Mazel Tov Mis Amigos At The Lincoln Center

GuerrillaGroup_1_MTposter_14In 1961, Latin and Jazz star Ray Barretto, Willie Rodriguez, Charlie Palmieri, Clark Terry, and Doc Cheatham entered a New York City studio and recorded a legendary album, Mazel Tov Mis Amigos, under the imagined band name, Juan Calle and His Latin Lanztmen. The album moved Jewish standards in Latin time, translating traditional Yiddish and Hebrew melodies into Latin rumbas, cha-chas, and meringues. On August 23rd, at the Lincoln Center, the process will be repeated for one night only as the Idelsohn Society for Musical preservation will celebrate its re-release of Mazel Tov Mis Amigos as a remastered album by recreating it in its entirety from start to finish under the musical direction of Grammy award winning Arturo O’Farrill and His Afro-Cuban Sextet. They will be joined by a star-studded line up of Fania recording artist Larry “El Judeo Maravilliso” Harlow, The Antibalas Horns, The Fort Apache Band’s Andy Gonzalez, Sandra Valasquez of Pistolera, Jeremiah Lockwood of The Sway Machinery, Brave Old World’s Michael Alpert, and 94 year old Bagels and Bongos pioneer, Irving Fields. Mazel Tov Mis Amigos is set for release August 11th (distributed by Nail and Ioda) it features 11 tracks, accompanied by Josh Kun’s extensive liner notes and a gallery of images from archives across the country.

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