Alfredo "Chocolate" Armenteros and Jimmy Bosch joined the Latin Jazz All-Stars for the 80th birthday celebration of legendary Latin jazz composer/arranger/saxophonist Ray Santos, on Monday, May 18th, at Bizzy's Club Coca Cola in Lincoln Center. The ensemble performed sizzling Santos compositions such as Sunny Ray, Azulito and 3-D Mambo, set behind the backdrop of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline to honor one the most important figures in New York's Latin music.
Known as "El Maestro" (the teacher) of the mambo sound, Santos has played, recorded, composed and arranged, during the past 50 years, for New York's premiere Latin orchestras, including those led by Tito Puente, Tito Redriguez, Mario Bauzá and Machito, just to name a few. Santos' music captures "the incessant rhythmic drive of the Afro-Cuban sound, fused with the power and sonority of big band jazz", as he calls it.
Santos is widely recognized for composing and arranging music for Grammy Award-winning projects recorded by musical giants such as Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri and Paquito D'Rivera. In 1992, Santos received critical acclaim for his arrangements of The Mambo Kings' soundtrack, including the Oscar-nominated song titled Beautiful María of My Soul. In the same year, Santos collaborated with Linda Ronstadt on Frenesí, a musical tour-de-force that gained the Grammy Award...