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Spanish Harlem Orchestra

Since their arrival in 2000, Spanish Harlem Orchestra (SHO) has established itself as a standard bearer of contemporary Latin music. Directed by world-renowned pianist, arranger, and producer Oscar Hernández, the thirteen-member all-star ensemble has reintroduced the classic sounds of New York City Salsa to music lovers worldwide. Now in its tenth year, the Spanish Harlem Orchestra is one of the most formidable and authentic Latin jazz combos of today. Yet for all of its appeal with contemporary audiences, the group’s success is actually rooted in the past. A lively and energetic affair, their 2010 release “Viva la Tradición” draws on inspiration from the music’s history and enduring traditions. From their 2002 debut album, “Un Gran Dia En El Barrio,” SHO revived the classic 1970 NYC sounds with a new hard hitting point-of-view

The Latin Jazz Project

Label: ArtistShare
Released: 2020
Track listing: Ritmo De Mi Gente; Bobo; Invitation; Acid Rain; Las Palmas; Silent Prayers; Round Midnight; Fort Apache; Latin Perspective; Joe And Oscar; Descarga De Jazz.

ARTICLE: RADIO

Eric Revis, Art Blakey, Federico Calcagno, Charles Tolliver & More

Read "Eric Revis, Art Blakey, Federico Calcagno, Charles Tolliver & More" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Recently unearthed gems by Dudu Pukwana and Art Blakey, beautiful new albums by Eric Revis and Charles Tolliver, the Cuban roots of David Virelles and Aruán Ortiz, a peak in the jny: Amsterdam and jny: Berlin scenes through the music of Federico Calcagno and Reza Askari, respectively, and much more in this week's edition of Mondo ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Spanish Harlem Orchestra: The Latin Jazz Project

Read "The Latin Jazz Project" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

When last heard from, the salsa powerhouse Spanish Harlem Orchestra was celebrating fifteen years of playing together with Anniversary (ArtistShare, 2018). There have always been elements of Latin jazz in the group's music, and Artistic Director Oscar Hernández is a noted Latin jazz pianist, so it was only a matter of time until they presented a ...

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five with Maureen Choi

Read "Take Five with Maureen Choi" reviewed by Maureen Choi

Meet Maureen Choi Now residing in Spain, this Korean-American violinist is sparkling a revolution in the improvised music scene in Spain. Her band Maureen Choi Quartet is creating a sound that they describe as, “Spanish Chamber Jazz." After winning several international violin competitions starting at age five, Maureen has performed as a soloist across ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

The 9th Annual John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival

Read "The 9th Annual John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival" reviewed by La-Faithia White

Jazz and Blues lovers enjoyed a breathtaking view on Oak Hollow Lake in High Point, North Carolina for the ninth annual John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival. The two day event happens every Labor Day weekend. Saturday's lineup consisted of the John Coltrane Youth Workshop, Laurin Talese with the North Carolina Coltrane All-Star ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Make It Big!

Read "Make It Big!" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

The boys might not be the most ambitious podcasters on the planet, but sometimes even they think big. This fortnight's excursion is all about large and extra-large ensembles, from a band trying something new in the mid-fifties to a tribute group wrestling with the music of one of jazz's greatest composers to three -count 'em--brand new ...

Anniversary

Label: Artist Share
Released: 2018
Track listing: Esa Nena; Yo Te Prometo; Dime Tu; Goza El Ritmo; Echa Pa’Lante; Guaracha Y Bembe; Y Deja; La Media Vuelta; Canción Para Ti; Como Te Quise; Tres Palabras; Somos Uno; Soy El Tambor.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Spanish Harlem Orchestra: Anniversary

Read "Anniversary" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

The 13-piece all-star salsa big band Spanish Harlem Orchestra celebrates their 15-year anniversary in grand style with Anniversary, their sixth studio album. Champions of salsa dura ("hard salsa"), this is a band whose technical skill is matched only by their consistent high energy. They have three lead vocalists, so the chorus singing is also very high ...

NEWS: VIDEO / DVD

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Meet the Spanish Harlem Orchestra

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Meet the Spanish Harlem Orchestra

This week, StLJN's video spotlight shines on the Spanish Harlem Orchestra, an NYC-based ensemble that will bring their show “Salsa Navidad" to St. Louis next Friday, December 8 at the Sheldon Concert Hall. Bandleader Oscar Hernández is well known in New York City Latin music circles, with a long list of credits including performing with salsa ...


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