7-time GRAMMY-nominated composer and pianist Omar Sosa has forged a distinctive
musical path, fusing an array of jazz, world music, hip-hop, and electronic elements with his AfroCuban roots. Omar Sosa’s debut at the Blue Whale will be in support of his current CD, JOG, featuring award-winning German trumpet player Joo Kraus. The Duo, exemplifying Omar’s philosophy of jazz as freedom, is improvisation-based, each player bringing his musical roots to the collective experience. Omar and Joo both use various electronic effects and samples, and Joo contributes occasional spoken word vocals. The Duo’s repertoire includes a number of Omar’s signature compositions – “My Three Notes”, “Light In The Sky”, and “Muevete en D” – as well as material from their new CD, “JOG”, which received a 4.5-star review in the November 2016 issue Downbeat magazine.
Joo Kraus was part of Omar's "Afri-Lectric Experience", the sextet that recorded Omar's
Miles Davis "Kind of Blue" tribute CD in 2012 entitled "EGGUN", and which received a GRAMMY nomination in the Best Latin Jazz category. Joo received a 2012 ECHO award in Germany for Best Trumpet Player. In 1999, Mr. Kraus received international acclaim with a Duo project with German bassist Hellmut Hattler called Tab Two, and their chart topping CD release, "Two Thumbs Up". And in 2006, Joo received a GRAMMY nomination for his CD project with the SWR Bigband entitled "Public Jazz Lounge".
Omar Sosa - piano/keys
Joo Kraus - trumpet