Founded in 2000 by composer-arranger Oscar Hernández, the Grammy-winning Spanish Harlem Orchestra is one of the most formidable, thrilling and authentic Latin jazz collectives working today. Born into a large Puerto Rican family living in the Bronx near Spanish Harlem, Hernández started playing trumpet at age 12, then switched to piano. By the 1970s, he was arranging and working with Latin luminaries, such as Tito Puente, Ray Barretto and Celia Cruz. In the ‘80s, Hernández produced, arranged and played piano for Rubén Blades and his band Seis del Solar. In 2000, he joined forces with producer Aaron Levinson to record a hand assembled Latin jazz ensemble, which became the Spanish Harlem Orchestra. If you like your music Latin hot, don’t miss the return of the Spanish Harlem Orchestra.
“They make you get up and dance, tap into the good natured, communal spirit characteristic of Salsa at its timeless best”