See 'Adelante! LIVE' Outdoors at Barron Arts

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Latin Rhythm with Traditional Jazz Influences: Adelante! LIVE on the lawn of Woodbridge’s Barron Arts Center will take place at 8 pm on August 23. The arts center is located at 582 Rahway Avenue.

Jazz musician Mike Kaplan leads Adelante! performing as part of the Latin Fusion: Jersey Style Concert Series. Concert admission is free, with a suggested donation of $5. Reservation are not required. In case of rain, the concert will be held indoors and seating will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. Call 732-634-0413 for more information. 

Adelante! is an 8 piece band that combines Latin rhythms from around the Caribbean with Jazz influences.  The band features the dynamic Cuban sonero (lead singer) David Oquendo out front. Adelante’s material takes into account both tipico (traditional) & modern Latin music forms and infuses its arrangements with the creativity and improvisation of Jazz. 

Adelante! has a 3 man horn section, which includes the leader Mike Kaplan on tenor saxophone, Rob Henke on trumpet and Ben Williams on trombone.  In addition to Latin bands, this horn section has played together in diverse musical situations ranging from big bands to rhythm and blues.   The powerful groove in the band is supplied by piano, bass and percussion.  The band also sings coros (background vocals) to urge on David.  

Latin music aficionados will find familiar classic songs (such as “Mama Guela” and “Bilongo”)  updated for the 21st century among the band’s repertoire.  Jazz nuts will recognize material by Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk and others given a fresh new recipe with hot Caribbean and African spices.  Adelante!’s musical book also features original compositions (both instrumental and vocal) by the members of the band. 

Experience the exciting, fresh and surprising musical potpourri that is Adelante! 

Mike Kaplan – leader/arranger/tenor saxophone    Has recorded with Chico Mendoza’s Latin Jazz Dream Band, Coco Lagos y sus Orquesta, Juan Oliva y sus Progressiva, Orquesta Royal.  His original arrangements were featured on  Orquesta Royal’s “Magia Musical” and  La Progressiva’s “Progressando Con Sabor”. His Nonet’s cd, “How’s That?” was played on over 150 jazz radio shows and stations worldwide. 

David Oquendo – sonero/percussion/guitar  Born in Havana, Cuba in 1958 and emigrated to the US in the late ‘80s.  Has performed with Compay Segundo, Marc Anthony, Pacquito D’Rivera, Johnny Pacheco, Gato Barbieri, Gilberto Santa Rosa and many others. Has a Grammy Award for the album “Tropicana’s Nights” with Pacquito D’Rivera, a Grammy nomination for “Bebop Timba” with Rafael Cruz and 3 separate Grammy nominations for the band he leads, Raices Habaneras.  His most recent cd is “”El Encuentro”, co-led with trombonist Roswell Rudd.      

About the Latin Fusion: Jersey Style series

This concert is part of the Latin Fusion: Jersey Style series, an all encompassing arts series that celebrates Latin influences in New Jersey and how New Jersey in turn has influenced Latin culture.

Gallery hours are Mondays through Fridays 11 am to 4 pm and on weekend, the hour are 2 pm to 4 pm.

The Barron Arts Center always accepts donations for the Mayor’s Food Bank and The Woodbridge Animal Shelter. Become a “fan” of the “Barron Arts Center” on our Facebook page to get all of the latest information on upcoming programs and events.


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