“He is a major figure in Argentinian music — an excellent example of staying true to your roots and playing to your strengths from a composer’s standpoint,” Lington says of Piazzolla. “He wasn’t a jazz improviser, per se, but there are a lot of improvisatory elements in his music and definitely a lot of jazz influence in the harmonies.”
Lington will arrange and perform such classic Piazzolla works as “Libertango,” “Escualo” and “Soledad.” For previous Summer Fests, Lington explored the songbooks of Burt Bacharach, Ray Charles, Paul Simon and Sting.
Both a treasure and pillar of the Silicon Valley jazz scene, Lington is a professor and the Coordinator of Jazz Studies at San José State University and director of San Jose Jazz’s High School All-Stars. A Grammy winner with the Pacific Mambo Orchestra, he’s also gigged and recorded with vocalist Jamie Davis, trombonist Wayne Wallace and drummer Tommy Igoe. He co-leads the Bicoastal Collective with Paul Tynan.