Robert Jospé presents “The Journey of the Clave” at PVCC

Robert Jospe Express Trio performing

As part of its 2018-19 Fine Arts and Performance season, Piedmont Virginia Community College will host the Robert Jospé Express trio for “The Journey of the Clave” on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 7:30 p.m., in the Main Stage Theatre in the V. Earl Dickinson Building on the college’s Main Campus in Charlottesville.

Using commentary, audience participation and live renditions of selections from the diverse array of styles that fall under the genre of Latin music, the concert will highlight the ways in which the five-beat clave rhythm operates as the musical and historical key that unlocks the link between Africa, Afro-Cuban and Latin music, jazz and much of today’s hip-hop, R&B, funk and rock and roll.
The trio features Jospé playing a wide variety of percussion instruments and a full drum set, former keyboardist for the Dave Matthews Band Butch Taylor, and Professor of Guitar Instruction at Lynchburg College Brian Mesko on electric bass.

Jospé is a master percussionist, composer, bandleader and music educator who has performed and recorded with many notable bands playing a wide variety of styles. Jospé joined the University of Virginia’s music department faculty in 1989, where he teaches jazz drumming and rhythmic fluency, and performs as a member of UVA’s faculty jazz ensemble.

Ticket prices are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students. Tickets are available for purchase online at, by calling the PVCC Box Office at 434.961.5376 (major credit cards accepted), by visiting Greenberry’s Coffee (Barracks Road Shopping Center), or the PVCC Cashier’s Office during normal business hours. Tickets may also be purchased starting two hours prior to the performance at the PVCC Box Office, located in the lobby of the V. Earl Dickinson Building.

The V. Earl Dickinson Building is located at the south end of College Drive. For more information, email or call 434.961.5376. View the full 2018-19 Twentieth Anniversary Fine Arts and Performance Season online at

Robert Jospé Express’s performance is supported in part by funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Virginia Commission for the Arts. Media support is provided by CBS19 News.