Over the course of her colorful career, Susan Werner has earned a reputation as a daring and innovative songwriter with a killer live show. She's best known for her concept albums, where she updates traditional styles of music with sharp, funny, incisive lyrics. Her 2017 release An American In Havana is the result of two trips to Cuba in the past two years, and blends Cuban rhythms with Werner's signature storytelling, humor, and poetry.
Susan will be joined by long time friends and frequent band members Mayra Casales and Adam Chaffins.
Mayra Casales is considered to be one of the most versatile percussionists of her generation. Born in Havana, Cuba and raised in Miami, Mayra studied with Carlos "Patato" Valdez. Before long she was performing with some of the biggest names in Latin music such as Celia Cruz, Machito, Joe Cuba, Miguelito Valdez and Tito Puente.Mayra moved to New York City where she continued her musical journey, working with such legendary artists as Dizzy Gillespie, Wayne Shorter, Ray Barretto, Angela Bofil, Walter Bishop Jr., Jon Lucien, Phyllis Hyman, Carmen Lundy, Tania Maria, David Amram, Regina Carter and Grady Tate.
Equally at home leading a band and playing a support role, Adam Chaffins is one of those rare musicians who can always bring a unique musical voice to a project while simultaneously blending in to showcase the musicians he collaborates with. A native of Eastern Kentucky, the son of a coal miner and social worker, Chaffins grew up on Country Music Highway (Highway 23), surrounded by shrines to local heroes who’ve made their mark on American musical
“Susan Werner, a clever songwriter and engaging performer, brings literacy and wit back to popular song.” -- The New Yorker
“One of the most innovative songwriters working today.” -- Chicago Tribune
“When it comes to crafting a song, Ms. Werner’s only peers are Jimmy Webb and Paul Simon.” -- No Depression