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Sunday, January 12, 2014

Celebrating Melissa Mark-Viverito, NYC's first Latina Council Speaker

Celebrating Melissa Mark Viverito feat. Prodigio Claudio w/ Zon del Barrio...¡WEPA!



 

Thursday, November 28, 2013

3 Kings Day / Octavitas @ SOB's Fri. Jan. 10, 2014

THIS JUST IN: WE WILL BE JOINED, DIRECT FROM PUERTO RICO, BY PRODIGIO CLAUDIO, a virtuoso on the cuatro.

We will also be celebrating Melissa Mark-Viverito as the first Latina/ Puerto Rican Speaker of the City Council. Here is the jingle we wrote for her eight years ago that today is prophetic: CON MELISSA MEJORO EL PUEBLO...




Join us for our traditional 3 Kings Day / Octavitas dedicated to Yomo Toro. Bring your instruments, join our parranda and enjoy the music and special guest surprises.

Reserve your table now at SOB's for Friday, January 10, 2014

WEPA, WEPA, WEPA…

Stir the memories with this holiday story of a Puerto Rican Christmas in New York: Just click on the link below. FELICIDADES :-)








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Wednesday, October 02, 2013

ZDB w/ Larry Harlow & Alfredo "Chocolate" Armenteros

SUNDAY, OCT. 13, 2013 Queens Center Mall, 6 P.M.

An exclusive Zon del Barrio concert with guest artists:

Fania all-star Larry Harlow, El Judio Maravilloso &
Alfredo "Chocolate" Armenteros, the Louis Armstrong of the Afro Cuban trumpet_

PLUS

The superstar salsa team of Yesenia Adame and Rodrigo Guzman __from the hit TV show:
DANCING WITH THE STARS!!!!

Win tickets to Vegas & Universal Music Latin Entertainment’s after-party, enjoy a high energy fashion show, interactive games and more. Don't miss this fiesta filled weekend at the Queens Center Mall.



UN CONCIERTO EXCLUSIVO DE ZON DEL BARRIO CON ARTISTAS INVITADOS:

FANIA ALL-STAR LARRY HARLOW y

ALFREDO "CHOCOLATE" ARMENTEROS

ADEMAS

El duo dynamico de los bailarines del show de television: DANCING WITH THE STARS: YESENIA ADAME Y RODRIGO GUZMAN.

UN FIN DE SEMANA PARA GUARACHAR Y CELEBRAR NUESTRA CULTURA EN El MALL DE QUEENS.


 

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

ZDB orq. @ the Brentwood Cultural Fiesta, Sun. Sept. 22 5 pm

HERE COMES THE ANNUAL BRENTWOOD CULTURAL STREET FESTIVAL!

Sunday
September 22 from noon to 6:00 p.m., on Suffolk Avenue beginning at the Brentwood Road/Washington Avenue
intersection and extending westward for 3 blocks to Monroe Avenue.
In addition to exciting children's activities and tented art exhibits displaying works by some of our area's finest
painters and other visual artists, the Festival will feature a steady stream of world-class, culturally diverse bands and
dancers. The stage schedule (photos attached):
• Noon - El Teatro Rodante Hispanico - A premier local Latin dance group.
• 12:15 - Mariachi Cuscatlan - A great mariachi band, from El Salvador.
• 1:00 - Conjunto Sabori - Outstanding local traditional salsa band.
• 2:00 - The Liverpool Shuffle - An "amazing Beatles tribute band" that performs "with electricity,
intensity and a sense of humor" that "sets it apart from the rest."
• 3:00 - Papo Vazquez Pirates Troubadours - Grammy nominee Papo Vazquez and his Pirates
Troubadours are "a hot band of virtuoso Latin Jazz musicians" hailed "as spectacular to watch as they are to listen
to, ... a force of nature, ... you will never hear anything like this ... Papo Vazquez is the reason we need a Latin Jazz
category at the Grammy Awards."
• 4:00 - Kaïssa - "The sparkling Cameroonian singer" Kaïssa "has become an unmistakable
representative of Cameroonian music to the planet," mesmerizing audiences with "her stunningly beautiful,
powerful, yet silky voice"... "Besides an unquestionable artistic talent, Kaïssa is an authentic and natural beauty who
could make superficial pop singers blush."

• 5:00 - Aurora & Zon Del Barrio - An "innovative and dynamic New York Latin band that brings to the
stage the dance music ... foot stomping, funk based classic salsa, plena, merengue, bomba and boogalu ... from the streets of New York.".

Teatro Experimental Yerbabruja is a nonprofit organization whose primary mission is to use the arts in its numerous
programs as a means of achieving constructive social change in Long Island's diverse communities. Part of that
mission is to hold free-admission cultural events at which diverse audiences come together to see and hear culturally
diverse artists. However, these events would not be possible without the help of its friends and supporters, including
State Assemblyman Phil Ramos, and public funding provided by Suffolk County.
TEATRO EXPERIMENTAL YERBABRUJA, INC.
...connecting performance, community, & education
23 ANNE LANE, CENTRAL ISLIP, NY 11722
(631) 626-3603 E-mail: teatroyerbabruja@gmail.com
Web site:

 

Thursday, August 29, 2013

ZDB 7 @ the 4th Annual Bushwick Block Party Sun. Sept. 1, 2013

This is a down home salsa block party a lo estilo '70s. Every year, Chago throws this party in the back of his bodega where Tito & Ruben hang. So we come together for labor day weekend for this family party of music, food and fun. Join us:

Sunday, September 1,2013
465 Bushwick Avenue and Montieth Street
Flushing Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11206

this year's Block Party is dedicated to "White Boy" who was very much a part of the Bushwick Family.

 

Saturday, August 17, 2013

ZDB @ the Shops @ Atlas Park Mall Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Tuesdays
Starting at 6 PM
July 9th through August 27th

There will have a pre-concert educational demonstration by Mad Science that will amaze and entertain followed by a concert.

August 27th - Summer Rocket Show & Zon Del Barrio

The Shops @ Atlas Park Mall
8000 Cooper Ave
Glendale, NY 11385
(718) 326-3300

Zon del Barrio hits @ 7 pm for two sets of rocking, hot, dance music for the entire familia...

Band hits at 7 pm for two sets...

Click here for their internet page:
http://shopatlaspark.com/Events/Details/177680?startDate=8%2F27%2F2013

This event is FREE

 

Sunday, August 04, 2013

Yomo Toro Place is a reality...

This is Puerto Rican culture in New York: The Highbridge section of the Bronx celebrated the street re-naming of Ogden Avenue on 162nd & Summit to YOMO TORO PLACE on Saturday, July 27, 2013 on what would've been the King of the Cuatro's 80th birthday. Known as the Jimi Hendrix of the small, ten stringed Puerto Rican cuatro, the "funky Jibaro" (hillbilly) was an icon of Puerto Rican culture and a Fania All-Star bringing the national instrument of the island into the commercial "salsa" world with his many recordings and compositions. It was the love of his daughter Denise Toro the engine for organizing this event in three weeks with no budget but with the help of a community and Yomo Toro's friends in the industry the small Bronx street that a superstar called home was re-ignited with the excitement, joy, and hope that many brought with them on this day.

Big "thank yous" go out to Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture, Bob Sancho of Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center and Hector Aponte of the NYC Parks Department, the Caribbean Cultural Center as well as the 100 Hispanic Men, Adam Clayton Powell IV, Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito and Dj Brian who all stepped up at the very last moment to make this event a reality...

Even Paul Simon sent this statement: “Yomo Toro was the fastest left-hander since Randy Johnson and Johnson couldn't play "Quitate Tu" or "Asalto Navideño" on the cuatro even if he wore a red felt hat. God bless Yomo Toro. May his street be as joyful and wondrous as his music. “

Orq. Broadway's Eddy Zervigon sent a statement as well as Oscar Hernandez of the Spanish Harlem Orchestra and Adalberto Santiago sent a recorded message as well as the noted Fania All-Star em cee: Paco Navarro. Ismael Miranda telephoned and spoke live to the crowd as he was patched in through the sound system before the street was unveiled to cheers from the many who attended & spoke about their memories of Yomo Toro. Among the many were:
Jose Alberto, El Canario; Larry Harlow, El Judio Maravilloso; Eddie Montalvo & Nicky Marrero, Jose Mangual Fania All-Star alums; Frankie Morales, Papo Vasquez; Benny Bonilla, Rene Lopez, Johnny Cruz, Chembo Corniel, Bobby Sanabria, Junior Rivera, and Alex Masucci. Even Congressman Jose Serrano recalled his days as an em cee at the Bronx's Club Cubano when he would announce and pall around with Yomo Toro alongside Lorraine Montenegro who recalled the many times Yomo would sit all day on two milk crates playing his little guitar next to her mother Evelina Antonetty who was registering Latinos to vote in the Bronx.

Direct from Puerto Rico we had the virtuoso "cuatrista" (guitarrist) Prodijio Claudio alongside his guitarrist and troubador Domingo Rodriguez. They started the day playing many of the acoustic Puerto Rican genres for the press before they played salsa on stage with Zon del Barrio alongside our own electric guitarrist Carlos Ponce illustrating the MANY SIDES of YOMO who played folk, rock, salsa on any guitar, acoustic or electric, on any Cuban tres and his favorite the Puerto Rican cuatro.... ¡Que Viva Yomo Toro!



 

Sunday, July 14, 2013

YOMO TORO PLACE

JOIN Denise Toro & Zon del Barrio us on this glorious day in memory of Yomo Toro. THE STREET where Yomo lived for more than 30 years on 162nd & Ogden Avenue will be renamed YOMO TORO PLACE on this day that would've marked the maestro's 80th birthday.

DIRECT FROM PUERTO RICO, we'll be joined onstage by the cuatro virtuoso Prodijio Claudio in tribute to Yomo Toro.


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Yomo Toro
7.26.33 — 6.30.12

Musicians, artists, poets, and friends who want to participate, please contact us so we can fit you into the program.

Remarks 11 a.m. — 1 pm

Musical performances 1 — 4 pm





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> A Street is Named for Yomo Toro in the Bronx
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Right in the shadows of Yankee Stadium where the world renown guitarrist, Fania music legend,
and all around humanitarian spent more than three decades will be renamed YOMO TORO PLACE in honor of the funky "jibaro" Yomo Toro.
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> Saturday, July 27, 2013
> 162nd Street btwn Ogden & Summit Avenues
> Bronx, NY 10452
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> 11 a.m. — 1 p.m. Remarks
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> 1 p.m. — 5 p.m. Music & entertainment
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> Join the many community leaders, artists, celebrities, politicians, poets and more who will gather at the hill on the former 162nd Street and Ogden Avenue in the Bronx for the celebration of Yomo Toro Place the day after what would've been his 80th birthday.
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> Music by Orq. Zon del Barrio with special guest, direct from Puerto Rico, guitarrist and leading cuatro player, Prodijio Claudio.
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> Sparked by Denise Toro, his eldest daughter, after Yomo’s death last year June 30th, her dream was to have the Bronx street where the Fania All-Star alum made his home for more than three decades named after him as a testament to his love of community and the down home way he was always greeted on his block after traveling the world with his small, lute-like ten stringed guitar. "Everyone knew my father on that block. He loved the way the shop owners, 'bodegueros,' and everyone would greet him by name whenever he came back from one of his trips."
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> After receiving the official news July 3rd, she flew into action to have the ceremony coincide with his birthday weekend and the community supported her. With the backing of Hostos Center for the Arts and Culture, Bronx Lebanon Hospital, the NYC Parks Department, and the 100 Hispanic Men her dream for Yomo Toro Place is a reality.
>
> Dubbed the "Jimi Hendrix of the cuatro" by the NY Times owing to his machine gun rapid fire left handed riffs Yomo Toro was celebrated around the world with statues erected in his honor from Japan, where he visited often to his hometown where he was born in Guánica, Puerto Rico, a U.S. commonwealth.

> Take the #4 train to Yankee Stadium and walk to the new Yomo Toro Place or you can take the B13 bus from the stadium to the new street named after Yomo Toro.

> Yomo Toro is resting comfortably at St. Michael's Cemetary in East Elmhurst, Queens next to his daughter Patricia and his son Victor.

La Cuesta de Josefina: Latin jazz for Yomo Toro




> It truly is Christmas in July as community leaders, artists, celebrities, politicians, poets and more gather at the hill on the former 162nd Street and Ogden Avenue in the Bronx for the celebration of Yomo Toro Place, a New York Street named for the renowned Puerto Rican guitarist, Fania All-Star and King of the Cuatro on Saturday, July 27, 2013, the day after what would've been his 80th birthday.

From 11 a.m. until 1 pm there will be spoken remarks from many who knew and loved the fast fingered little “monster” of the ten stringed guitar known as the “cuatro” followed by music from Orchestra Zon del Barrio recreating some of the Fania jams and Christmas classics Yomo Toro was known for. Invited guest artists include direct from Puerto Rico Prodigio Claudio, one of the Island's virtuoso cuatro players who was, as a child, inspired by Yomo Toro’s Christmas recording, Asalto Navideño, before his family moved back to Puerto Rico from New Jersey where he studied with Maso Rivera and is today one of the Island's leading exponents of its national instrument: the "cuatro."

On hand for the ceremonies are Fania All-Stars, Ismael Miranda, Larry Harlow, Eddie Montalvo, Afro-Cuban trumpet legend Alfredo "Chocolate" Armenteros, percussionists Jose Mangual, Jr., Luis Mangual, Chembo Corniel, Benny Bonilla, Bobby Sanabria, Johnny Cruz, tresero Junior Rivera, Cita Rodriguez, Roberto Chango and many others. Confirmed speakers include: Rene Lopez, Jose Rafael Mendez, Bob Sancho, Richie Bonilla, Malin Falu, Mike Amadeo, Rachel Faro of Ashé Records, Councilmember Melissa Mark-Viverito, Adam Clayton Powell IV, Julio Pabon, WXTV Ch.41 producer Bill Nieves formerly with the Yomo Toro Show, Rafael Toro, Willie Rodriguez, Glenn Acosta (Marc Anthony), members of Community Board #4, District Manager Jose Rodriguez, Maria del Carmen Arroyo, Joann Otero and more as the list is growing.

Sparked by Denise Toro, his eldest daughter after Yomo’s death last year June 30th, her dream was to have the Bronx street where the Fania All-Star alum made his home for more than three decades named after him as a testament to his love of community and the down home way he was always greeted on his block after traveling the world with his small, lute-like ten stringed guitar. "Everyone knew my father on that block. He loved the way the shop owners, 'bodegueros,' and everyone would greet him by name whenever he came back from one of his trips." After receiving the official news July 3rd, she flew into action to have the ceremony coincide with his birthday weekend and the community supported her. With the backing of Hostos Center for the Arts and Culture, Bronx Lebanon Hospital, the NYC Parks Department, and the 100 Hispanic Men her dream for Yomo Toro Place is a reality.
>
> Dubbed the "Jimi Hendrix of the cuatro" by the NY Times owing to his machine gun rapid fire left handed riffs Yomo Toro was celebrated around the world with statues erected in his honor from Japan, where he visited often to his hometown where he was born in Guánica, Puerto Rico, a U.S. commonwealth.
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> Yomo Toro is resting comfortably at St. Michael's Cemetary in East Elmhurst, Queens next to his daughter Patricia and his son Victor.
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> Take the #4 train to Yankee Stadium and walk to the new Yomo Toro Place or you can take the B13 bus from the stadium to the new street named after Yomo Toro.
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> Sponsored by the Hostos Community College Foundation with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural affairs;
> The Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center; New York City Department of Parks; One Hundred Hispanic Men and the Caribbean Cultural Center.
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> En Español:
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> A pesar del afixio pesado de estos dias de calores vamos a celebrar como si fuera Navidad en Julio el sabado dia 27 de este mes empezando a las 11 de la mañana cuando la calle de la 162 y Avenida Ogden
> Yomo Toro Place en tributo al Rey del Cuatro Puertorriqueño, Yomo Toro. Al son de palabras, memorias, y por supuesto música lideres de la comunidad, politicos, artistas, poetas y mas se unen a rendir honores a esta figura internacional de la salsa, música jibara y el jazz quien fue Yomo Toro en el fin de semana que hubiera cumplido sus 80 años.
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> Empezando a las 11 am hasta las 1 pm se escucharan las palabras y memorias de sus compañeros de música, familiares, amistades y muchos que compartian tarima y alegria con el mas querido músico de la Fania All-Stars seguida por la música de Zon del Barrio, la ultima banda con cual el grabo y paso los finales diez años antes de su fallecimiento el 30 de junio del 2012.
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> Tambien, directamente de Puerto Rico escucharan el virtuoso Prodijio Claudio con su cuatro en la tarima quien se inspiro cuando primero oyo las cuerdas de Yomo sonar desde la grabacion de Fania Asalto Navideño cuando el fue niño y parrandeaba en las calles de New Jersey con su familia antes de que se mudaron a Puerto Rico adonde el joven estudio con Maso Rivera y hoy en dia es uno de los mas destacados en el instrumento nacional de la isla del encanto.
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> “Fue un sueño mio y de papi tener una calle con el nombre del y algo que le prometi le hiba hacer realidad,” dijo su hija mayor, Denise Toro cuando le dieron las noticias oficialmente el 3 de julio que el Alcaldo firmo la ley convirtiendo Ogden a Yomo Toro Way. "A papi le encataba como todos en el vecindario, desde Cali con su taller de percusion en la esquina hasta el bodeguero de la esquina lo saludaban cada vez que el llegaba de un giso." Con poco tiempo y menos dinero la comunidad le respaldo de inmediato contando con el apoyo de Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture, Bronx Lebanon Hospital, the NYC Parks Department y la organizacion 100 Hispanic Men entre otros para hacer realidad de Yomo Toro Place una calle en Nueva York nombrada por el humilde jibarito de Ensenada, Guánica en la isla de Puerto Rico.
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> Llamado "El Jimi Hendrix del Cuatro" por el New York Times, Yomo Toro se extendió a muchos ambientes de grabación musical con grandes como Harry Belafonte, Paul Simon, Linda Ronstadt, Gloria Estafan y David Byrne. Su imagen se captura en estatuas elegidas en su honor tanto en Japón como en su ciudad natal de Guanica.
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> A pesar de haber viajado el mundo entero, tener su grupo de trio, ser miembro de las “estrellas de Fania,” y hacer películas, Yomo mantuvo una simple vida humildemente viviendo entre la gente de su barrio del Bronx adonde se instalo en la sección de Tremont desde el 1973, después de una temporada de haber residido en Brooklyn y en el Barrio. Yomo se presento en la Casa Blanca con el mismo orgullo, vigor y entusiasmo que compartía con sus hermanos musicales durante los bailes anuales en su barrio del Bronx en el Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center donde realizo su ultimo concierto en Octubre del 2010. Entre sus compañeros Yomo fue considerado el mas humilde entre los artistas, una rareza en esta sociedad urbana.
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> Yomo fue el "anti-Diva" siempre humilde, sin aires, sin luos, sin celos sin embargo lleno de una poderosa fuerza de espiritu, generosidad y una alegria que llenaba el mundo con su luz y bondad. Una ALMA DE DIOS en todo su sentido, un ejemplo de lo que es ser un musicó, hijo, padre, hermano y un GRAN SER HUMANO.
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> El súper sonido de Yomo en la salsa tanto como su estilo único en la música jíbara de Puerto Rico se escucha por en el críticamente aclamado disco debut de Zon del Barrio “La Tribu de Cortijo” seguido en el 2010 por el sencillo "Homenaje al Sonero Mayor" su ultima grabación donde Yomo se escucha volando, innovando y estrechando su virtuosismo en la cuerdas de su querido cuatro en sus ultimos diez años de presentaciones con este grupo y otros en la farandula.
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> Yomo Toro se encuentra descansando en St. Michael's Cemetary en East Elmhurst, Queens al lado de su hija Patricia y su hijo Victor.
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> Pueden tomar el tren #4 hasta Yankee Stadium y caminar al nuevo Yomo Toro Place o montarse en el bus B13 hasta el nuevo Yomo Toro Place.
> oficialmente se llamada
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> Gracias al apoyo y respaldo de: Hostos Community College Foundation with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural affairs;
> The Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center; New York City Department of Parks; One Hundred Hispanic Men and the Caribbean Cultural Center.

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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Clips from our Father's Day tribute to Alfredo "Chocolate" Armenteros

Some highlights from our show honoring the 85 year old Afro-Cuban legend of the trumpet: Alfredo "Chocolate" Armenteros.... give it a thumbs up!




Our original tune we wrote for the Louis Armstrong of the Afro-Cuban trumpet: Chocolate Armenteros... Aurora wrote the words, Orested came up w/ the coro and David Fernandez wrote and arranged the music: PA' QUE RESPETEN....



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Saturday, June 08, 2013

Celebrate Father's Day w/ Zon del Barrio & 85 Years of Sweet Dark Chocolate

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85 Years of Sweet Dark Chocolate Candy...
Join us on Father's Day as we celebrate 85 years of Alfredo "Chocolate" Armenteros and his Afro-Cuban Trumpet on Sunday, June 16, 2013,
2 – 4 pm at the
Harlem Meer on 110th Street
between Fifth & Lenox Avenues
INSIDE Central Park by the boat house.

And it's free! What could be better? Picnic or fish by the lake as we perform and celebrate our Afro-Antillian music w/ the Father of the Cuban trumpet, our own Louis Armstrong, "Chocolate" Armenteros.

After recording with Rene Alvarez & his "salseros," the young trumpet player made history in Arsenio Rodriguez' shape shifting "conjunto" band style where the blind composer & guitarist (Cuban tres) changed the musical line up giving rise to the instrumentation seen today in Latin music bands.

From there Chocolate formed and was musical director of his cousin Benny Moré's big band orchestra in Cuba. He arrived on the streets of N.Y. in 1957, played in the orchestras of Machito where he met Dizzy Gillespie and then moved on to play with Tito Puente, Johnny Pacheco, Larry Harlow, Eddie & Charlie Pamieri, Ismael Rivera, Grupo Folklorico Experimental Nuevayorquino, as well as his own conjunto where he had several catchy tunes fromSigan la Clave (click here to hear the original) to Nicolasa, Tu Lengua Tiene Pimienta.

He was part of the SAR All-Stars and he can be seen schooling Wynton Marsalis on the art of the Afro-Cuban trumpet on this video: Chocolate & Wynton Marsalis.

You'll be hearing more of Chocolate as he graces our upcoming recording "The Forgotten Zone" in a song written especially for him called: "El Zon de Chocolate."

Wherever he is, whether jumping off the stage while on tour in Martinique w/ Zon del Barrio (pictured below) to dance with five ladies waiting for him or in front of his apartment in East Harlem where everyone, young & veterans stop to say hello, Chocolate can be found through the scent of his aromatic cigar in one hand, a smooth cognac in the other followed by a contagiously happy cackle that lets you know this 85 year old still plays, dances and sings his songs to life through the mouthpiece of his trumpet...

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