10/01/09

Latin Jazz Stars Celebrate Legacy of Jose Fajardo & 60 Years of Charanga

On Saturday, October 3, a host of prominent Latin jazz players will salute the legacy of Cuban flutist Jose Fajardo and the music he helped popularize—charanga—in a special concert held at the Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture at CCNY in the Bronx, New York. Among the artists scheduled to perform are Sonny Bravo, Edy Zervigon, Carlos Jimenez and Dave Valentin, as well as Armando Alberto Fajardos, his son.

Fajardo, who died in 2001, was one of Latin music’s important bandleaders. Fajardo popularized charanga, a musical style that, in contrast to some of the more driving Latin music genres, emphasized a lighter touch, with vocals, flute, violins, piano, bass and percussion. Fajardo was born in Cuba in 1919 and after a young career as a sideman, formed his own group in the ‘40s and within 10 years became a huge star, not only in Cuba but also in the United States, particularly in New York and Miami. Fajardo emigrated to the United States shortly after the Cuban revolution in 1959 and continued his career as a performer at Latin clubs and a recording artist with labels like Fania and Columbia. When Fajardo stopped performing regularly, his son kept his band and legacy alive.

The event is produced by Mat Productions. The box office number for Hostos is 718-518-4455.

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