Conducted by Larry Harlow, starring Rubén Blades,
with guest vocalist Adonis Puentes
Bobby Sanabria Big Band
Composed to convey the history of Latin music in song, La Raza Latina remains a testament to keyboard genius Larry Harlow’s commitment to salsa as well as his creative vision. In the long-awaited New York premiere of this landmark 1977 suite, the legendary Jewish salsero pilots a sprawling 40-piece orchestra and chorus playing music by Harlow, Johnny Ortiz, Rudy Calzado, and Tito Puente. Panamanian superstar Rubén Blades, a veteran of the original Fania recording, recreates his role as lead vocalist, joined by Cuban singer Adonis Puentes and The Masacote Dance Company.
Multi-Grammy-nominated virtuoso drummer Bobby Sanabria’s fierce Big Band serves as the orchestra’s nerve center, as well as opening the night with a hard-swinging set of Afro-Cuban jazz that marries sophisticated harmonies with explosive rhythms.
La Raza Latina presented with support from Fania Records.