Ray Mantilla and Ali Bello by Andrew James

Jazz Photographer Andrew James Presents Ali Bello & The Sweet Wire Band at the New Haven Jazz Fest 2014, and the Ray Mantilla Ensemble at Bushnell Park for the Hartford Jazz Society’s. Monday Night Jazz Summer Series.

“Greetings from Bourbon Street, these series of photos are from The Hartford Jazz Society’s Monday Night Jazz Summer series in Bushnell Park, Downtown Hartford, CT. featuring, “Ray Mantilla Ensemble.” In celebrating the year of his 80th birthday, the percussionist showed no mercy and displayed the energy of youthful adolescence, but on this day 7/28/14, the City of Hartford Connecticut, The Honorable Mayor Pedro E. Segarra, presents a Proclamation of Ray Mantilla Day.” – Andrew James

Ray Mantilla Ensemble performing @ Bushnell Park for the Hartford Jazz Society’s Monday Night Jazz Summer Series on July 28, 2014 – Ray Mantilla: Percussion; Cucho Martínez: Bass; Bill Elder: Drums; Ricky Germanson: Piano; Guido González: Trumpet & Flugelhorn; Iván Renta: Flute, Reeds & Tenor Sax.

Ali Bello & The Sweet Wire Band Performing @ the New Haven Jazz Fest 2014, on the New Haven Green, August 16, 2014. – Ali Bello: Violin; Luis Perdomo: Piano; Bam Bam Rodriguez: Double Bass; Javi Olivencia: Alto & Tenor Sax; Pablo Bencid: Drums; Neil Ochoa: Percussion.

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