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Jazz Flavors - September 28, 2018

Kick start your weekend at Cafe Istanbul on Friday 19th October with this sensational concert filled with sounds of the Caribbean and Latin America featuring Ian Villafana; Michaela Harrison, and Alexey Marti all accompanied by his quintet. Don't miss this spectacular event !!!Jazz_Flavors.png

The Cutting Edge Listening Room - June 22, 2015


Cutting Edge CE Listening Room presents the island Jazz Vibes of IAN VILLAFANA & DEX DALEY as they present jazz from the Caribbean. They will share the evening with the beautiful voice of MS. NELL SIMMONS.

Before migrating to the US, Trinidad raised Ian Villafana lived in St Croix, Virgin Islands, playing with Jimmy Hamilton of Duke Ellington fame. There he met jazz guitarist, Ed Cherry and Dizzy Gillespie. It was Ed Cherry, who pointed Ian in the right direction that led him to New Orleans.
With the release of his album entitled 'Epiphany' - Ian is now embarking on the next phase of his musical career, touring as a soloist as well as performing with fellow artists all over the country. 
Dex Daley’s musical sojourn began as a child in suburban Kingston, Jamaica, where he studied classical piano. Dex became a part of the evolution of the fledgling Rhythms of Reggae music. By age fifteen he was playing keyboards and singing in local Bands in Kingston, and had the opportunity at age seventeen to perform in bands for then rising Reggae Star Bob Marley and the Wailers.
The road to New Orleans, where Dex now resides has been colored with decades of experience. The New Orleans music community warmly welcomed Dex's fusion of the Caribbean Steel Drum sound with the traditional New Orleans Jazz and blues style.
Nell Simmons has a beautiful voice. Music has been her lifetime companion, from touching souls with her soaring vocals in the church to performing throughout New Orleans. Audiences have often been attracted to the energy that exudes from her singing style. Nell Simmons is preparing an EP of her new material. 

 Cutting Edge Listening Room

Introduced with the support of Little Gem Saloon, a restaurant/music venue, named for the 1900s Jazz Age venue that was once housed in the same building. Once an area of Downtown New Orleans where merchants, musicians and raconteurs mingled on the streets of New Orleans original Jazz District. Venues like the 1900s Little Gem Saloon are where Louis Armstrong, King Oliver, Buddy Bolden and many great originators began this great innovated music called: Jazz.
Cutting Edge seeks to pay homage to the past by simply presenting artists in their natural state of creativity.

Join us at Little Gem Saloon, 445 S Rampart St @ Poydras, Wednesday, June 24, 7:00 - 9:00 PM for a session of  the music of some of today’s most important voices.

Miss Jean's - March 8, 2014

Performing 9th Sunday from 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm at Miss Jean's (formerly Mojito's) on Frenchman St. New Orleans with vocalist Michaela Harrison. 

The Intimate Concert Series: StRiNgS & SeNtImEnTs - July 13, 2012

Featuring 4 Guitar Masters: Theron Shaw, Neil Payne, Ian Villafana and Stanley Ruiz with a special guest appearance by Ossie Merriq

At Martin's Piano Bar

Port-of-Spain, Trinidad

Contribution $100.00 TT

Contact 868-622-0289

Come check out a show with a difference!

Cafe Istanbul - July 5, 2012

Performing tonight with jazz vocalist Michaela Harrison at Cafe Istanbul from 8:00 - 11:00 pm. 2372 St. Claude Ave, New Orleans, La. (504) 975-0286

GRAND OPENING – New Orleans Healing Center - August 28, 2011

Performing today at Cafe Istanbul with Michaela Harrison for the Grand Opening of the New Orleans Healing Center at 2372 St. Claude Ave. New Orleans.

Sunday Jazz Brunch - June 17, 2011

Come and enjoy a Sunday Jazz Brunch at Sweet Lorraine's Jazz Club with vocalist Michaela Harrison and guitarist Ian Villafana from 11:00 am-3:00 pm

Jazz Evening at New Orleans Jazz Cafe - June 8, 2011

Come spend an evening with Jazz Vocalist Michaela Harrison accompanied by guitarist/recording artist Ian Villafana at the New Orleans Jazz Cafe at 109 Tchoupitoulas St. New Orleans, La. from 6:00 - 9:00 pm Friday 10th June.

Guitar Player Magazine Ad - September 1, 2010

The September issue of the Guitar Player magazine (page 128), published the Boulder Creek Music ad with my photo and Solitaire guitar. I endorse Boulder Creek guitars, with their exclusive Suspended Bracing System. When the “SBS” bracing system is incorporated with the new Boulder Creek “Solitaire” design, the sustain and tone quality are even more prevalent. By not cutting a large hole in the front soundboard of the guitar, the soundboard area is increased.

Vik's Wheelhouse Gig - August 27, 2010

Had lots of fun on my show at Vik's Wheelhouse. Both Dean and I showed everyone a preview of what they'll be listening to on the I-Jams 2011 Jazz Cruise. Met lots of fans and played songs from my cd Epiphany as well as a few cover songs with Miles on vocals.

More IAIRA Reports - August 21, 2010



CURRENT RELEASE: Klueless   CIN: 20100266310 CHART POSITION:33

CURRENT RELEASE: Tavion     CIN: 20100265610 CHART POSITION:21

CURRENT RELEASE: Asil         CIN: 20100266210  CHART POSITION:31


IAIRA Report - August 20, 2010

The International Association of Independent Recording Artists, IAIRA, recognizes and honors artistic achievement, technical proficiency, and overall excellence in sound recording by monitoring chart activity as published in various reporting charts from around the world. According to our research, on 08/20/2010 the above referenced release; Lazy In Love, by Ian Villafana, had attained The Number 20 Position on at least one of the charts monitored and verified by IAIRA. On the basis of that research, IAIRA has qualified the aforementioned release as eligible for Certification as an International 'Top 20'.

On behalf of the entire IAIRA staff and the Recording Arts Community at large, please accept our most sincere Congratulations and Best Wishes for your continued success!  


IAIRA Research Team

Epiphany in Vallejo, Ca - August 17, 2010

I'll be performing at the Wheelhouse in Vallejo, California on 27th August - an evening for the ladies, filled with romantic music, songs from my cd Epiphany. Showtime is at 7:30 pm till 9:00 pm.

Fusion Bag Photo Session - July 24, 2010

Had a cool photo session with Joe Stewart ( outside the House Of Blues in New Orleans for my endorsement agreement with Fusion Bags. It was fun as usual and the folks on the sidewalk were entertaining. We had lunch at the HOB before heading back home.

Texas Gigs with Dean James - July 18, 2010

Had a great weekend sitting in with saxophonist Dean James and his talented musicians both at the Red Cat Jazz Cafe and at the Groove of Beaumont Jazz Club. The atmosphere was conducive to smooth jazz in all its elements and the audience was receptive and wonderful.

Fusion Dreadnought Guitar Bag - July 12, 2010

Received my new model Dreadnought Fusion Guitar Bag, orange and black, which I choose from their super line of bags. I couldn't believe how robust yet comfortable and adaptable this bag really is. I feel secure transporting my Solitaire guitar in this designer bag..excellent protection all around. The features are too numerous to mention, compartments everywhere. I can even attach accessory bags, laptop bags and back packs to it. The amazing thing is that it is lightweight and facilitates traveling around to my gigs. Visit for more.

Guitar World Ad - July 12, 2010

Got great news today from Jeff Strametz, VP of Sales Artist Relations for Boulder Creek Music that the Guitar World buyers guide magazine hit the shelves last weekend with my photo with the Solitaire Guitar...a full page ad, page 89. I couldn't wait to get to Barnes & Noble to pick up a couple copies. This is so cool. Thanks to my super photographer Joe Stewart of whose artistry speaks for itself and the folks at Boulder Creek Music with their great guitars.

Artist Spotlight with - June 30, 2010

My interview with Jeff and LaTesha Gonzales for was published today. He did an excellent job with the Artist Spotlight feature. I couldn't wait to see it after reading his email that it was done. has all the information about what's going on in New Orleans. Everything you need to know about local music, food, restaurants and cultural events is readily available in their magazine. - June 15, 2010

Had a cool interview with Jeff and LaTesha Gonzales for the next artist spotlight article in

Smooth & Soul - Starportrait - June 13, 2010

Just received information about my Starportrait review by Hans-Bernd Hülsmann of Smooth & Soul, the guide to the world of smooth jazz. It's on of the greatest resources for information about smooth jazz worldwide; more than 1700 pages.

Dean James gig - May 16, 2010

Looks like I may be travelling to Houston to sit in with recording artist, saxophonist Dean James who will be on the 2011 I-Jams cruise with me. Most likely it will be at the Red Cat Jazz Cafe where he performs routinely.

Nashville NAMM ad - May 14, 2010

Jeff Strametz, Vice President of Sales and Artist Relations at Morgan Hill Music Co.
Boulder Creek Guitars, informed me that my photo with the Solitaire guitar will also be used for their order sheet with dealer terms at the Summer NAMM show in Nashville,Tn.

Boulder Creek ad - May 13, 2010

Great news from Boulder Creek Music. They decided to submit a full page ad in the Guitar World magazine featuring one of my Solitaire guitar photos. If all goes as planned it should be coming out in the next September issue, hitting the news stands in late July. Wow!

I-Jams Jazz Cruise 2011 - May 1, 2010

Found out from DJ Triple J of Ozcat Radio, that I was selected along with other Indie recording artists to perform on the I-Jams Cruise 2011. This cruise will be on the Carnival Freedom leaving on 30th January from Fort Lauerdale, Fl. to San Juan Puerto Rico, St.Thomas USVI, Antigua, Tortola BVI, Nassau,Bahamas returning 6th February 2011. Visit for details.

T&T Guardian Interview - April 25, 2010

Another article about 'Epiphany' was published in the Trinidad Guardian today.
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