Spanish Harlem Orchestra  at the 61st Annual Monterey Jazz Festival

Spanish Harlem Orchestra at the 61st Annual Monterey Jazz Festival


This morning, it was announced that 2x GRAMMY® Award winning Spanish Harlem Orchestra has received a GRAMMY® nomination for Best Tropical Latin Album for Anniversary. Released in April on ArtistShare, their aptly titled sixth album celebrates the all-star salsa big band’s 15-year anniversary and demonstrates why they are the “the leading light of the salsa reconstruction movement” (Newsday).

This is the fifth nomination for the ensemble. Previous nominations including Best Salsa Album for Un Gran Día En El Barrio (2002) and Best Tropical Latin Album for United We Swing (2007). In 2004, Spanish Harlem Orchestra won their first GRAMMY® in the Best Salsa/Merengue Album category for Across 110th Street. In 2010, the group won Best Tropical Latin Album for Viva La Tradición.

“The Monterey Jazz Festival is proud to present its annual commission piece in 2018, Monterey Encounter (A Latin Jazz Suite for Flute) with special guest Hubert Laws, composed and performed by the world-renowned Oscar Hernández & the Spanish Harlem Orchestra. This two-time Grammy-winning ensemble is the one of the premier New York-style, “hard salsa” groups in the world, and will feature the NEA Jazz Master Hubert Laws as a soloist. Don’t miss them in the Arena, they are back at Monterey for the first time since 2005!”

Saturday, Sept 22 / 3:40 pm / Jimmy Lyons Stage

“**** The 13-piece all-star salsa big band Spanish Harlem Orchestra celebrates their 15-year anniversary in grand style with Anniversary, their sixth studio album. Champions of salsa dura ("hard salsa"), this is a band whose technical skill is matched only by their consistent high energy. They have three lead vocalists, so the chorus singing is also very high quality—an essential part of a strong salsa performance. Opener "Esa Nena" is a fine introduction to the group's body-shaking groove, and the program rarely lets up after that.”


The best thing at the Newport Jazz Festival was the Spanish Harlem Orchestra.
— New York Times
They make you get up and dance, tap into the good-natured, communal spirit characteristic of salsa at its timeless best.
— Los Angeles Times
Spanish Harlem Orchestra will be a bounty for both wallflowers and hipshakers.
— Timeout New York “Top Live Shows”