Friday night, Commercial Bank, The East Tennessee Foundation and the Morristown Task Force on Diversity is presenting Kukuly Uriarte and the Gypsy Fuego in Rose Center’s Prater Hall for a night of energetic jazz and cultural exchange.
Kukuly Uriarte is a longtime student and devotee to the legacy of Django Reinhardt, and her music is rooted in a style of jazz known as “Hot Jazz,” which originated in Paris from the early 1900s through 1940s. Django Reinhardt is celebrated internationally for the development of the style, along with violinist Stephane Grappelli, and perhaps more famous for the fact he only had two ﬁngers on his left hand.
Regarding her musical mentor, Uriarte said, “It was the act of surpassing those limitations, the intensity that creates something within the individual that’s transmitted from the artist. You can see how he was an immense and beautiful inspiration to me as an immigrant. I have all my ﬁngers, but I deﬁnitely felt like I was without some part of me. His story touched me profoundly, and to be able to relate to him musically makes it even better.”
Kukuly and The Gypsy Fuego will be performing their own take on Hot Jazz at Rose Center’s Prater Hall on Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, and $12 at the door. Guests are permitted to bring adult beverages and snacks. The concert will be presented with general admission table-seating. Reserved seating is available for groups of 10 or more with prepaid tickets.