Jazz at MOCA × Luis Bofill

Friday, September 29th, 8pm | Free! Rain or Shine!!

Luis Bofill

Luis Bofill


After recording his first single in 1990 under the EGREEM (Cuba) label, Luis Bofill traveled to Europe, where he made his home. As the lead vocalist for various salsa, Latin jazz and Cuban groups such as Salsamania, Color Latino and Nueva Vision, he toured Europe performing in internationally-renowned clubs and festivals such as “Folkest” in Italy, the “Jazzmeile Fest” in Berlin and clubs like “Quasimodo”, “Franzclub” and “Floz” en Berlin and the “Fabrik” in Hamburg. In 1994 he came to Miami, where he began to work as the lead singer for the group “Cafe Nostagia” in the internationally popular Calle 8 club of the same name. With that musical ensemble he recorded two CDs “Cafe Nostalgia LIVE!” and “Te dí la vida entera”, the latter making it to the top of the charts in Paris. In 2000 he led a traditional Cuban music band named “Buenaventura” and in 2001 led his own band. The Miami New Times magazine named him “Best Musical Rejuvenation 2001” considering his sound to be one of “the hottest grooves around.”

Luis Bofill has shared the stage with stars like Ruben Blades, Mark Anthony, Luis Enrique, Bono, Al Dimeola, Olga Guillot, Paquito D’ Rivera and many others. In August 2005 he released a new production called “Costumbres” on the SONY BMG U.S. Latin label. All the compositions on the CD are by the famous Mexican composer Juan Gabriel. The producers were Omar Hernandez and Ricardo Eddy Martinez. He is working on a new project with producers Descemer Bueno and Roberto Carcasses and guests like Kelvis Ochoa and Alkebulan.


“Frontman Bofill leans his shaved head toward the dancers as he sings a live son. His deft phrasing on “Como fué” and other boleros has drawn comparisons to Benny Moré, even as his liquid delivery calls to mind contemporary R&B”  –:Judy Cantor, Miami New Times

“A well-known nightclub in Miami gave birth to “Grupo Cafe Nostalgia”, who perform live in a fashion that adds to sophistication elements of languishing regret and 3a.m. smokiness and sleaziness, qualities found not simply in the group’s music but in the resplendent voice of lead singer Luis Bofill”  –:Fredric Koeppel, The Commercial Appeal, Memphis

“La voz de la noche miamense”  –:Jose Antonio Evora, Nuevo Herald, Miami

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Upcoming Musicians:

April 28, 2017: Carlos Averhoff Jr

May 26, 2017: Haiti Jazz Roots project 

June 30, 2017: French Horn Collective

July 28, 2017: Anibal Berraute

August 25, 2017: Lisanne Lyons

September 29, 2017: Luis Bofill