Spanish Harlem Orchestra’s Latin Jazz Project
Written by Jim Benitez on May 18, 2020
On Latin Jazz Now this Friday, May 22 at 7 pm, you’ll have the pleasure of enjoying Spanish Harlem Orchestra’s latest release, “SHO The Latin Jazz Project” in its entirety, as it will be released the same day. You don’t want to miss this!
The multi-GRAMMY® Award-Winning Spanish Harlem Orchestra expands their repertoire with the release of The Latin Jazz Project, due out on Artistshare on MAY 22, 2020. After flashing glimpses of their Latin Jazz prowess over the course of their previous six recordings, plus two Montreal Jazz Festival performances, SHO goes ‘all in’ on “The Latin Jazz Project,” their first full-length Latin Jazz release. A litany of top-tier jazz artists joins the ensemble as featured guest soloists: Kurt Elling, Bob Franceschini, Jimmy Haslip, Tom Harrell, Dave Liebman, Bob Mintzer, Joe Locke, Jonathan Powell, Michael Rodriguez, and Miguel Zenon.
“The Latin Jazz Project” presents a new side to the Spanish Harlem Orchestra. Co-producer and trombonist Doug Beavers says: “…we really wanted to present SHO in a different light with this project–that of a world-class ensemble that can go toe-to-toe with any renowned jazz ensemble or jazz orchestra in the world. For this, we thought the vehicle of Latin Jazz gave us the best medium to explore how different jazz masters would mesh with the orchestra and explore the idiom. The results you’ll hear are very natural sounding and exciting as if these jazz greats had been performing with SHO for years.”
With “The Latin Jazz Project,” Spanish Harlem Orchestra adds to an impressive discography that showcases a dynamic musical legacy built upon their previous six releases. These recordings have garnered five GRAMMY® nominations and three wins (in 2004 for sophomore album Across 110th Street; in 2010 for Viva La Tradicion; and last year for Anniversary).
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SHO at the 2003 Montreal Jazz Festival: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVEwK5ry4CY
SHO at the 2018 Montreal Jazz Festival: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zrnqXilX2M