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Café Central Madrid



Every night mixing music and life in the heart of Madrid

October 22, 23 and 24



Leo Sidran – vocals, guitar
Max Darmon – bass guitar
Romain Bouiges – drums
Paul Sany – keyboard

When Grammy-winning multi-instrument producer and singer-songwriter Leo Sidran wrote the song Trying Times in early 2020, he had no idea how clairvoyant it would turn out. When Grammy-winning multi-instrumentalist producer and singer-songwriter Leo Sidran wrote the song Trying Times in early 2020, he had no idea how prescient it would turn out to be. The song, like Leo himself, fell somewhere between jazz, singer-songwriter and pop music and spoke simply to the complexity of the moment, “You have to laugh to keep from crying, but it’s not that funny, it’s hard times.”

October 29, 30 and 31


Iván Mellén – percussions

Ramiro Morales – baroque guitar and archlute

Antonio Toledo – Spanish guitar

Andreas Prittwitz – winds (saxophone, clarinet and flutes)

Can you imagine listening to John Dowland’s “Lachrimae Antiquae” played by a modern clarinet? Or Juan del Encina’s “Las tres morillas” with an improvised soprano saxophone solo between percussion sounds, viola da gamba and guitar? Or Pergolesi’s “Stabat Mater Dolorosa” performed with clarinet, saxophone and strings? Or some “Prelude” by F. Chopin joining the piano with a tenor saxophone? This is what the Looking Back project is all about.

The union of improvised music with compositions from different musical periods, from the renaissance to Chopin (for now), mixing the timbre of the instruments of those periods, pio flutes, violin, viola da gamba or piano with the modern sonorities of the saxophone or clarinet.

November 2, 3 and 4


Yuvisney Aguilar – timbal

Iván Ruíz – bass

Harold Rey – piano

Ángel Herrera – congas

This new project revisits the elegance of the music of the 50s and 60s in Cuba, where great masters such as Bebo Valdés, Ernesto Lecuona, Armando Romeu, Franck Emilio, Orlando “Cachao” López, Pedro Justiz “Peruchín”, Guillemo Barreto, Walfredo de los Reyes, Arístides Soto (Tata Güines) among others, created an unmistakable style within Latin music, marking a well-defined and unmistakable path in the whole world.

November 5, 6 and 7


Betta Berodia – vocals

Pablo Sanpa – guitar

Pascual Monge – drums

Diego De la Torre – bass

The Madrid singer Betta Berodia, accompanied by the great guitarist Pablo Sanpa, offer a show full of Afro-American music, with a breath of elegance and know-how, thanks to the great quality of musicians that make up this band accompanied by an exquisite repertoire. Undoubtedly, a show of black music made with respect and a lot of groove getting the whole audience to enjoy their performances.

November 9 and 16


Javi Peña – guitar
Manuel Bagüés – bass guitar
Gonzalo Maestre – drums
Leonor Watling – vocals

Javi Peña leads a trio of experienced musicians who come from different formations, Marlango, Red House, Gn3, Revolver… They have their own personal proposal rooted in American music. They mix Jazz, Western Swing, Country Blues, Folk, Twang? improvising and giving rise to a heterogeneous soundscape, at times abstract and colorful, at times rhythmic and precious. On this occasion, Leonor Watling joins them, for the first time outside the Marlago project with which they have already shared stages all over the world. Watling delves into jazz standards from Billie Holiday to updated versions of Leonard Cohen.

November 12, 13 and 14


Joshua Edelman – piano

Eric Surmenian – bass

Juan Luis Castaño – drums

With his trio project Back Home Again, Joshua Edelman brings us the most deeply rooted jazz from the streets of his native New York in tune with classical, Cuban and Brazilian traditions. “Jazz is connection. Connection is love, rhythm, dance, music, tuning and performance; it is breath, inspiration and intuition. Connections are forged through time and shared experiences; through the ancestors, the teachers and the intertwined oral tradition that nurtures the evolution of music; that magical manifestation of history, geography, passion and spirituality. Back Home Again is the story of two shores on both sides of the Atlantic, which merge in a boundless romance ”. (Joshua Edelman).

November 19, 20 and 21


Carita Boronska – vocals, piano

Gladston Galliza – vocals, guitar (19 y 21)

Sean Clapis – guitar (20)

Nantha Kumar – percussion

Carita Boronska was born in Uppsala, Sweden. He won the Young Composer / Writers Award selected by STIM (Swedish Author Society) at the age of 19. He studied music, arts, singing, film and screenwriting in Denmark for 3 years and later obtained a scholarship from Berklee College of Music. At Berklee he won the Annual Composition Competition on two consecutive occasions, in addition to preparing for Filmscoring. Throughout her career, Carita has had the opportunity to meet and work with a wide range of famous artists and musicians; including Richard Evans (arranger and producer for Natalie Cole, Stan Getz, etc.), Bob Cranshaw (Sonny Rollins), Chad Wright (drummer for The Jackson Brothers / Chaka Khan), Ed Epstein, Randy Brecker, Kenny Kirkland, Nils Lan Doky, David Gilmore, Anne Linnet, Israel Sandoval, Ed Epstein and many more.

November 26, 27 and 28


Francisco Simón – guitar

Luis Regidor – vocals, guitar

Manuel Bagüés – bass

Carlos Sánchez – drums

After a year as convulsive as 2020, Red House starts a new decade, hoping it will be Happy 20, full of new projects, illusion and changes. With more than 20 years behind them, Red House is renewed, RENACE with a new logo, songs, repertoire and a new voice that will accompany from now on the new Red House Revival line-up, led by Francisco Simón and his guitar. Red House Revival will continue to amaze us with the freshness, energy and quality of their live performances, now more than ever!


October 15, 16 and 17


Mariano Díaz – piano
Lucio Lupano – guitar
Joan Codina – bass
Daniel Pimenta – drums
Lara Vizuete – vocals (16th and 17th)

Grammy Award-nominated pianist Mariano Díaz presenting his new project Boogie Girl. Mariano Díaz, Argentine composer, pianist and keyboard player who has lived in Madrid for years, is one of the most sought-after on the national music scene. He has been part of prominent groups such as the Perico Sambeat Quintet, New York Flamenco Reunion, Gerardo Núñez Ensamble, Javier Colina-Antonio Serrano Quintet or the Pedro Iturralde Quintet, among others. The musician has also collaborated in the works of great musicians such as Eric Marienthal, Marc Miralta, Pedro Iturralde, Paquito D’Rivera, David Liebman, Jorge Prado, Seamus Blake, Dick Oatts or the Chicago Simphony Orchestra. He is currently a tenured professor at the Musikene Higher Conservatory of the Basque Country.

October 8, 9 and 10


Lluís Coloma – piano
Manolo Germán – bass
Arnau Julià – drums

Lluís Coloma Trio offers a personal music and a repertoire that, combining tradition and originality, fuses in a natural and innovative way the music of New Orleans, Rhythm & Blues, Boogie Woogie, Rock, Blues… An intense and energetic show, where the surprising strength of the trio envelops an audience that quickly abandons itself to the frenetic and fast-paced rhythms of the musicians and to the passion and feeling of Coloma’s interpretation, who lives each of his concerts as a total act. A direct and fresh music that draws standing ovations and creates a hypnotic atmosphere capable of transporting the audience on exciting journeys. Lluís Coloma’s concerts are simply an overflow of enthusiasm.

October 1, 2 and 3


Manuel Machado – trumpet
Yelsy Heredia – bass
Gregorio Herreros – piano

It is always a pleasure to listen to Manuel Machado, this prodigious Cuban trumpeter knows the languages ​​of Cuban music and jazz. Its quality as a giant claims a leading place in the music that is made in this country. Excellent trio to recreate a very stimulating mix of Latin-jazz and Cuban themes meandering between the tradition of Cuba and the pulsations of jazz.