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Spanish Harlem Orchestra

Thu, Oct 16 -
Sun, Oct 19, 2014

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The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley welcomes two-time Grammy award-winning Latin jazz orchestra the Spanish Harlem Orchestra for four nights and six shows touring in support of new release! Band members are Oscar Hernandez (Piano/MD), Ray De La Paz (vocalist), Marco Bermudez (vocalist), Carlos Cascante (vocalist), George Delgado (congas), Luisito Quintero (timbales), Jorge Gonzalez (percussion), Gerardo “Jerry” Maders (bass), Mitch Frohman (sax/flute), Reynaldo Jorge (trombone), Doug Beavers (trombone), Hector Colon (trumpet) and Manuel “Maneco” Ruiz (trumpet). Show times Thursday and Sunday at 7:30pm. Show times Friday and Saturday 7:30pm and 9:30pm. Doors open at 5:30pm each night.

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There aren't many pianists that can say they've been a Musical Director for Paul Simon and Rubén Blades, written and arranged the theme song for hit shows such as HBO's "Sex in the City," and have recorded and performed with the likes of Tito Puente and Celia Cruz. In fact, there's only one: Oscar Hernandez, a world-renowned pianist/arranger/producer and leader of the GRAMMY® Award-winning 13-piece all-star salsa big band, Spanish Harlem Orchestra. Exclusively comprised of acclaimed instrumentalists known for supporting the "who's who" of salsa, Spanish Harlem Orchestra is a musical tour-de-force keeping the hard-hitting tradition of salsa dura (heavy salsa) alive and well.

On Tuesday, September 16, 2014, Spanish Harlem Orchestra independently released their fifth eponymous studio album through a fan-funded campaign with ArtistShare®. Produced by Hernandez himself, Spanish Harlem Orchestra features a stellar collection of nine newly written original arrangements and three cover compositions.

Spanish Harlem Orchestra's track record is undeniable, the band's four previous recordings have garnered two GRAMMY® Awards – for the 2005 release of Across 110th Street ("Best Salsa Album") and 2011's Viva La Tradicion ("Best Tropical Latin Album) – and two GRAMMY® nominations (2002's debut album, Un Gran Día En El Barrio; 2007's United We Swing). While steeped in preserving the musical legacy of NYC's Eastside community of El Barrio (located south of 125th Street), which gave rise to boogaloo, Latin soul, and salsa in the '50s and '60s, Oscar Hernandez propels the classics into the future with culturally rich compositions set within a 21st century context. He explores the dynamics of Latinos living in New York City for more than eight decades ("Asi Se Vive"), the romance of finding the love of your life ("Dulce Compañera"), poetic stories of hope ("Canción"), Caribbean people residing in the US ("Caribe Soy"), being proud of one's Latino heritage ("Latinos Unidos"), and honors the beauty of Latin women ("Que Lindas Son Las Latinas").

Now in its fourteenth year, SHO, as they are known to fans, is dedicated to the sounds of the barrio. Their music is characterized by the raw, organic and vintage sound defined by the genre. They are on a mission to keep the musical legacy of salsa dura "hard salsa" alive and expand its audience to those who love great music, not just Latin music. Grounded in the past, while focused on the future, they strive to keep the music relevant, while creating a unique and fresh approach.


upcoming shows

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Pee Wee Ellis Assembly featuring Fred Wesley

Tue, Sep 19 - Wed, Sep 20

The new J.B.'s! American saxophonist, composer and architect of James Brown’s era-defining soul classics of the late 60’s joined by legendary bandleader trombonist, and forefather of funk

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Take 6

Thu, Sep 21 - Sun, Sep 24

10x Grammy-winning American a cappella group blending contemporary R&B style, integrating jazz influences with inspirational lyrics

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Spanish Harlem Orchestra

Tue, Sep 26 - Wed, Sep 27

Formidable Grammy-winning Salsa and Latin jazz combo directed by Oscar Hernandez a salsa giant who became known through is collaboration with Ruben Blades of Seis del Solar

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