Friday, Nov 11, 2016; 6PM
WBAI Latin Music Fundraiser @ SOB’s
-86 year old singing legend Willie Torres will come out of retirement for a brief, but historic performance, as a guest vocalist joining the venerable New Swing Sextet. Both will be awarded the WBAI Lifetime Achievement Award, in a night filled with music. Proceeds to benefit continuing Latin music on WBAI. Get your tickets soon. This promises to be a once in a lifetime event.
-Also performing will be 3 other great musical acts: Jimmy Delgado & His Orchestra; Chico Alvarez y Conjunto Sabor; and the debut performance of Arturo Ortiz y 7 Con Calle. Radio host Nando Albericci will emcee the event. Other surprise guests are expected.
-Willie Torres has been on the Latin music scene for 7 decades, dating back to the late 1940s. He is a founding member of the Joe Cuba Sextet; and the last surviving band personnel. As a lead singer and corista, his vocals have appeared on 150 plus albums and approximately 1500 recordings – one of the most recorded vocalists in Latin music history. He has recorded with just about every major Latin music figure of the past half century and more. Willie is credited as being the 1st mainstream Latino singer to sing English lyrics to a mambo beat, on Nick Jimenez’ historic 1955 composition “Mambo of The Times,” as such, inaugurating the Salsa In English genre. Additionally, with Nick’s music and Willie’s English lyric on the song “To Be With You,” they are the progenitors of the Latin Soul genre.
-Reflecting sophistication and swing, The New Swing Sextet celebrates 51 years in the Latin music industry. As one of the most enduring music groups, they have been responsible for a treasure trove of wondering music. Skillfully nurtured by veteran musicians leader-vibist George Rodríguez and vocalist-conguero Angel Luis Justiniano, the Sextet is still going strong after a half century of music making. Currently, the group is working on a brand new CD to be released in the foreseeable future.
-Event flyer designed by: Edwin García, Esq.
-For more info on Willie Torres, download the FREE .PDF “The Willie Torres Discography.” Available at the internet archive.org:
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