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Roberto Fonseca set for 'Howard Assembly Room' in Leeds / Yorkshire Post

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Jazz pianist Roberto Fonseca's playing has long been steeped in the music of his homeland, Cuba. The son of a drummer and professional singer, as a young man he toured with the hugely popular Buena Social Club before going on to act as musical director for Gilles Peterson's Havana Cultura project. His eighth solo album, ABUC, embraces sounds from the Caribbean island's past and present. "For me it's very important where we come from," says the 41-year-old from his home in Havana on the eve of a UK tour. "It's very important Cuban traditions, from where we start to where we are working now and where we are trying to go – the past, the present and you're looking for the future. We try to get new things and we try to respect the old things – combine those and you keep the music fresh."    Fonseca plays at the Howard Assembly Room in Leeds on March 10.

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