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“Candido: The Last Legendary Music Journey” Set for Nov. 18

Celebrating the “Father of Modern Conga Drumming”

Cándido Camero performs at the 2016 Chicago Jazz Festival

On Nov. 18, the City College Center for the Arts (CCA) in New York and Latin Jazz USA will present “Candido: The Last Legendary Music Journey,” a night of music celebrating the 70th anniversary of percussionist Candido Camero’s first performance in the U.S.

Known as “the first percussionist to popularize conga drumming in jazz,” according to a press release, the 95-year-old NEA Jazz Master will perform along with Amaury Acosta & (U)nity, Benjamin Lapidus, Xiomara Laugart, Rome Neal, David Oquendo, Mitch Frohman and Bobby Sanabria. The concert, which starts at 7:30 p.m., will be hosted by SiriusXM Radio personality Nelson Radhames Rodriguez, who will receive a Latin Jazz USA Chico O’Farrill Lifetime Achievement Award alongside Frohman, Lapidus and Louis Laffitte, a Latin-jazz radio personality.

In addition to the concert, there will also be an exhibition, “An Artist’s Tribute to Candido,” by Hispanic-American artists Asunción, Luis Cruz Azaceta, ENOE, Erasmo Jorge Gómez, Frank Guiller, José Pascual Hijuelos, Carlos Mateus and Luis Alvarez Roure, which will run from Nov. 13-22 at the gallery at Aaron Davis Hall in Harlem. On Nov. 18 at 6 p.m., Roure’s portrait of the “Father of Modern Conga Drumming” will be unveiled.

For more information on “Candido: The Last Legendary Music Journey,” visit

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