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posted Friday, May 24, 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 21
A taste of tradición - Spanish Harlem Orchestra keeps the salsa simmering
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A taste of tradición - Spanish Harlem Orchestra keeps the salsa simmering

by Milton W. Hamlin - SGN A&E Writer

SPANISH HARLEM ORCHESTRA
DIMITRIOU'S JAZZ ALLEY
May 30 - June 2


The Grammy-winning Spanish Harlem Orchestra, appearing next weekend at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley, is one of the most incredible and totally authentic Latin jazz combos of the present day. For all of its appeal and success with contemporary audiences, SHO's success is actually rooted in the past.

The 13-piece collective owes its frontline status to an unwavering respect for the music's rich history and a tenacious adherence to the music's enduring traditions.

Spanish Harlem Orchestra celebrates that musical and cultural legacy with Viva La Tradición (2010), its fourth and most recent release, which won a Grammy for Best Tropical Latin Album in 2011. A mix of fiery salsa and a few moments of melodic balladry, the album's 12 tracks hearken back to a time of Latin big-band recordings populated by seasoned musicians who assembled in the same room at the same time, brought their best to the table, and generated a spontaneous, natural energy all their own.

STIRRING THE POT
'I've played and recorded with a lot of great artists from different eras,' said pianist, bandleader, producer and SHO founder Oscar Hernández, who began his career as an arranger and musical director in the 1970s for artists like Tito Puente, Ray Barretto, Celia Cruz, and many others.

'And Spanish Harlem Orchestra, since its earliest days 10 years ago, has accompanied many great artists as well. So the title of the album is a statement about a group of musicians who understand firsthand the tradition of this music and all the great artists who were responsible for the tradition,' he continued.

Viva la Tradición stirs the pot of mid-20th century influences, keeping the salsa simmering for current and future generations. It hasn't left this writer's car CD player since it was overnighted.

'When people tell me we should do it this way or that way in order to make it more commercially successful, I just don't think that way,' said Hernandez.

'I don't function on that level. That's not to say I don't want to be commercially successful. Of course that's very important, but it's not the primary driving force behind what we do. These musicians are all people who care very much about what we're doing as a group.'

'WE'RE THE REAL DEAL'
What's more, the band members understand what it means to play under the banner of 'Spanish Harlem Orchestra.'

'Spanish Harlem is kind of a microcosm of Latinos in New York,' said Hernandez. 'It's an important place culturally for our people and our music. Just like Harlem was extremely important culturally for African Americans, so was Spanish Harlem for Latinos. We're not a bunch of flyweights who took the name as some kind of ethnic gimmick. We're the real deal, and we earned the right to take that name.' Tickets are available at www.jazzalley.com. More information about SHO can be found at www.spanishharlemorchestra.net.

This writer, once dubbed 'The Cha Cha King of Spanaway, WA' (because he was the only male member of his high school class who could actually dance the cha cha!) has fond memories of Perez Prado's 'Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White.' Here's hoping the Spanish Harlem Orchestra includes that Latin classic in its repertoire. See you there. And remember, tell 'em SGN sent ya. Jazz Alley loves to hear that. Really. ¡Ole!

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