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Sonny Bravo, leader and sideman

Sonny Bravo was one of the mainstays of Tito Puente’s ensembles for nearly twenty years.

Puente’s recordings such as Tito’s Idea, The Mambo King: His 100th Album… 826 more words

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Growing Up in Latin Dance Music and Jazz

It is rare, and ever increasingly so, that a musician would spend a lifetime in a band. But percussionist Johnny “Dandy” Rodríguez Jr. who was a teenager when he was allowed to sit in with the Tito Puente Orchestra and be an apprentice for a few months before earning a place in its rhythm section, was also there at the end, playing alongside Puente until his death, after a concert on May 31st, 2000. 899 more words

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Bobby Porcelli and the Sound of History

You may not know his name, but if you have enjoyed the music of The Tito Puente Orchestra, Machito and His Afro-Cubans or the Tito Rodriguez Orchestra, chances are you heard saxophonist Bobby Porcelli. 608 more words

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Papo Vázquez on playing for "the guys who wrote the music."

In a career spanning forty years, trombonist, composer and bandleader Ángel “Papo” Vázquez has played a broad range of musical genres under a variety of directors in an array of settings. 597 more words

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RIP Sweet Lou 1939-2013

We ask that you light a candle, hum a song, play a drum or say a prayer as we remember Lou. 28 more words


Radio Saudade: Side B - a.k.a. The High Steppin' Mixtape!

As promised, Side B to last episode’s Side A – from The Congo to the Caribbean, it’s a global galimmaufry for your listening pleasure. Strictly for the high-steppers! 151 more words

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The Nitty Gritty Sextet - Previously Unreleased LP/CD

Press relese: When we at Rocafort Records contacted legendary Latin producer Bobby Marin, our plan was to license “Nitty Boo Boo” and “Something New”, two previously unreleased tracks, for a 45 release. 167 more words