Article taken from Jim Byers Facebook event
The event will take place this Saturday Sept 28, 2013 from 2pm until 5pm
In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Latin-jazz history comes vibrantly alive via the archives of JOE CONZO – Tito Puente’s biographer & confidant of nearly 40 years. Conzo returns in-discussion with “METRO MAMBO” host Jim Byers (WPFW 89.3 FM’s “Latin Flavor Classic Edition”)! Rare LIVE RECORDINGS from Conzo’s collection capture the raw energy at the Palladium, Birdland, Colgate Gardens, The Corso, The Becon Theater and other fabled venues from the 1950’s thru 1970’s! Then, in the third hour, dance live to the music of DC’s own ORQUESTA LA LEYENDA! FREE and Open to the Public!
You have never heard anything like these unreleased recordings transferred from reel-to-reel tapes! Contextualized by the conversation of Byers and Conzo, the legendary architects of Latin-jazz break free of the recording technology of their day! Suddenly, the 3 minute classics you know ‘by-wrote’ become fresh – transformed into the free-wheeling, 7 to 12 minute descargas (jam-sessions) that drove America Cha Cha Cha and Mambo Mad!! You’ll also hear rare, never-released studio recordings that will leave you spellbound!
About JOE CONZO, Sr.… Tito Puente’s confidant and archivist for nearly 40 years, Conzo authored “Mambo Diablo: My Journey With Tito Puente” (Backbeat Books, 2011) – a comprehensive view of Puente and his world. Conzo is a noted music historian and producer and maintains a large collection of released and unreleased recordings by Puente and many others. Regularly conducting seminars at NYC’s Hostos Community College and Boys Harbor, Conzo contributes articles to numerous print and television outlets and is a consultant on numerous Tito Puente CD reissues, including the new CUATRO: The Definitive Collection (Sony Music Latin).
About JIM BYERS…. Called “a creative gem on DC airwaves” (The Washington Post), Jim Byers has hosted WPFW 89.3 FM’s ‘Latin Flavor Classic Edition” (Sundays, 6-8pm) for 18 years. One of the few remaining radio programs dedicated to the music of the Palladium Ballroom-era (1947-1966), the program is unique in its ability to contextualize the impact of the Mambo craze within the broader mid-century modern scene, as well as its lasting impact on all genres of music and popular culture.
Space is limited and RSVP’s are ABSOLUTELY REQUIRED by calling Smithsonian at: 202-633-4866. Mr. Conzo’s last appearance was S.R.O. Reservations are a must.
“Metro Mambo” is supported by the Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum (ACM), the Smithsonian Latino Center Latino Initiatives Pool via the ACM’s Curator of Latino Studies, and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.
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