Tue, Apr 22 -
Doors open at 6:00 PM each night.
Wed, Apr 23, 2014
First sets begin at 7:30 PM, and second sets (when applicable) begin at 9:30 PM (doors: 9:15 PM).
The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley legendary Cuban big band Orequesta Aragón for two nights. Band members are Rafael Felipe Lay Bravo (Band Director), Caridad Sureya Sánchez Rodríguez (Assistant Director), Celso Valdés Santandreu (violin), Armando Amezaga Valera-(dancer), Juan Carlos Villegas Alfonso (vocalist), Orlando Jesús Pérez Montero (piano), Guillermo Gonzalo García Valdés (congas), José Palma Cuesta (güiro), Roberto Espinosa Rodríguez (bass), Ernesto Bacallao Serrano (vocalist), Eduardo Ramón Rubio Pérez (flute), Horacio Rodríguez del Toro (timbales), Lázaro Dagoberto González Sibore (violín), Dagoberto Pascual González Piedra (violín), Eric Labaut Lay (violin). Show times at 7:30pm Tuesday and Wednesday. Doors open at 5:30pm each night.
The legendary Orquesta Aragón is also known as La Madre de Charanga Cubana (The Mother of The Cuban charanga) as well as La Charanga Eterna (The Eternal Charanga). Their long and successful career began on September 30, 1939 in Cienfuegos, Cuba, under the leadership of Orestes Aragón. Since the creation of this legendary orchestra, they have undoubtedly secured status as the favorite Cuban band for millions of passionate music listeners who cherish the island’s most popular musical genres: Son, Danzon and the Cha Cha Cha. Simply stated, after more than six decades, Orquesta Aragón continues to be the legendary music group whose both young and old reaches music fans throughout the world.
Now, under the direction of violinist Rafael Lay, who follows in his Father's footsteps as the leader of Orquesta Aragón, the group has maintained their signature sound. Their top priority rests with preserving the true original sound that became the group's trademark from inception. This has been an important factor in the continued success of the group, evidenced by their continued sold out concerts throughout all continents. When one attends an Orquesta Aragón concert today, not only will the attendee witness the purest form music from Cuba, but they will be surprised by the many generations of fans in attendance.
Today, Orquesta Aragón continues to hold its place as one of the most popular and requested groups from Cuba, constantly touring the world and presenting itself in the largest Latin and jazz festivals and events.
“From first to last, Aragon gave the Carnegie Hall audience an impeccable display of charanga feeling and deep cha-cha grooves. In technique and soul, their playing and singing were an ideal representation of Cuban music.”
– Rhythm Magazine
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