Guitarist (and former New York Yankees star) Bernie Williams, vibraphonist Mike Mainieri, and two Lehman College alums-singer-songwriter Enzo Taves and flutist Connie Grossman-will be among the special guests at the 10th annual Johnny Pacheco Latin Music and Jazz Festival, which Lehman College is presenting on Wednesday, November 14 through Friday, November 16.
This year’s festival, which takes place in the Studio Theatre in the Speech and Theater Building on the Lehman campus, will include performances by New York City-area professional and student ensembles, plus workshops for musicians. The event, which is open to the public and free of charge, will be simulcast via web streaming. Onsite festival seating is provided on a first come, first served basis.
The Johnny Pacheco Latin Music and Jazz Festival, named for the legendary musical superstar who led the salsa music and dance explosion in the 1960s, provides bandstand and learning opportunities for more than 250 talented young musicians studying music in New York City schools. The entire festival is being promoted as part of the Jazz Education Network Virtual Outreach Series (jazzednet.org) to help foster interest in “the improviser’s art” around the world.
“Each year, this festival features superb musical artists, hard-working students and interested community members in a celebration of the Latin and jazz music genres,” said Allan Molnar, a music lecturer at Lehman College and the festival’s producer and artistic director. “Johnny Pacheco, like many musical artists in the Latin jazz field, has lived and worked in Bronx, so presenting this gathering here at Lehman always seems right. It is gratifying to know that we have become part of the rich cultural life here in Bronx.”
On Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, November 14-16, there will be student jazz and Latin jazz ensembles performing from 10:00 a.m. to 03:30 p.m.
On Thursday, November 15 at 07:30 p.m. two Latin jazz ensembles will perform – The Fat Afro Latin Cats (musical directors: Arturo O’Farrill, Jim Seeley, Zack O’Farrill, and Chad Lefkowitz Brown); and The Kansas State University Latin Ensemble (musical director: Dr. Kurt Gartner).
On Friday, November 17 at 7:30 p.m. there will performances by Enzo Taves, a New York-based Dominican singer-songwriter; the Lehman College Guitar Ensemble, directed by Robert Windbiel; and the Lehman College Jazz Ensemble, directed by Allan Molnar, with four special guests-Bernie Williams, Mike Mainieri, and Connie Grossman, plus the aforementioned Dr. Gartner, a percussionist.
Lehman College of The City University of New York is located at Goulden Avenue and Bedford Park Boulevard in Northwest Bronx. The campus is accessible by public transportation (bus as well as the #4 and “D” subway lines.) Attended parking is also available.
Note: For directions and an up-to-date view of the Lehman campus, here is a link to a map.