By Walter Rutledge
The beat continues with a Mother’s Day Celebration on Sunday, May 13, at 4:00 pm, when festival partner Jazzmobile, Inc. pays homage with Dancing Mambo/Park Palace Live! at Harlem USA, 2309 Frederick Douglass Blvd, 2nd Floor.
The Park Palace was jumping in the forties and fifties. Mambo was king and bandleader Machito debuted and became a regular at the Park Palace.
It was at one of the Sunday matinee dances that bop trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie met Cuban percussionist Chano Pozo. Their collaboration (along with the contributions of arranger Mario Bauza) resulted in the merging of bebop into the genre known as Cubop also known as Latin jazz. The supercharged drummer/percussionist/educator Bobby Sanabria, leads his new Multiverse Big Band on a torrid-tempoed, time travel when musicians and dancers swung in simpatico. Sanabria has seven recordings as a leader, including his Grammy-nominated Tito Puente Masterworks Live!!
Special guest on this mambo-motored trip down memory lane is the ever-youthful octogenarian master Cuban percussionist Candido Camero. Camero is the last of the “Holy Trinity” of Afro-Cuban hand drum masters, which included Mongo Santamaria and Carlos Patato Valdez. Tickets are available at the door. For more information, please visit http://www.jazzmobile.org.
As always thank you for letting me share my world with you.