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LATIN JAZZ IN THE HEIGHTS: Steven Oquendo’s Ocho Con Afinque

Latin Jazz in the Heights!
Jazz Latino en Washington Heights!

Plaza de las Americas
175th & Broadway
June 22 & 29, 2024
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
 
June 22, 2024
Steven Oquendo’s Ocho Con Afinque
 
Curated by Jazz Power Initiative

Come early and enjoy some activities with the family

11:00 am
· SpeakEasy Bookmobile will be on the plaza distributing free books

12:00 pm
· Domino tournament & Chess tournament with Care Center of NY begins.
· Face painting with Ysabel

Enter our raffle and have a chance to win a gift card to a local restaurant. Chosen at the end of each performance.

Steven Oquendo, a native New Yorker, embodies the essence of versatility in the realm of music. As a professional trumpeter, Latin jazz big band leader, composer, arranger, and educator, his impact resonates far and wide. Armed with a master’s Degree in Applied Music and Music Teaching, alongside a B.S. in Music from Lehman College, Steven’s commitment to both performance and education is unwavering. Currently, he serves as the Associate Conductor of the esteemed All City High School Music Program’s inaugural Latin jazz ensemble and holds the role of Music Director at Pelham Preparatory Academy. In 2009, he established the Steven Oquendo Latin Jazz Orchestra (SOLJO), renowned for its innovative fusion of Afro-Cuban, Latin jazz, salsa, and mambo classics.

Ocho Con Afinque is educator Steven Oquendo’s latest musical endeavor. Ocho Con Afinque is an electrifying 8-piece salsa ensemble that is the personification of Latin jazz talent, born in the heart of NYC. This all star lineup consists of NYCs finest musicians who ignite stages with their infectious rhythms and dynamic performances, and captivate audiences with their fusion of traditional salsa and innovative flair. Each member brings a wealth of experience and passion for their craft. Their commitment to excellence and dedication to preserving the essence of Latin jazz makes them  a driving force in the contemporary music sceneOcho Con Afinque are: Trumpet: Steven Oquendo; Trombone and bandleader: Hommy Ramos; Tenor Saxophone & Vocals: Alberto Toro; Congas: Carlos (Carly) Maldonado; Timbales: Bobby Allende Bongo & Vocals: Sergio (Chino) Ramos; Bass: Jerry Madera; Piano: Arturo Ortiz

Latin Jazz In The Heights: Sandy Gabriel Jazz Quintet

Latin Jazz in the Heights
Plaza de las Americas
Broadway and 175th Street
Sunday, June 9, 2024
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
SANDY GABRIEL JAZZ QUINTET
 
Curated by Jazz Power Initiative
Sunday, June 9th – Sandy Gabriel Jazz Quintet

Sandy Gabriel, a musical marvel hailing from Nagua and honed in the vibrant city of Puerto Plata, stands as a luminary figure in the realm of jazz. Armed with a degree in Composition, Arrangement, and Musical Production from Pedro Henriquez Ureña UNPHU University, his journey began under the tutelage of his father, the esteemed Dominican saxophonist, Socrates Gabriel. From the tender age of 14, Sandy’s passion for jazz ignited, leading him on a path of mastery across multiple instruments, including saxophone, flute, and synthesizer.

His illustrious career is studded with accolades, from clinching the 2003 National Music Award for Jazz to being honored at the prestigious The Soberano Awards (formerly Casandra Awards) in 2012 for “Best Concert of the Year.” Sandy’s virtuosity has graced international stages, from the Borinquen Jazz Festival in Puerto Rico to the European-Latin American Music Festival alongside icons like Ivan Lins and Arturo Sandoval. A beacon of Dominican jazz, Sandy Gabriel continues to captivate audiences globally with his unmatched talent and unwavering dedication to the art form.