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Carlos "Patato" Valdes & Afrojazzia at Satalla January 23

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Carlos “Patato" Valdes & Afrojazzia Performance Satalla - New York, NY From 8:00 pm to Legendary Afro-Cuban percussionist Carlos “Patato" Valdes & Afrojazzia

Satalla 37 West 26th Street @ Sixth Avenue New York City 8 & 10 pm $20 212-576-1155

Afrojazzia is: Carlos “Patato" Valdes - Percussion Jimmy Delgado - Timbales Enrique Fernandez - Reeds John Walsh - Trumpet Edy Martinez - Piano Cucho Martinez - Bass Phoenix Rivera - Drums Legendary Afro-Cuban percussionist

Carlos “Patato" Valdes performs with his group Afrojazzia on Friday, January 23 at Satalla, located at 37 West 26th Street Between Broadway and 6th Ave., in New York City beginning at 8:00 pm. Considered by some to be the greatest living Cuban conga player, Patato has played with Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey, Tito Puente, Machito, Mario Bauza, Quincy Jones and many other salsa and jazz stars. The first conguero to tune his congas to a song's dominant chord, Patato's influence has been felt on the jazz and Latin music scenes and also in the world of film, where he gave Brigitte Bardot a mambo lesson in And God Created Woman. A New York resident since 1954, Patato's work was most recently collected in Six Degrees' The Legend of Cuban Percussion, which featured Omar Sosa, John Santiago, and Changuito, Orestes Vilato and other Cuban and African all-star performers.

Recently, Patato, along with The Machito Orchestra, Candido Camero, Armando Peraza, Alfredo “Chocolate" Armenteros and Francisco Aguabella, was chosen by the Smithsonian to participate, in the Mambo and Afro- Cuban Jazz seminar hosted by Musica de las Americas. This series was an unprecedented event that celebrated the long tradition of exchange among the diverse music cultures of the Americas. Patato was inducted into the International Latin Hall of Fame in 2001.

Media contacts: Charles Carlini of Carlini Group (212) 714-7722 charles@carlinigroup.com, Louisa Spier of Six Degrees Records 415.626.6334x15 louisa@sixdegreesrecords.com

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