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Michel Camilo Trio + Tipica 73 40th Anniversary Concert @ Lehman Center
(Published: September 04, 2012)

Lehman Center for the Performing Arts opens its fabulous 32nd season with an incredible night of the best Salsa and Latin jazz performed by some of the world's most extraordinary musicians. Latin jazz piano sensation MICHEL CAMILO brings his "MANO A MANO" TRIO, featuring GIOVANNI HIDALGO on percussion and LINCOLN GOINES on bass, hot off tours of Europe and South America and a self-titled new album, to Lehman Center on Saturday, September 15, 2012 at 8pm.

Legendary Salsa band TIPICA '73 will perform that evening in celebration of their 40th Anniversary. Originally formed in New York by some of the city's leading Latin musicians, the band became one of the world's foremost Latin outfits. Tipica '73 40th Anniversary features Salseros ADALBERTO SANTIAGO, TITO ALLEN and CAMILO AZUQUITA, under the direction of JOHNNY RODRIGUEZ and SONNY BRAVO. Special guests include Giovanni Hidalgo, Orestes Vilató, Nicky Marrero, Alfredo De La Fe, Nelson Gonzalez, José Grajales, Frankie Vasquez, Jimmy Delgado, George Delgado, Gerry Madera, Ali Bello, and David Santiago. The finale of this concert will feature a "Timbal Jam Session" with Orestes Vilató, Nicky Marrero, Jimmy Delgado and Giovanni Hidalgo.

Lehman Center for the Performing Arts is on the campus of Lehman College/CUNY at 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West, Bronx, NY 10468. Tickets for MICHEL CAMILO "MANO A MANO" TRIO and TIPICA '73 40th ANNIVERSARY on Saturday, September 15, 2012 at 8pm are $55, $50, and $45 and can be purchased by calling the Lehman Center box office at 718.960.8833 (Monday through Friday, 10am-5pm and beginning at 12 noon on the day of the concert), or through 24-hour online access at www.LehmanCenter.org. Lehman Center is accessible by #4 or D train to Bedford Park Blvd. and is off the Saw Mill River Parkway and the Major Deegan Expressway. Low-cost on-site parking is available for $5.

Michel Camilo, Dominican-born, studied for 13 years at the National Conservatory, earning a Professorship in Music degree, and at 16 joined the Dominican Republic's National Symphony Orchestra. Moving to New York in 1979, he studied at Mannes and the Juilliard School. Since his 1985 Carnegie Hall debut he has become a prominent figure at festivals throughout the world. With 22 recordings to date, his latest Mano a Mano, he has received a GRAMMY®, an Emmy, two Latin GRAMMYs and numerous international awards. Camilo has performed with the biggest stars of both jazz and Latin music, including Dizzy Gillespie, Eddie Palmieri, Tito Puente, Herbie Hancock, Mongo Santamaria, Joe Lovano, Gonzalo Rubalcaba and Chucho Valdés. He served two years as Jazz Creative Director Chair of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and a five-year tenure as Musical Director of the Heineken Jazz Festival (Dominican Republic). He was awarded the Herb Alpert Visiting Professorship at Berklee College of Music, where he created the Michel Camilo Scholarship, which provides full tuition plus room and board for four years to a Dominican student studying jazz. The first scholarship winner graduated magna cum laude; the second winner begins studies in the fall.

Tipica '73 was formed in late ‘72 by five of the original lineup split from Ray Barretto's band at height of its popularity: Adalberto Santiago, lead singer; Cuban Orestes Vilató on timbales, doubling on bongo; bongo player Johnny "Dandy" Rodríguez, who had also done stints with Tito Puente and Tito Rodríguez, now moving to congas and presiding over the Típica ‘73 cooperative; trumpeter René López; and bassist Dave Pérez. The five were joined by pianist/arranger Sonny Bravo, born in NYC of Cuban parentage, who became Típica's musical director; trombonist Leopoldo Pineda; and trumpeter/pianist/arranger Joe Mannozzi. Releasing their debut album, Tipica '73, on the Inca label, the group hit upon a fresh and intoxicating sound, as they combined the conjunto percussive style (congas, timbales and bongos) with a horn section, and, in the process, became one of the Salsa movement's leading outfits to hail from New York. A second album, also titled Tipica ‘73, spawned the hit single "Amalia Batista," a cover tune that was originally made famous by Rolando La Serie. But more importantly, the album signaled the debut of a new member, tres player Nelson Gonzalez, who would become an integral member of the group. The group's third release, 1975's La Candela, is often singled out as the most important and best of the group's long career. Soon after its release, original leader Rodriguez Jr. handed the reins over to Sonny Bravo. 1976 saw the release of Rumba Caliente, aided by young Cuban violinist Alfredo de la Fé, lead vocalist Tito Allen, Don Gonzalo Fernández (flute/tenor sax), José Grajales (timbales/conga) and Lionel Sánchez (trumpet), and produced by the renowned Latin percussionist/arranger Louie Ramirez. The LP ushered in a "new sound" and spawned such hits as "Pare Cochero," "Sonaremos el Tambor" and "Guaguanco de los Violentos." The group's fifth release, The Two Sides of Tipica ‘73, is widely considered to be their most musically experimental. After several more albums, they disbanded in the ‘80s. A reunion concert in 1995 in San Juan led to a series of concerts in 1999, including a concert at Lehman Center, where they return to celebrate their 40th anniversary.

Lehman Center is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council. The 2012-2013 season is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, JPMorgan Chase, and through corporations, foundations and private donations.

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