Spanish Harlem Orchestra

December 19


07:30 pm - 09:00 pm

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201 Franklin St

San Francisco, CA, United States, 94102

As “the leading light of the salsa reconstruction movement” (Newsday), the Spanish Harlem Orchestra knows how to turn any event into an ecstatic celebration. With its beloved “Salsa Navidad” program the 13-piece ensemble puts the clave in Christmas, delivering Latin American holiday songs and salsa-fied Christmas standards with patented rhythmic panache.

This year the band has more to celebrate than ever after winning a third Grammy Award with its sixth release Anniversary (ArtistShare), which was co-produced by East Bay-raised trombonist/arranger Doug Beavers. Founded in 2002 by pianist/arranger/producer Oscar Hernandez, who earned renown as a key member of Ruben Blades’ popular and innovative Seis Del Solar combo, the Spanish Harlem Orchestra takes its mission seriously. The band’s meteoric success is due to Hernandez’s superlative personnel and smart arrangements that harken back to the legendary bands that ruled New York’s Palladium Ballroom, where Machito, Tito Puente, Tito Rodriguez and Eddie Palmieri held court throughout the 1950s and 60s. Their irresistible dance music came to be known as salsa dura, or hard salsa, to differentiate it from the pop-inflected salsa romantica sound of the 1980s.