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Return of the Latin Lantzmen

Monday, August 17, 2009

On the 1961 album Mazel Tov, Mis Amigos, an all-star lineup of New York jazz musicians mashed up Jewish and Latin styles under the fake name Juan Calle & His Latin Lantzmen. Before a tribute concert this weekend at Lincoln Center, composer and pianist Arturo O’Farrill and music historian Roger Bennett join us to tell the "only-in-New-York" story of a Latin and African-American ensemble that recorded songs like "Havah Nagilah (Cha-Cha)."


Roger Bennett and Arturo O’Farrill

Comments [5]

Aaron from Manhattan

This album was actually spurred by the first fusion of these two musical families, featured on the 1959 Decca album "Bagels & Bongos" by the Irving Fields Trio.

Jan. 13 2010 12:28 PM
Stephanie from Boston MA

What a great story and a nice dip into this album. Thank you!

Aug. 24 2009 11:49 AM

I thought i had every charlie palmeri album -- until i heard about this. thank you for bringing this to my attention. bronx will represent on sunday night at lincoln center -- for one night at least!!!

Aug. 17 2009 06:16 PM
Will from New York, NY

Great story and even better music. Can't wait to see the show this Sunday- will be epic.

Aug. 17 2009 04:29 PM

give us more of this kind of project -- seems flip on the surface but is deep as can be just underneath in terms of what is symbolizes in terms of how both communities face their past and their present. nice on soundcheck. and lincoln center!

Aug. 17 2009 03:57 PM

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