10/21/13

Mario Rivera Tribute Coming to NYC This Weekend

Show will feature Afro Latin Jazz Orch. + Guests

This Friday and Saturday, Oct. 25-26, the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance will present Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra in a show billed as A Night of Afro Dominican Jazz: Honoring and Remembering “El Commandante” Mario Rivera. The program, which launches the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra’s 12th season, is a celebration of the late Latin musician Mario Rivera.

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Ray Vega
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Arturo O'Farrill leading his Latin Jazz Orchestra at CareFusion Newport Jazz Festival 2010
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According to a press release, “Mario Rivera was a founding member of the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, a revered virtuosic multi-instrumentalist and beloved mentor to countless musicians. The program will feature artists who loved and worked with Rivera including trumpeter Ray Vega, guitarist Ed Cherry, percussionist Alex Diaz and Mario’s son, drummer Phoenix Rivera. Joining them on Friday only will be tenor saxophonist George Coleman, followed by trombonist Papo Vazquez on Saturday. A highlight of both evenings will be a re-creation of Rivera’s classic recording, ‘El Commandante,’ featuring Ivan Renta, one of Rivera’s protégés and a member of the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra. Guided by guest curator and noted researcher Leonardo Ivan Dominguez, we will explore Rivera’s roots in Afro Dominican folkloric music with a segment featuring KumbaCarey, directed by Pedro Raposo and Maria Terrero.”

The shows will take place Oct. 25 and 26 at 8:00 p.m. A pre-performance discussion will take place on Friday only at 7:00 p.m. The location is Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street. 212-864-5400. Admission is: $20. Students/Seniors/Children: $15. Symphony Space members: $15.

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