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I’ve followed the career of Oscar Hernández for over 30 years, beginning with his work as pianist and arranger for Rubén Blades’s brilliant and still-timely album Buscando America (Searching for America). Fifteen years ago, the Bronx-born Hernández founded the 13-piece outfit known as the Spanish Harlem Orchestra (SHO), an incredible tropical Latin big band which has won two Grammy awards and tours throughout the world.

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Edmonton Journal: "Spanish Harlem Orchestra makes classic Latin jazz new again"

After 15 years the Spanish Harlem Orchestra‘s expertise and passion for tapping the exciting riffs and entrancing grooves of Latin jazz is unquestioned. When they make their Edmonton debut Wednesday, the only decision you may have to make is whether to sit or to dance.

“That’s a huge dilemma for me,” admits Oscar Hernandez, the SHO’s founder-pianist, and most frequent composer-arranger. “We’re mostly playing concerts and that’s my preference, but usually the complaint is, ‘we wanted to dance.’ It is dance music at its best, but for me it’s a lot more than that, so I would like people to sit and appreciate the artistic aspect of the music, too.”

He adds that by the end of most of their concerts “everyone is up dancing anyway.” Either way, the two-time Grammy winning SHO promises 13 seasoned musicians on a mission.

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Celebrating 15 Years of Spanish Harlem Orchestra - "Anniversary" Available April 16

GRAMMY® Award Winning Spanish Harlem Orchestra Celebrates 15 Years with New Studio Album Anniversary, Due out April 16, 2018 on ArtistShare.

In celebration of their 15-year anniversary, 2x GRAMMY® Award winning Spanish Harlem Orchestra is proud to announce the release of their aptly titled sixth album Anniversary due out on April 16th on ArtistShare. On Anniversary the powerhouse 13-piece all-star salsa big band demonstrates why they are the “the leading light of the salsa reconstruction movement” (Newsday) by doing what they do best: hard-hitting, no-holds-barred New York salsa that is both contemporary and reverent to its rich musical history.

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Downbeat Magazine "Spanish Harlem Orchestra: Hot Salsa from the Bronx

Outside the Tribeca Performing Arts Center in Lower Manhattan, it was a chilly November evening. But inside the auditorium, things were heating up quickly as the 13-member Spanish Harlem Orchestra (SHO) took the stage. From the first few bars of “Latinos Unidos,” the orchestra’s theme song, many in the audience—a highly integrated mix of Latinos, Anglos, African Americans and Asians—were dancing in their seats.

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NYC's Spanish Harlem Orchestra transforms Seattle's Jazz Alley into salsa party

By Carol Banks Weber, AXS

After the sixth song, Spanish Harlem Orchestra bandleader Oscar Hernandez exclaimed jubilantly to the audience: “We took it somewhere else.” The 13-member, all-star salsa dura band from New York City definitely did in its 10-song, one-and-a-half-hour opening night set at Seattle’s Jazz Alley last Thursday.

Every song the Grammy-winning band performed — mostly from the new, self-titled album — even the one or two ballads, exploded with high energy, passion, and excruciatingly tight, polyrhythmic syncopation that every audience felt in the feet.

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