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Spanish Harlem Orchestra at Kuumbwa Jazz

October 2 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Spanish Harlem Orchestra
Monday, October 2
Kuumbwa Jazz Center

The Spanish Harlem Orchestra’s passionate revitalization of the salsa tradition has earned the New York-based Latin ensemble two Grammy awards and a large, enthusiastic fan base. Led by pianist/arranger/producer Oscar Hernandez, the thirteen-member orchestra has consistently filled concert and dance halls with fiery Latin grooves during its fifteen-year existence. Hernandez started the Spanish Harlem Orchestra in 2002 and produced their debut recording, which won the Latin Billboard award for Salsa Album of the Year and a Grammy nomination. Their fifth and most recent album is simply titled Spanish Harlem Orchestra.

Oscar Hernandez, born in the Bronx in 1954, grew up in the ’60s, heavily influenced by the sound, rhythms, and culture of nearby Spanish Harlem. He studied trumpet for a couple of years before teaching himself to play piano and forgoing the horn. By the early ’70s, Hernandez was playing professionally with Ismael Miranda, then later on with conguero master Ray Barretto. His career really took off when he joined Ruben Blades’ popular Seis Del Solar in the ’80s. With Blades, Hernandez was able to hone his talent not only as a pianist, but also develop his arranging and production skills. In the ’90s, his arranging and producing acumen landed him the job as music director for singer/songwriter Paul Simon’s stage play The Capeman.

Despite his long career arranging and producing for several projects, recording, stage, and concerts, Hernandez felt a need to get back to his roots. In 2000, he organized the Spanish Harlem Orchestra with the purpose of paying tribute to the style of music he had heard in his youth. The response from music fans and critics has resulted in a successful fifteen year run with no end in sight. Newsday observed, “…the Spanish Harlem Orchestra has evolved into the leading light of the salsa reconstruction movement.”


DATE: Monday, October 2, 2017
VENUE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320-2 Cedar Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIME: 7:00 & 9:00 PM
PRICE: $35 – $40
MORE INFO: http://bit.ly/2wGLgff & http://bit.ly/2j3Xk78 or 831-427-2227


October 2
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