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New Meetup: Spanish Harlem Orchestra Concert @ Montgomery County Comm College + Salsa Party

From: Steve
Sent on: Friday, November 13, 2009 7:37 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Philly Salsa Meetup!

What: Spanish Harlem Orchestra Concert @ Montgomery County Community College + Salsa Party

When: November 20,[masked]:00 PM

Where: Science Center Theater @ MCCC

-There will be a salsa dance party w/ refreshments prior to the concert.

-For the fancy salseros, WHYY will be filming some aspects of the dance party and/or concert.

-Discounted price for PSM members (TBD). Details forthcoming...

-Info on the Spanish Harlem Orchestra:

"The 13 member Spanish Harlem Orchestra under the direction Oscar Hernandez was nominated for a 2008 Grammy Award and world acclaim as one of the finest exponents of Salsa and Latin/Jazz music. They have spearheaded a revival of Afro-Cuban music performing a classic-meets-contemporary repertoire including original compositions grounded in the musical legacy of El Barrio, Latin Soul, and Salsa which rose from the rich culture of the New York's Eastside south of 125th St. A salsa party will precede the performance in the Science Center lobby with salsa lessons and refreshments. ~ MCCC"

"A proud throwback to the classic era of Latin jazz big bands as exemplified by Tito Puente's classic salsa orchestra, the Spanish Harlem Orchestra formed in 2000 under the tutelage of producer Aaron Luis Levinson and bandleader Oscar Hernandez. Best known as Rub?n Blades' piano player and musical director, Hernandez had also worked with everyone from Celia Cruz and Ray Barretto to Kirsty MacColl and Paul Simon. (Hernandez arranged and produced the score for Simon's ill-starred Latin-influenced Broadway musical The Capeman.) Although the orchestra's lineup is forever shifting, Hernandez usually sticks to the traditional layout of himself on piano, a bassist, a trio of drummers and percussionists, and a five-man front line consisting of two trumpeters, two trombonists, and a saxophone and flute player. A trio of male vocalists starring lead singer Ray de la Paz completes the orchestra. The Spanish Harlem Orchestra's blend of classic salsa tunes and new material debuted with 2002's Un Gran Dia en el Barrio (A Big Day in the Neighborhood); 2004's Across 110th Street (named for Harlem's southern boundary) features four songs with guest vocals by Hernandez's former boss, Rub?n Blades. ~ Stewart Mason, All Music Guide"

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