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New York Welcomes American Sabor with a Distinctive Latin Beat

Intoxicating rhythms filled the air as guests moved to the beats of mambo, salsa and Latin Jazz at the April 19th opening of American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. Aurora y Zon Del Barrio set the tone for the evening with music from Latin New York as over 200 guests joined representatives from the Library, the Smithsonian, University of Washington and exhibition sponsor Ford Motor Company Fund for a special preview of the exhibition. Special guests included Latin music icons Ray Santos, Joe Bataan, Frankie Colon, Larry Harlow, Ralph Irizarry, and Tito Puente Jr. who shared their memories and inspirations.

On view through July 13th, American Sabor is accompanied by the companion exhibit Sabor in the Early Days of Recorded Sound and Radio, a display of materials on Latin American Music and Dance from the earliest days of recorded sound to the 1940s from the Library’s collections. Supported by a grand from Ford Motor Company Fund, a series of programs and screenings are scheduled at the Library throughout May and June.



IMAGES - Courtesy New York Public Library/photos by Jonno Rattman

Top Right -- Back (L-R): Ray Santos, Joe Bataan, Larry Harlow; Ralph Irizarry, Marisol Berrios Miranda (curator, University of Washington), Tito Puente Jr.  Middle (L-R): Michelle Habell-Pallan (curator, University of Washington), Frankie Colon, Evelyn Figueroa (project director, SITES), Joe Avila (Ford Motor Company Fund)  Front Center:  Shannon Dudley (curator, University of Washington)

Bottom Left: Latin Grammy award winner and “El Maestro” of the mambo sound, Ray Santos shares his stories from his 50-plus years performing, composing and arranging music for Latin orchestras.