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Spanish Harlem Orchestra
Salsa Navidad

Spanish Harlem Orchestra

DEC 19–22 | Spend the Holidays w/ SFJAZZ

Dec 19, 2019
Miner Auditorium
ThuDec 19

Dance Floor Show

7:30 PM

$50 | $75 | $105

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Please note: Dance floor is General Admission standing room only. If you would prefer seats, please select a different level for this show.

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.

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Uninterested in nostalgia, the Spanish Harlem Orchestra makes music as timeless as the holidays.

They make you get up and dance, tap into the good natured, communal spirit characteristic of Salsa at its timeless best.

Los Angeles Times

They make you get up and dance, tap into the good natured, communal spirit characteristic of Salsa at its timeless best.

Los Angeles Times

Watch & Listen

Spanish Harlem Orchestra

La Media Vuelta

Spanish Harlem Orchestra

Somos Uno (feat. Randy Brecker)

Spanish Harlem Orchestra

La Media Vuelta

Spanish Harlem Orchestra

Somos Uno (feat. Randy Brecker)