Tumbao refers to a drum or bass pattern of Afro-Cuban origin. For Tumbao 21, it’s the rhythm that unites Cuban, Puerto Rican, and other Latin music for urban Latinos in the 21st century. The music of Tumbao 21 respects the heritage of Big Band and Salsa, while introducing a new musical style that modernizes folk music inherent to Latin culture. The instrumentation includes 15 horns and Afro-Caribbean percussion.
The Tumbao 21 project is a collaboration between four seasoned writer/composers who each bring a unique take and various levels of expertise on music history and Latin culture. In early 2013, Tony Shogren and Tony Manjarrez reconnected after 25 years, and wanted to put their creative energies together for a raw, experimental spin on Latin big band music. They worked online and by phone with fellow musician and big band composer Mike Yturralde. Soon, Johnny Crespo, a singer/lyricist and major part of the Latin music scene for over 30 years, was brought on as the fourth and final member of the writing group. (The team is pictured below with co-conductor Oscar Hernandez.)
The album, not yet recorded, has attracted musical groups including the Spanish Harlem Orchestra and Lucky 7. Section leaders and musicians for Tumbao 21 include a Latin Jazz all-star team, featuring Justo Almario, Harry Kim, Arturo Velasco, Joey De Leon Jr, Kevin Ricard, and Joe Rotondi. These Grammy-nominated and award-winning musicians have played in the top Latin Jazz and Salsa music scenes, among many other genres.
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