Come enjoy Latin Jazz with the Viva Cal Sextet, featuring an All Star cast of musicians including Jose Antonio Lao on Timbales, Michelle Salazar on Bass, Hector Mayoral on Vocals, Bongos, Bell and Chekere, Alexis Montalvo on Piano, Cole Hazlitt on Vibraphone, Frankie Pineiro on elongated bongos. Band leader Frankie Pineiro has long been a fixture of the Tampa Bay Jazz community.
For many years he was host of the Latin Jazz program on WMNF 88.5 and for the past few years he has hosted the Afro-Cuban Jazz Edition on WSLR 96.5 from 10am-12pm on alternate Tuesdays. The Viva Cal Sextet will perform at the Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center on Saturday, June 9, 8pm. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Advance tickets are available at wslr.org.
The Viva Cal! Sextet pays loving tribute to the late Cal Tjader, a Puerto Rican drummer, percussionist and vibraphonist of some renown who started out playing with Dave Brubeck and George Shearing, and went on to break new ground in Latin and Afro-Cuban jazz in upwards of 70 albums spanning 1951 through 1982. In fact, seven albums have been released posthumously, including a 2008 release, Live at the Monterey Jazz Festival 1958-1980, featuring select performances he gave at the seminal festival spanning a few decades. Bring your dancing shoes and dance the night away with the music of Cal Tjader, Joe Cuba, Tito Puente, Tito Rodriguez and Ruben Blades.
Photos courtesy of WSLR 96.5.