Ninety miles is the distance between the United States and Cuba, a country known worldwide for music. Cuban music continues to be popular in the United States, even though diplomatic relations between the two nations have been frosty for decades.
Ninety Miles is also the name adopted by the group featuring three American jazz musicians who went to Havana in 2010 to record a studio album (released on the Concord Picante label) with some of the island nation’s top performers. The project also became the subject of a documentary film.
This week, vibraphonist Stefon Harris, saxophonist David Sánchez, Edward Simon (piano), Ricky Rodriguez (bass), Henry Cole (drums) and Eddy Mauricio Herrera (percussion) will present highlights of this musical collaboration during a four-night engagement in the Mondavi Center’s Vanderhoef Studio Theatre (in the popular cabaret configuration), Wednesday through Saturday at 8 p.m. Tickets are $38-$42 general, $19-$21 students, available at www.mondaviarts.org or 530-754-2787.