Lou Marini, Jr.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Bronx Conexión Latin-Jazz Big Band is a dynamic twenty-one piece ensemble led by percussionist, composer, and arranger, educator Victor Rendón.
Established by Rendón in 2012, with the support of the Lehman College Music Department, the Bronx Conexión began as a “jazz” rehearsal band, performing stock charts by Count Basie, Thad Jones and Mel Lewis. The breakthrough came when Rendón, trombonist Rick Faulkner and pianist Joe Mannozzi decided to include new, original material. Today, the repertoire includes a wide variety of music that appeals to listeners and dancers alike, including original compositions and selections influenced by the songbooks of Tito Puente, Machito, Tito Rodriguez, Mario Bauza and Chico O’ Farrill among others.
Rendón’s “secret weapons” are the core players; seasoned, musicians and composers with a broad range of experience and guests: trumpeter Claudio Roditi, John “Dandy” Rodriguez on bongos, tenor saxophonists Lew Tabackin, Lou Marini Jr. and Jorge Maldonado on guiro and maracas.
True Flight highlights the band’s virtuosity and offers a spectacular array of music. Tunes such as Café Sin Leche and True Flight merge mambo with traces of Cuban Timba; master percussionist Wilson “Chembo” Corniel’s stretches wonderfully on La Buena Gente; Rick Faulkner contributes Lagos, a bembé featuring the percussion section on güiro, batá; Generoso, a Mambo in the style of Beny Moré and the swinging, Oriente. Vocalist, Cascadú is featured on the Brazilian Groove, Island Woman and Bob Marley’s, No Woman, No Cry. Also, the group performs a moving interpretation of Carlos Santana’s Europa (Earth’s Cry, Heaven’s Smile) featuring Joe Stelluti on tenor sax.
The ensemble has performed at the Johnny Pacheco Latin Music & Jazz Festival and various functions at Lehman College. Also, the band holds a residency at the renowned Nuyorican Poets Café, where it performs regularly on the second Tuesday of every month.
Much like the stunning cover art, by graphic artist, Victor Manuel Rendón, whose artwork depicts the performers ascending on a journey of creation as they strive for True Flight, the album marks a new chapter in the Bronx Conexión’s trajectory. Listen and dance to the exciting, joyous sounds of an ensemble that is destined for greatness.
Join the Bronx Conexión Latin Jazz Big-Band on April 12, 2016, as they celebrate the release of True Flight at the Nuyorican Poets Café. For information and tickets visit: www.nuyorican.org
True Flight, Generoso, Café Sin Leche, Europa (Earth’s Cry Heaven’s Smile), Buena Gente, Island Woman, Oriente, Lagos, No Woman, No Cry.
Lou Marini, Jr.
Victor Rendón – timbales, batá (Iyá), shekere, quijada (jawbone of donkey), frog rasp, rainstick, Wilson “Chembo” Corniel – congas, batá (Itótele), campana, woodblocks, clave, ocean drum, Cascadú – shekere, cajón base, batá (Okónkolo), pandeiro, cuica, triangle, cricket, tan-tan, shakers, frog rasp, woodblocks, windchimes, pods, rainstick, and other miscellaneous percussion, Yasuyo Kimura – bongó & cencerro, shekere, guataca, shaker, cajón repicador, frog rasp, agogo
Cascadú – “Island Woman” & “No Woman, No Cry”
Flute – Jessica Valiente
Alto Saxophone – Al Acosta
Alto Saxophone / Clarinet – Debra Kreisberg
Tenor Saxophone / Flute – Joe Stelluti, Chris Stelluti
Baritone Saxophone / Clarinet – Karl Watson
Trumpet / Flugel – Anibal Martínez, Guido Gonzalez, John Replogle, Kathleen Doran
Trombones – Rick Faulkner
Claudio Roditi – trumpet solo on “Café Sin Leche” & “Lagos”
Jennifer Freedman– support vocal on “No Woman, No Cry”
Johnny Rodríguez – bongos on “Generoso”, “Europa”, & “Oriente”
Jorge Maldonado – maracas & güiro on “Generoso”, “Europa” & “Oriente, ” Lew Tabackin– tenor sax solo on “La Buena Gente”
Lou Marini, Jr. – tenor sax solo on “Island Woman”
American Showplace Music
Danceable Latin-Jazz Tracks:
Café Sin Leche
Big Band Latin-Jazz Tracks
Ballad / Bolero
Europa, Vocal Track with a Braziian / Caribbean Feel
Vocal Track with Afro-Peruvian Percussion
No Woman, No Cry.
Victor Rendón Website: www.victorendon.com
Bronx Conexion Website: bronxconexionlatinjazz.com
Contact Victor Rendón: email@example.com
Record Label: American Showcase Music, Tortilla Flat