportedly rediscovered his stride and returns for an encore engagement August 21; tickets are almost gone. The tribute One Night of Queen by Gary Mullen & The Works on August 22 is sold out. Keyboard Conversations With Jeffrey Siegel returns for his ninth season at the Harris Center with Mozart and Haydn – Humor and Heartache on August 24. Presented in conjunction with Danny Zelisko Presents, ex-Moody Blues front man Justin Hayward (“Tuesday Afternoon,” “Nights in White Satin”) brings his acoustic trio to Folsom August 27.

This Year Marks Nine Seasons of Great Shows. Up Close. In Folsom!

The Harris Center for the Arts at Folsom Lake College brings the community together to share in cultural experiences, presenting the work of artists from throughout the region and around the world. Built and operated by the Los Rios Community College District, the $50 million, state-of-the-art regional performing arts center boasts three intimate venues with outstanding acoustics, an art gallery, a recording studio, elegant teaching spaces, plenty of safe parking and all the other amenities of a world-class performing arts venue. Each year the Center hosts over 400 events attracting 150,000 annually.

Event Summary


  • Friday, August 16 at 7:30 pm
  • Harris Center for the Arts at Folsom Lake College
    10 College Parkway, Folsom, CA 95630
  • $38; Children and Students with ID $12.
  • Ticket Office 916-608-6888
  • Mon - Sat 12 PM - 6 PM and 2 hours before show times
  • www.HarrisCenter.net

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