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Jazz 20/02/2022

Grammy Winner Arturo O'Farrill Presents A Tribute To Master Percussionist Eddie Bobe At Hostos Center This March

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Grammy Winner Arturo O'Farrill Presents A Tribute To Master Percussionist Eddie Bobe At Hostos Center This March
New York, NY (Top40 Charts) The Afro Latin Jazz Alliance and Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture present OG Burn, A Tribute To, Un Homenaje a Eddie Bobè to commemorate the life and music of master percussionist Eddie Bobè on Friday, March 18, 2022 & Saturday, March 19, 2022.

Multi-GRAMMY Award-winner Arturo O'Farrill and the 18-piece Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra perform an exhilarating night of music with renowned pianist/composer Michele Rosewoman guest-curating the festivities.

Performing alongside O'Farrill and his acclaimed big band are featured special guest percussion legends Roman Diaz (Percussion/Vocals), Felix Sanabria (Percussion), Gene Golden (Percussion), vocalists Abraham Rodriguez (Percussion/Vocals) and Hector "Papote" Jimenez as well as Jay Rodriguez (saxophone).

"Eddie Bobè was an inspired creative force and master of folkloric percussion and vocal traditions of the African Diaspora," says Guest Curator Michele Rosewoman. "Bobè was a foundational figure in the New York world of percussionists. His old school knowledge and respect combined with his experimental and unique ideas were crucial to both the retention and expansion of these musical and cultural expressions -- traditions and knowledge that can never die, because of committed guardians like Bobé. We are eternally grateful to Eddie Bobè who lives on through his collaborations and contributions."

Eddie Bobé spoke of moments when the groove got so powerful it was said to be "burnin'." Deeply committed to the Pan Caribbean, Pan African, and Pan American percussion practice, maestro Bobè brought that "burnin'" to every groove he played. OG Burn, A Tribute To, Un Homenaje a Eddie Bobè features O'Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra plus special guests in a raucous evening of rumba, bata, guaguanco and every manner of groove that Bobè was a poet of. Repertoire will spotlight compositions from Michele Rosewoman, Arturo O'Farrill, Chico O'Farrill as well as Bobè himself, including classics from his album, Central Park Rumba.

On Friday, March 18 at Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture, a Pre-Show Discussion will be moderated by Dr. C. Daniel Dawson and will include Rosewoman, O'Farrill, Jay Rodriguez, Chris Theberge, and Félix Sanabria. A notable NYC percussionist, entrepreneur and producer, Theberge will share music and video footage surrounding the forthcoming album, Descendientes del Ritmo ("Back to the Root"), which was produced by Eddie Bobè and will now be dedicated to him and is set for release this spring. Descendientes del Ritmo includes performances from Chocolate Armenteros, Chief Rabiu Ayandokun, Eddie Bobè, Randy Brecker, Félix Sanabria, Giovanni Hidalgo, Abie Rodriguez, Nelson Gonzales, and Orlando "Puntilla" Rios. Descendientes del Ritmo connects the Yoruba traditional Bata drumming and that of its descendants in Cuba.

In Memoriam to Eddie Bobé, please view a digital gallery exhibition celebrating his life and legacy at the following link:
Information on OG Burn, A Tribute to, Un Homenaje a Eddie Bobè and additional ALJA 2022 programming can be found at

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