Albany Latin Band 1

  • Albany Latin Band 1
  • Albany Latin Band 1
  • Albany Latin Band 1
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Albany Latin Band 1

This Albany Latin Band was formed on October 28, 1980. This 13 piece orchestra play over 100 shows per year performing popular Afro-Caribbean rhythms such as Salsa, Merengue, Cha-cha, Bomba, Plena and Latin Jazz.

They have been the recipients of numerous awards including the Albany – Schenectady League of Arts Award, The Governor´s Excellence in Arts Award, The NAACP Albany Chapter Award, Metroland Magazine´s “Best Of Award” for seven consecutive years, New York State Music Achievement Award and the New England Cultural Arts Preservation Award.

Albany Latin Band performances

This Albany Latin Band has performed for President and Hillary Clinton at the New York State Democratic Convention and also for New York Governor George Pataki´s Inauguration. They have also shared the stage with notables like Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, Los Hermanos Moreno, Arturo Sandoval, Luis “Perico” Ortiz, Ray Barretto, Jane Burnette & The Spirits Of Havana, Larry Harlowe, Tito Nieves, Jerry Gónzalez & The Fort Apache Band , King Changó, The Count Basie and Woodie Herman Orchestras.

The band is also registered with the Arts-In-Education Program in New York State. This program consists of band members going to schools to showcase and explain the music, instruments and rhythms associated with their music.

Albany Latin Band songs

Several of the band´s songs have reached high rankings on some radio stations including a song which held the number four slot for 2 months on WFDU in New York. Their music is also on rotation on the DMX Channel and Music Choice Channel.

This Albany Latin Band also recorded the music and taped a full length television commercial for The Albany Times Union Newspaper and they wrote and performed the music for the PBS weekly program “Just Down The Road.”

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11 responses to “Albany Latin Band 1”

  1. Kitty Montgomery says:

    “….their diversities ignite in a mass musical love affair that passes contagiously to the world.” – Kitty Montgomery, Saugerties Daily

  2. Elaine Fankonis says:

    “….during the most rhythmic and popular pieces, watching some of the audience was like watching spectators at a tennis tournament – their heads swivelled back and forth as they tried not to miss any of the action either on the stage or alongside it.” – Elaine Fankonis, Dance Scene

  3. Ben Ohmart says:

    “…if you ordered a combo of this sort at the drive-thru, it would have to be GO LARGER !” – Ben Ohmart, “LA”Ritmo

  4. David Malachowski says:

    “…this isn´t a band or a record, it´s a mission.” – David Malachowski, Metroland Magazine

  5. Paul Rapp says:

    “…they deserved, in every conceivable way , the screaming standing ovation they received at the close of their set.” – Paul Rapp, Metroland Magazine

  6. Michael Lisi says:

    “…but all the problems melted away when [the leader of the band] and his amazing group took to the stage and began to play.” – Michael Lisi, The Gazette

  7. Don Wilcock says:

    “…the moment I will cherish most was watching people of all cultures and colors dancing, transfixed by the Latin rhythms of [this band].” – Don Wilcock, BLUESprint

  8. John Kochalka says:

    “…when the concert ended and the musicians began to stow their instruments, the audience arose and began a gradual sound that turned into a tidal “more, more !” – John Kochalka, Springfield Recorder

  9. Mike Curtin says:

    “….their masterful performance is a testament both to the burgeoning popularity of the music and to the indomitable skills of the band.” – Mike Curtin, The Post-Star

  10. Karl Brunig says:

    “…I have never seen an act that so accurately reflects a culture´s music and yet targets a mainstream audience, combining education with exciting entertainment.” – Karl S. Brunig, The Chronicle

  11. Michael Hochanadel says:

    “….They play like sunlight bursting through rainclouds.” – Michael Hochanadel, Schenectady Gazette

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