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AMLA’s Artists at Teatro Esperanza
April 7 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Teaching artists from Artístas y Músicos Latino Americanos (AMLA) will present an evening of music that celebrates the cultural connection between jazz Latin American music. The group of celebrated artists will perform a series of Latin Jazz pieces as well as some jazz standards with a Latin twist. The presentation will include a Q&A section designed to educate and empower the with music and information.
The event is a Jazz Appreciation Month concert in partnership with The Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy and curated by AMLA’s Artistic Director, Suzzette Ortiz. It will feature Luis Gonzalez on bass, Mariano Medina on percussion, Stephen Lorek on guitar, Daniel de Jesús on Violin and Cello, and Richard Tucker.
AMLA’s Teachers/Artists performing:
Luis Gonzalez on bass– Luis is a former AMLA student renowned in our Philadelphia community, especially playing Christian salsa music. He has performed with Philly salsa legends like Wanda Rivera, Foto Rodriguez and Orquesta La Unica, and Jimmy Negron’s Zarza Ardiente.
Mariano Medina on percussion– Mariano is a vibrant percussionist versatile in many styles. He studied with renowned percussionist Pablo Batista. Mariano continues to be very active in the Latin music scene and plays along with many bands in the Mid-Atlantic Region. He currently plays with salsa artist Grammy-nominated Frankie Negron, Grammy winner Willy Torres and a new upcoming group based out of New York FUNK SALSA URBAN. He is presently a Latin percussion teacher at AMLA music school.
Stephen Lorek on guitar– a singer-songwriter and an artist of rare form, cutting his teeth with Modern Rock with his national touring band Shark tape and swooning audiences with his folk-influenced melodies deep lyrics. Lorek has been featured on WXPN, performed with Phil Lesh, and won the John Lennon songwriter contest. Based in Philadelphia, he is a performer, teaching artist, and co-owner of the Doff and Tulip recording studio.
Richard Tucker– Richard Tucker is a pillar of the AMLA family. He is an accomplished Jazz and bass player and an outstanding music engineer. Richard studied Mechanical Engineering at Temple University. He is very active in the Philadelphia scene performing in venues like Relish, Warm Daddy’s, and the like. He has been an AMLA teacher for more than 25 years.
Daniel de Jesús on Violin and Cello -Daniel de Jesús is a painter, composer, and songwriter versed in the worlds of visual & sonic tapestries. De Jesús finds inspiration from historical figures like mystics, scholars, artists, and martyrs; all of these are their muses. Daniel de Jesús has ten studio recordings of their music and performs with interdisciplinary artists and rock bands in the region and worldwide. He is currently the driving force of AMLA music school, serving as the Music Education and Community Outreach Director.
Suzzette Ortiz on piano – is a gifted pianist, singer, arranger, composer, and choral conductor. She is a graduate of Temple University, Philadelphia, and the Conservatory of Music in P.R. She has received multiple nationally and internationally awards as a choir conductor. She currently serves as Artistic Director of AMLA. Ortiz has been a luminary in Philadelphia’s Latin Music scene for the better part of three decades. She performed with the female Latin-jazz group ELLAS founded at AMLA, and garnered four Latin Grammy nominations with Philadelphia salsa group Orquesta La Paz. Jazz Bridge Philadelphia Real Book, J.W. Pepper, and Hall Leonard have published some of her compositions.