At the start of Latino Heritage Month, El Barrio Latin Jazz Festival hosted its 2nd annual festival honoring Latino music pioneer Tito Puente at Marcus Garvey Park. Attendees listened to the sounds of The Mambo Legends Orchestra, who headlined the festival. Originally known as The Tito Puente Orchestra, The ensemble of award-winning played with Puente for decades.
Ain’t I Latina? reporter Major Nesby spoke with Mambo Legends’ Mitch Frohman, break-out musician Jeremy Bosch and Casandra Rosario, event producer and CEO of The Rosario Group, about the origin of mambo, the role it plays within Latin music, and the importance of El Barrio Latin Jazz Festival.