Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Brass Convention Tribute to Chocolate

Ray Vega conducted his Suny Purchase student orchestra at the annual Brass Convention (date ?) in a tribute to Chocolate Armenteros, trumpet player extraordinaire. Also appearing as guests were Bobby Porcelli and Manny Duran. Playing tunes by Machito gave these GIANTS a chance to show their stuff and inspire some respect from the youngsters in attendance. Chocolate had just turned 75 at this point and was really enjoying himself as were all. Check out this rendition of the classic Almendra. Chocolate blows that Cuban funk that made him a household name.

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