WHITE BEAR LAKE, Minn. (FOX 9) – A giant honor for an internationally identified jazz musician who calls Minnesota house.
The White Bear Lake resident is returning to his native nation for the primary time since recovering from a virtually lethal case of COVID-19.
For Nachito Herrera, music is the right language to carry folks collectively.
Despite the fact that he is already thought of top-of-the-line Latin jazz pianists on the planet, he’ll quickly be acting on his largest stage but.
“For me, it is an enormous deal as a result of I really like my nation. I really like my music. I really like my folks,” stated Herrera.
Since transferring to Minnesota from Cuba greater than 20 years in the past, Herrera has returned to his native nation greater than a half dozen instances. However his subsequent go to would be the most significant but.
He’ll headline the Havana Worldwide Jazz Pageant subsequent week, the place he’ll carry out a gap live performance, conduct a grasp class for highschool and faculty college students, and host a closing night time gala the place he’ll play with the Cuban Nationwide Symphony Orchestra and nationwide choir.
Nachito Herrera, world-renowned jazz musician from Cuba (FOX 9)
“It’s a huge celebration. Celebrating we’re right here. We’re alive. We’re mates. We’re going to get collectively,” stated Herrera.
Herrera has good purpose to rejoice.
In March of 2020, a extreme case of COVID-19 left him in a coma for 2 weeks and at one level docs advised his spouse he might solely have hours to reside.
When he acquired out of the hospital, Herrera says he realized life is brief, and he does not wish to take it with no consideration anymore.
“For me, it modified my life. I do not wish to waste time. I do not wish to waste any minute, any second of my life,” stated Herrera.
Jazz pianist Nachito Herrera is headlining the Havana Worldwide Jazz Pageant subsequent week.
Herrera wrote a tune referred to as “Esperanza” for the docs and nurses who saved his life, and he’ll carry out it for the primary time in particular person in Havana.
The title means “hope” and Herrera says that is what his brush with loss of life has given him for the long run.
“If you wish to do one thing at present, do it as a result of you do not know in case you are going to have the ability to do it tomorrow,” stated Herrera.