Hot rhythms… Beverly Hills will sizzle when acclaimed Latin jazz artist Jose Rizo brings his new 9-piece Latin-jazz ensemble Mongorama to the city for a free concert. The event will celebrate the musical legacy of famous conga legend Mongo Santamaria, featuring much of his early charanga-jazz material from the 1950’s and 60’s including many of his original compositions. The Beverly Hills High School Jazz Band will open the show performing a variety of jazz, blues, swing, rock and Latin music. The concert is presented by the Playboy Jazz Festival as part of their free community event series held in conjunction with the upcoming Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl, Saturday and Sunday, June 16th and 17th.
SUNDAY, MAY 6TH
3:30 P.M. to 5:30 P.M.
BEVERLY HILLS CIVIC CENTER PLAZA
450 North Rexford Drive – outdoor ampitheatre
Between Santa Monica Blvd. and Burton Way
Mongorama, led by Jose Rizo, acclaimed bandleader for the popular Jazz on the Latin Side Allstars, and also the musical director for noted L.A. jazz station KKJZ 88.1. The group’s new self-titled Mongorama CD received a Grammy nomination earlier this year. The Beverly Hills High School Jazz Band, under the direction of Bill Bradbury
Two hours of free parking will be available at the Civic Center Plaza parking structure, which is also adjacent to the public library. Food and Refreshments will also be available for purchase. Glass containers, alcoholic beverages and audio/video recorders are not permitted.