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OG Burn, A Tribute To, Un Homenaje a Eddie Bobè

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Eddie Bobè

Featuring: Arturo O’Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, Michele Rosewoman Guest Curator – Piano/Vocals

Special Guests: Román Díaz (Percussion/Vocals), Felix Sanabria (Percussion), Gene Golden (Percussion), Abraham Rodriguez (Percussion/Vocals), Hector “Papote” Jimenez (Vocals), Jay Rodriguez (saxophone)

Friday, March 18 & Saturday, March 19, 2022
Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture (450 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY, 10451) – BUY YOUR TICKETS

Harlem, NY – The Afro Latin Jazz Alliance (ALJA) and Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture present OG Burn, A Tribute To, Un Homenaje a Eddie Bobè to commemorate the life and music of master percussionist Eddie Bobè on Friday, March 18, 2022 & Saturday, March 19, 2022. Multi-GRAMMY® Award-winner Arturo O’Farrill and the 18-piece Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra perform an exhilarating night of music with renowned pianist/composer Michele Rosewoman guest-curating the festivities. Performing alongside O’Farrill and his acclaimed big band are featured special guest percussion legends Roman Diaz (Percussion/Vocals), Felix Sanabria (Percussion), Gene Golden (Percussion), vocalists Abraham Rodriguez (Percussion/Vocals) and Hector “Papote” Jimenez as well as Jay Rodriguez (saxophone).

“Eddie Bobè was an inspired creative force and master of folkloric percussion and vocal traditions of the African Diaspora,” says Guest Curator Michele Rosewoman. “Bobè was a foundational figure in the New York world of percussionists. His old school knowledge and respect combined with his experimental and unique ideas were crucial to both the retention and expansion of these musical and cultural expressions – traditions and knowledge that can never die, because of committed guardians like Bobé. We are eternally grateful to Eddie Bobè who lives on through his collaborations and contributions.”

Eddie Bobé spoke of moments when the groove got so powerful it was said to be “burnin’.” Deeply committed to the Pan Caribbean, Pan African, and Pan American percussion practice, maestro Bobè brought that “burnin’” to every groove he played. OG Burn, A Tribute To, Un Homenaje a Eddie Bobè features O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra plus special guests in a raucous evening of rumba, bata, guaguanco and every manner of groove that Bobè was a poet of. Repertoire will spotlight compositions from Michele Rosewoman, Arturo O’Farrill, Chico O’Farrill as well as Bobè himself, including classics from his album, Central Park Rumba.

On Friday, March 18 at Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture, a Pre-Show Discussion will be moderated by Dr. C. Daniel Dawson and will include Rosewoman, O’Farrill, Jay Rodriguez, Chris Theberge, and Félix Sanabria. A notable NYC percussionist, entrepreneur and producer, Theberge will share music and video footage surrounding the forthcoming album, Descendientes del Ritmo (“Back to the Root”), which was produced by Eddie Bobè and will now be dedicated to him and is set for release this spring. Descendientes del Ritmo includes performances from Chocolate Armenteros, Chief Rabiu Ayandokun, Eddie Bobè, Randy Brecker, Félix Sanabria, Giovanni Hidalgo, Abie Rodriguez, Nelson Gonzales, and Orlando “Puntilla” Rios. Descendientes del Ritmo connects the Yoruba traditional Bata drumming and that of its descendants in Cuba.

In Memoriam to Eddie Bobé, please view a digital gallery exhibition celebrating his life and legacy at the following link: http://descendantmusicproject.org

Information on OG Burn, A Tribute to, Un Homenaje a Eddie Bobè and additional ALJA 2022 programming can be found at afrolatinjazz.org.

OG Burn, A Tribute To, Un Homenaje a Eddie Bobè
OG Burn, A Tribute To, Un Homenaje a Eddie Bobè

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Dizzy, Chano and Chico – The Original Influencers 75 Years Later at Town Hall

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Dizzy, Chano and Chico — The Original Influencers 75 Years Later at Town Hall

[New York] – The Afro Latin Jazz Alliance & The Town Hall Present: Dizzy, Chano and Chico — The Original Influencers — 75 Years Later at Town Hall. A celebration of the monumental moments when jazz met the rhythms of Cuba and changed the face of modern music forever. In 1947, legends Dizzy Gillespie and Chano Pozo composed “Manteca” — one of the earliest foundational compositions of Afro-Cuban jazz and among Gillespie’s most famous recordings. In December ’47, Dizzy and Chano performed it live at the famed Town Hall in New York City. Consecutively, composer Chico O’Farrill’s masterpiece “Afro Cuban Jazz Suite” brought together bandleader Machito with O’Farrill and Charlie Parker, among others. O’Farrill’s work to meld modern jazz with Cuban big band continued with his collaboration with Dizzy on “The Manteca Suite.” ALJA and Town Hall celebrate Dizzy, Chano and Chico for their groundbreaking introduction of Latin music influences in jazz.

Dizzy, Chano and Chico - The Original Influencers 75 Years Later at Town Hall
Dizzy, Chano and Chico – The Original Influencers 75 Years Later at Town Hall

On January 14, 2023 at Town Hall, the continuum pushes forward 75 years later with the next generation of performers keeping Afro Cuban/Afro Latin jazz alive and well. Multi-GRAMMY Award-winning Arturo O’Farrill and his 18-piece Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra revisit the acclaimed compositions “Manteca,” “The Manteca Suite,” and  “Afro Cuban Jazz Suite” as well as new compositions, arrangements and recent works with some of today’s most distinguished Latin jazz artists. Featured guests include “Superstar of Afro Cuban Percussion” Pedrito Martinez, NEA Jazz Master saxophonist Big Chief Donald Harrison, Cuban vocalist Daymé Arocena, trumpeter Jon Faddis, as well as emerging talents trumpeter Adam O’Farrill, percussionist Jacquelene Acevedo, and singer/composer Melvis Santa.

This event is part of the on-going centennial celebrations of both Chico O’Farrill and the Town Hall.

Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra

Dizzy, Chano and Chico – The Original Influencers – 75 Years Later at Town Hall

Featuring: Pedrito Martinez, Big Chief Donald Harrison, Jon Faddis, Daymé Arocena

With: Adam O’Farrill, Jacquelene Acevedo, Melvis Santa

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