Lehman Center begins season of musical events to the rhythm of mambo and Latin jazz | The USA Print

Lehman Center begins season of musical events to the rhythm of mambo and Latin jazz | The USA Print

To kick off the 2023-2024 concert season, the Lehman Center for the Performing Arts will vibrate with an intense day to the pure rhythm of mambo and Latin jazz with artists of the stature of the orchestrato The Mambo Legendsalso accompanied by the presentations of Lucretia and Nelson González leader of the Caribbean Latin Jazz All Stars.

The event scheduled for next Saturday the 16th from 7:30 pm and produced by Roberto Sancho will bring together several luxury exponents who have collaborated with legends such as Tito Rodríguez, Ray Barretto, Tito Puente and have been nominated for the Latin Grammy Awards

The Mambo Legends orchestra was created in 2000 by former members of timbalero Tito Puente’s group, directed by John “Dandy” Rodríguez, Mitch Frohman and musical director José Madera. The famous bongo player John “Dandy” Rodríguez began his musical career as a teenager alongside none other than Tito Rodríguez. He played with Ray Barretto and Típica ’73 in the ’70s before beginning his nearly three-decade stint playing bongos in Tito Puente’s band.

Bronx native Mitch Frohman was the sax and flute soloist of the Tito Puente Orchestra for 25 years and has also performed and recorded with famous Latin artists, including Eddie and Charlie Palmieri, Paquito D’Rivera, Chico O’Farrill and the Grammy Award-winning Spanish Harlem Orchestra.

Musical director, timbalero and arranger José Madera began playing timbales with Machito as a teenager and was the first musical director of the Machito Orchestra. He was Tito Puente’s conguero for 30 years and has performed on more than 100 recordings by Latin, pop, R&B and jazz artists. Its launch, Beware! Ten Be careful! (2011) was nominated for the Latin Grammy Award for Best Salsa Album and they appeared in the 2013 documentary “Por amor al Mambo”.

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Lehman Center begins season of musical events to the rhythm of mambo and Latin jazz | The USA Print

Lucrecia has been nominated for a Latin Grammy./Courtesy

Cuban artist Lucrecia, after studying music and piano at the Instituto Superior de Arte, joined the acclaimed Anacaona women’s orchestra where she contributed vocal arrangements, played the keyboard and also made musical arrangements. She was part of the soundtrack of the Oscar-nominated film “Balseros”, directed by Carles Bosch and Josep María Domenech.

In 1996 he participated in the Tres Generaciones tour of Cuban musicians with Paquito D’Rivera and Patato Valdés and performed at the Womad Festival in Cáceres and Las Palmas de Gran Canarias. She is a producer and creator of the sociocultural event Alegría de Vivir Awards.

His album titled Álbum de Cuba, which was produced with the collaboration of Celia Cruz and Andy García, was nominated for the Latin Grammy for Best Contemporary Tropical Album in 2010. He collaborated at the American (2012) and Latin Grammy (2011) awards. . winning album The Last Mambo. She is currently doing her Agua tour in Spain and the United States.

Lehman Center begins season of musical events to the rhythm of mambo and Latin jazz | The USA Print
Nelson González Puerto Rican tresist. /Courtesy Martin Cohen

Nelson González, leader of Del Caribe Latin Jazz All Stars and renowned tresist, was born in Puerto Rico and emigrated to New York in the 1960s. His first tres was lent to him by Andy González and musicologist René López taught him the secrets of the instrument. ropes.

In 1971 he made his debut with tres in the Justo Betancourt Orchestra. He then went on to play in the Larry Harlow Orchestra, which led to the creation of the Revelation Orchestra with Ismael Miranda. In 1973 he joined Grupo Típica ’73, which won the award for Best Salsa Band in Latin America at the 1976 World Salsa Festival. His other achievements include winning the Best Tres Player of the Year award from Latin magazine. New York (1997-1999) and participation in the inauguration of President Jimmy Carter in 1977. He also appears on five albums by Grammy Award-winning artists: Gloria Estefan, Tito Puente and Eddie Palmieri. He is the leader and tresist of Del Caribe Latin Jazz All Stars, which features Johnny ‘Dandy’ Rodríguez, Bobby Allende, Rubén Rodríguez, Orestes Vilató, Ricardo Pons and Pete Nater. Nelson, along with this legendary band, released Gracias Dizzy in 2021, which is a tribute to Dizzy Gillespie.

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In detail:

That: Mambo and Latin jazz concert (The Mambo Legends, Lucrecia and Nelson González leader of the Caribe Latin Jazz All Stars).
Where: Lehman Center 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West, The Bronx, NY 10468
When: Saturday, September 16, 7:30 p.m.
Reports: lehmancenter.org or by calling 718-960-8833; for Spanish: 718-960-8835

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