Willie Martinez has deep-seeded roots in Latin Jazz. The music was handed down to him through his family. When he speaks about it and shares his feelings and knowledge through his music, he demonstrates not only enthusiasm but genuine love for what he learned from his grandfather and father, and thereby his heritage.
Come to the William and Helen Richards Theatre at Orange Hall at SUNY Orange for an evening of great New York Style Latin Jazz that will be thoughtful, yet lots of fun that will have the audience dancing in the aisles!
Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. is the day/date and time for the performance of Willie Martinez and La Familia Sextet.
All tickets are $10 except all students are admitted free at the door. The box office opens at 6:30 p.m. the evening of the performance.
Online purchase with a $2.50 service charge per ticket is available at sunyorange.edu/arts_comm/ticketing.html.
For more than 30 years, Martinez has been a familiar face as a musician as well as a gifted composer in New York City’s eclectic music scene. He and his ensemble play together so well that they know each other’s moves and nuances and share each other’s excitement for the music. “La Familia has given me the honor of breathing life into all the music I have written for them, over and over again. It’s just a very humbling and gratifying experience,” says Martinez.
The instrumentation of the group is engaging and varied. Martinez leads as drummer/vocalist. His rhythm section is comprised of Renato Thoms – percussion, Bernie Miñoso – bass, Enrique Heneine – piano. In addition, Maximilian Schweiger plays baritone and curved soprano saxophones while J. Walter Hawkes rounds out the sound on his trombone. La Familia Sextet’s music is the marriage of Afro-Caribbean rhythm and the harmonic structure and improvisational nature of American jazz.
In addition to the concert, Willie Martinez and the rhythm section will give a music master class ~ Rhythm is the center of Latin Jazz on Friday, March 6 at 11 a.m. in Orange Hall room 23 that is free and open to the public. The four musicians will demonstrate the pounding, pulsing and grooving of Latin jazz and answer questions in this up-close-and-personal session.
Orange Hall is located at the corner of Wawayanda & Grandview Avenues.