A Tribute To Mongo Santamaria

A Tribute To Mongo Santamaria

Mongo Santamaria was a rumba quinta master and an Afro-Cuban percussionist. He was most famous for the composition of the jazz standard, Afro Blue. He was an integral figure in the fusion of Afro-Cuban rhythms with R&B and soul, paving the way for the boogaloo era of the late 1960s. His 1963 hit rendition of Herbie Hancock's "Watermelon Man" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998.



An all-star ensemble will be coming together for a truly special night at Ginny's to celebrate the groundbreaking work of this highly influential jazz icon.

Elio Villafranca - Piano
Carlo Derosa - Bass
Vince Cherico - Drums
Johnny Rodriguez - Bongo/Guiro (Music Director of the Tito Puente Orch. for 30yrs)
Chembo Corniel - Tumbadoras

Special Guests - Mongo Santamaria's horn section:
Ray Vega - Trumpet
Bobby Porcelli - Alto Sax
Mitch Frohman - Tenor Sax/Flute

Don't miss this historic night of music legends paying tribute to MONGO!

Note - Because of the infectious nature of this music, not only will dancing be allowed but also encouraged. Dress appropriately.

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