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Tim Mayer! Jazz woodwind specialist & educator from Boston, Massachusetts

November 3, 2007

Eguie Castrillo & His Orchestra

MAMBO IS BACK! Puerto Rican percussionist Eguie Castrillo & His Orchestra, reclaim the PALLADIUM TRADITION with this intense 20 piece Orchestra, full of energy and the excitement of Mambo and Cha-Cha-Cha while also paying homage to the original Mambo Kings: Tito Puente, Tito Rodriguez and Machito.

Having spent his formative years in a supporting role performing with many great artists in Latin Jazz, most recently Arturo Sandoval, with whom he toured for 7 years, Eguie is now based in Boston, teaching in the percussion department at Berklee, and devotes his artistic energy to his big band, which features the music of Tito Puente, Tito Rodriguez, and Machito, as well as arrangements by members of the band who have substantial arranging credits. Greg Hopkins and Humberto Ramirez are among the top contributors of charts.

The band has performed to ecstatic crowds in the Berklee Performance Center, in Boston, the Heineken Jazz Festival and Jazz Festival of Carolina in Puerto Rico. The show features singers, dancers, a huge percussion section, piano, bass, and 12 horns. Eguie also leads a smaller Latin Jazz group, which employs 3 horns, piano, bass, and 3 percussion. The sound of this group, which plays Latin and Jazz standards as well as some orignal compositions, is what Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers might have sounded like if Art had grown up in Puerto Rico.

Electronic Press Kit (EPK)

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