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Jose Rizo

Jose Rizo's "Jazz on the Latin Side All Stars" is a 15-piece all-star ensemble made up of legendary figures, world-class studio musicians, great jazz artists, and popular bandleaders. This tight ensemble was formed a few months after a big jam session at B. B. Kings on the Universal City Walk in the Los Angeles area. Bandleader/jazz radio announcer Jose Rizo named the band after his latin jazz radio program "Jazz on the Latin Side" on KKJZ 88.1 FM (KJazz) in Long Beach, California. The "Jazz on the Latin Side All Stars" proudly represent KJazz where ever they perform. This versatile ensemble feels as comfortable playing progressive latin jazz as it does playing tremendous salsa dura. Ensemble members and rotating members include Justo Almario (tenor sax), Marvin "Smitty" Smith (drums), Danilo Lozano (flute / musical director), Francisco Aguabella (congas), Poncho Sanchez (congas), Alex Acuna (drums), Freddie Crespo (lead vocals / timbales), Francisco Torres (trombone / prime arranger), Rene Camacho (bass), Bijon Watson (trumpet), Sal Cracchiolo (trumpet), Robert Incelli (alto sax), Scott Martin (baritone sax), Gilbert Castellanos (trumpet), Eric Jorgensen (trombone), Joey De Leon (congas), Alfredo Ortiz (bongo / vocals), Andy Martin (trombone), Jimmy Branly (timbales), Joe Rotondi (piano),and Luis Eric Gonzalez (trumpet). "The Last Bullfighter", their first recording as an ensemble, reached #10 on the national jazz charts (Jazz Week)


Article: Album Review

Joe Rizo's Mongorama: Mariposas Cantan

Read "Mariposas Cantan" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Mongorama is a nine-piece Latin Jazz all-star band built and guided to honor Mongo Santamaria by the hand of José Rizo, a Latin musical legend in California who's been broadcasting from KJazz 88.1FM (Cal State University, Long Beach) for more than three decades. On their 2010 debut, Rizo enlisted such legends as Poncho Sanchez and Hubert ...


Article: From the Inside Out

Tributes, Tapestries, Trombones and Tempests

Read "Tributes, Tapestries, Trombones and Tempests" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Vasko Atanasovski Adrabesa Quartet Phoenix MoonJune Records 2020 Phoenix captures the voice of one of Eastern Europe's most acclaimed and creative musical ensembles, the Adrabesa Quartet founded and led by Slovenian maestro Vasko Atanasovski, and amplifies this unique voice throughout MoonJune Records' global distribution network. Phoenix ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Federica Michisanti, Radam Schwartz Organ Big Band, Jose Rizo's Mongorama and more

Read "Federica Michisanti, Radam Schwartz Organ Big Band, Jose Rizo's Mongorama and more" reviewed by Bob Osborne

This week exciting new music from bassist Federica Michisanti whose Horn trio is a band without drums and harmonic instruments, which gives more freedom for an unconventional approach and sound. There's Radam Schwartz Organ Big Band where the leader becomes the first organist to play all of the bass lines throughout an entire big band album. ...


News: Event

Playboy Jazz Festival Presents Latin Jazz Artist Jose Rizo And His New 9-piece Band "Mongorama" In Free Beverly Hills Concert May 6th

Beverly Hills will sizzle when acclaimed Latin Jazz artist Jose Rizo brings his new nine–piece Latin jazz ensemble, Mongorama to the city for a free community concert, Sunday, May 6th. Presented by the Playboy Jazz Festival as part of their free community event series, the concert will take place from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at ...


Jose' Rizzo's Mongorama

Label: Saungu Records
Released: 2011
Track listing: Bacoso; Asi Es La Vida; Las Guajiras; Bluchanga; No Molestes Mas; Bubba Boogaloo; Pato Mayombe; Siempre En Ti; Que Maravilloso; Cruzan; Guajira at the Blackhawk; Tin Marin.


News: Interview

Latin Jazz Conversations: Jose Rizo (Part 3)

Bringing together a collection of master musicians often requires more than great music, it demands some sort of magnetic force. By the time that most musicians reach a high level of artistry, they've come to their own ideas and conclusions about their approach to performance. The individualized nature of music almost guarantees that a room full ...


News: Interview

Latin Jazz Conversations: Jose Rizo (Part 1)

There's nothing stronger in the human soul than a message that you need to share with the world. Most people aren't born with this type of drive, and some people never capture it during their lifetime. Still, there are insightful individuals discover issues in their life that drive them to educate, inform, and speak on topics ...


Article: Album Review

Jose Rizo's Mongorama: Jose' Rizzo's Mongorama

Read "Jose' Rizzo's Mongorama" reviewed by Greg Simmons

Mongorama. The name just sounds like fun--and this is a fun record, despite being crafted by musicians who take the Afro-Cuban music and legacy of Mongo Santamaria very seriously. Organized by jazz DJ Jose Rizzo, the band highlights a mix of Santamaria classics, blended with newer compositions in the same tradition. Any album that ...


News: Recording

New CD from José Rizo's Mongorama

New CD from José Rizo's Mongorama

The followup up to four critically acclaimed albums by his Jazz On Latin Side All Stars, José Rizo's MONGORAMA again shines a bright light on the AfroCuban music tradition with a stellar group of West Coast artists brought together by the veteran KJazz radio host. MONGORAMA pays tribute to the great Cuban born conguero Mongo Santamaría, ...


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