LP is pleased to announce that LP artist and master percussionist, Giovanni Hidalgo was the highlight of the 19th Annual Puerto Rico Heineken Jazz Festival. At the finale concert on Sunday, May 31st, the festival director, accompanied by Latin legend Eddie Palmieri, presented Giovanni Hidalgo with ah honorary portrait. Giovanni, a veteran of the inaugural Puerto Rico Jazz Festival with five performances under his belt over the past years, was humbled by the gesture and the thunderous applause.
A founding member of the sensational Puerto Rican Latin jazz/folkloric band Batacumbele, Giovanni Hidalgo was new school, the player to watch. He had absorbed concepts from the books of Cubans Tata Güines and Changuito and pushed them to new heights. In terms of his stunning technique alone, Giovanni remains one of the greatesst!
The mood was electric this year as Giovanni's band performed at the finale concert. The 3000-plus crowd spilled over the confines of the Tito Puente Amphitheater onto adjacent lawns. Giovanni was in fine form on his signature LP Giovanni Palladium Series Congas, spurred on by the...