Wells Fargo Jazz

Dafnis Prieto Big Band

Sponsored by: Wells Fargo

Venue: Charleston Gaillard Center

Duration: Approximately 1 hour, 30 minutes


Big, bold visions from a dream jazz orchestra

“a propulsive explosion of joy, energy, and rhythm” – DownBeat

With this 17-piece band—complete with saxophones, trumpets, congas, and more—Grammy nominee and MacArthur Fellow Dafnis Prieto brings some of the world’s best Afro-Cuban musicians to Charleston. Festivalgoers may remember Prieto from 2018, when the drummer backed fellow Cuban giant Chucho Valdés at the Gaillard. This time, Prieto’s rapturous compositions take the spotlight and his inventive and propulsive rhythms drive the ensemble. Drawing on sounds from his native country and those absorbed from living in the United States, Prieto creates a colorful and multi-layered style that’s distinctly his own.


Made possible in part by the Oliver S. and Jennie R. Donaldson Charitable Trust.