"At a time when the Big Bands are back on track, could not miss an emblematic character and forming them does Victor Rendon giving us a Latin Jazz height for the dancers ... also for the listener!", Luis Raul Montell - Jazz Caribe
Victor Rendon & Bronx Conexion Latin-Jazz Big Band
1. True Flight; 2. Generoso; 3. Cafe sin Leche; 4. Europa (Earth's Cry Heaven's Smile); 5. Buena Gente; 6. Island Woman; 7. Oriente; 8. Lagos; 9. No Woman, no Cry
Victor Rendon (musical director, timbales, bata, shekere, percussion); Wilson "Chembo" Corniel (congas, bata, percussion); Cascadu (shekere, cajon, bata, pandeiro, percussion, vocal 6, 9); Yasuyo Kimura (bongo, cencerro, percussion); Ron Smith (drums); Jessica Valiente (flute); Al Acosta (alto saxophone); Debra Kreisberg (alto saxophone, clarinet); Joe Stelluti, Chris Stelluti (tenor saxophone, flute); Karl Watson (baritone saxophone, clarinet); Anibal Martinez, Guido Gonzalez, John Replogle, Kathleen Doran (trumpet, flugelhorn); Rick Faulkner (trombone); Joe Mannozzi (piano); Ray Martinez (bass).
The return to the recording studio by Victor Rendon & Bronx Conexion Latin-Jazz Big Band was expected anxiously by his followers. Certainly among their live performances, the time devoted to musical education of the requirements and limitations for recording is complicated, but it is ready "True Flight" continuous string of successes Master Victor Rendon started as a leader with his group Blue Mambo and "Rico y Sabroso". But also as a contributor to other bands it has been important.
Drummer/percussionist/educator/composer/arranger/musical director Victor Rendón, of Mexican-American descent, is a sought after New York City musician who has worked with Mongo Santamaria, Chico O'Farrill, Carlos "Patato" Valdés, Ray Santos, Grupo Caribe, The Latin Jazz Coalition, The "New" Xavier Cugat Orchestra, Los Más Valientes, Grupo Latin Vibe, Rudy Calzado’s Cubarama, Henry Brun and the Latin Playerz, and many others. He currently performs with the much acclaimed salsa group, Grupo Latin Vibe as well as his own group, Blue Mambo. Mr. Rendón is also author of The Art of Playing Timbales published by Music in Motion Films and currently teaches at Lehman College in the Bronx, where he co-leads the Latin Jazz Ensemble with his long-time colleague, Armando Rodriguez. .
As an author/transcriber, Rendon's work has appeared in Modern Drummer, DRUM!, Percussive Notes, Drumfiles, DCI Music Video, RRR Education Newsletter (Reading-Writing-Rhythm) by LP, and Warner Bros. Publications. He is author of The Art of Playing Timbales published by Music in Motion Films and is former publisher of his own semi-annual magazine called the Latin Percussionist.
As an educator, Rendón currently conducts the Latin Jazz Ensemble at Lehman College. He holds a Bachelor of Music from The University of North Texas and has taught instrumental music and Latin percussion classes in the New York Public School system and at the Boy’s Harbor Performing Arts Center. He has also conducted clinics/workshops for the Department of Education in New York City, PASIC 2000 (Percussive Arts Society International Convention), KOSA NYC, Global Praise at Princeton University, and the Eddie Ming Drum School in Bermuda among other events. He is also on the LP’s Educational Team at LP Music.
This video was made by our friend Alfie Alvarado Johnny Pacheco in Latin Music & Jazz Festival 2013 ... enjoy it:
¡¡Viva The Latin Jazz!!