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Weekend Jazz Fest Set for Friday and Saturday, Oct. 23-24

"Weekend Jazz Fest" celebrates Latin Jazz with two consecutive evenings of concerts in Orange Hall Theatre at SUNY Orange.

Latin Music Hall of Famer, Pucho Henry Brown leads off the jazz fest at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 23 with his band Pucho & His Latin Soul Brothers. Playing Latin-soul-jazz-funk, the nine-piece band connects quickly with the audience and will set the pace for a night with hot, lively music. The Latin Soul Brothers are always ready to ‘mix it up’ with a little bebop or blues when the mood suits them but have the constant factor of an active Latin percussion section, featuring conga, bongos, and Pucho's own timbales.

After a brief intermission, Willie Martinez and La Familia Sextet take the stage at 8:30 p.m. presenting New York Style Latin Jazz. Featuring the original compositions of drummer, percussionist, vocalist Willie Martinez, La Familia Sextet marries Afro-Caribbean rhythm with the harmonic structure and improvisational nature of American jazz in creating exhilarating, melodic, groovy music.

The high point comes the following evening, Saturday, Oct. 24 at 8 p.m., when the two-time Grammy winner Spanish Harlem Orchestra plays in concert. Under the direction of renowned pianist, arranger, producer Oscar Hernández, SHO has established itself as the standard bearer of contemporary Latin music. The thirteen-member all-star ensemble has reintroduced the sounds of New York City Salsa through Hernández’s original compositions and arrangements of classic salsa tunes. Grounded in the past, while focused on the future, the SHO strives to keep the music relevant, with a unique and fresh approach. The full-force-from-start-to-finish style of SHO creates an unparalleled musical experience meant to expand its audience to those who love great music, not just Latin music.

So, pick an evening or come to both, but don’t miss "Weekend Jazz Fest."

Tickets are available online anytime at or at the box office starting at 6 p.m. each of the two evenings. Admission each night is $15 adults; $10 senior citizens, faculty, staff, alumni; free—students.

This two-evening event is presented by Cultural Affairs and sponsored by the SUNY Orange Foundation. Questions may be directed to Cultural Affairs at (845) 341-4891 and Also, visit the Cultural Affairs website at

Orange Hall is located at the corner of Wawayanda and Grandview Avenues, (GPS: 24 Grandview Ave.), Middletown, NY.

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Dorothy Szefc
Cultural Affairs