Concord Picante

Concord Picante

(Est. 1980) When Concord Picante founder Carl Jefferson created the Concord Picante imprint in 1980, he wanted to provide a much-needed home for such seminal Latin jazz musicians as Cal Tjader, who released the label's first album, the GRAMMY-winning La Onda Va Bien. The rhythm and percussion-rich music that Picante produced caught fire and helped to popularize Latin jazz. A quarter of a century later, the label can boast an all-star roster of Latin music legends, Ray Barretto, Charlie Byrd, Pete Escovedo, Tania Maria, Eddie Palmieri, Tito Puente, Mongo Santamaria, and Poncho Sanchez, among them.


CONCORD PICANTE FEATURED ARTISTS

Spanish Harlem Orchestra

Spanish Harlem Orchestra

Now in its tenth year, the Spanish Harlem Orchestra is one of the most formidable and authentic Latin jazz combos of today. Yet for all of its appeal with contemporary audiences, the group’s success is actually rooted in the past. A lively and energetic affair, Viva la Tradición … MORE

Poncho Sanchez

Poncho Sanchez

Poncho Sanchez grew up in the Los Angeles area, where he was weaned on a broad range of Latin and non-Latin popular music. Inspired by the conga playing of Cuban great Mongo Santamaria, he honed his skills as a percussionist and broke into the limelight at the age of 23 when he joined vibraphonist Cal Tjader's famed Latin jazz ensemble in 1975.

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Tito Puente

Tito Puente

By virtue of his warm, flamboyant stage manner, longevity, constant touring, and appearances in the mass media, Tito Puente is the most beloved symbol of Latin jazz. He's managed to keep his music remarkably fresh over the decades; as a timbales virtuoso, he combined mastery over every rhythmic nuance with old-fashioned showmanship.

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Pete Escovedo

Pete Escovedo

Escovedo is today viewed as one of the standard bearers of Latin jazz. “There are so many great young players who are carrying on the tradition. My job, as I see it, is to keep on doing what Tito, Mongo, Cal, Willie and others would be doing if they were still with us today."

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