The former Tito Puente Orchestra has come together as the Mambo Legends Orchestra, under the direction of John ‘Dandy’ Rodriguez and Jose Madera. The Mambo Legends Orchestra brings all of its incredible musicians together under their new name to bring their music to an international audience and to further explore the music which they have been masters of playing for over 30 years.
The Mambo Legends Orchestra is led by John ‘Dandy’ Rodriguez, musically directed by Jose Madera, and managed by Mitch Frohman, each having spent over 25 years working with Tito Puente. The focus of the band is driven by their dedication to keeping the sound of the 50’s and 60’s Palladium era music thriving and moving forward. The orchestra has successfully kept the sound of the Big 3 (Machito, Tito Rodriguez and Tito Puente) alive and well, while allowing for its progression by working with new musical concepts.
The Mambo Legends Orchestra is truly a gathering of musical giants, with leader and percussionist John ‘Dandy’ Rodriguez. Mr. Rodriguez spent over 30 years working with Tito Puente, also working with Tito Rodriguez and Ray Barretto, to name a few of the notorious musicians with whom he has performed. “El Gigante Del Teclado” from Charlie Palmieri, “Goza Mi Timbal” from Tito Puente, and “Celia & Johnny” from Celia Cruz are only a few of the titles John has worked on in the years dedicated to his music.
The Mambo Legends Orchestra is directed by percussionist Jose Madera who spent 31 years working with Tito Puente. Mr. Madera also served as musical director of the Tito Puente Orchestra, also working with the legendary Fania records as a staff arranger from 1974 through 1983. Mr. Madera’s extensive discography includes “El Rey” from Tito Puente, “Tribute A Ismael Rivera” from Celia Cruz, and “Obra Maestra” from Tito Puente. Jose has worked with Larry Harlow, Johnny Pacheco, Chico O’Farill, Celia Cruz, Tito Rodriguez, Machito, Eddie Palmiere, Diana Ross, James Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, and many more throughout the years.
Mitch Frohman is the saxophonist and flutist for the Mambo Legends Orchestra in addition to being Road Manager. Mr. Frohman spent 25 years working with the Tito Puente Orchestra, also working with Celia Cruz, Eddie Palmieri, Mongo Santamaria and many more amazing musicians. Tributo A Ismael Rivera from Celia Cruz, Live at Jazz Alley from Mongo Santamaria and United We Swing from the Spanish Harlem Orchestra are a few titles from his extensive discography. Mitch was also the solo saxophonist on the opening score for the hit series Sex in the City. Mr. Frohman works on many projects including those performing with the Spanish Harlem Orchestra and leading The Bronx Horns.
The Mambo Legends Orchestra is comprised of musicians who not only have impressive careers, but overwhelming experience and talent. When musicians of their caliber are brought together the result is not only dynamic but groundbreaking. Transcending all boundaries they bring people together no matter their age, the language they speak or their background. Their music reaches out to everyone listening and brings them to a common ground where the excitement of this extremely well composed and played music is the tie that binds them. The music of the Mambo Legends Orchestra will not allow you to stand still. It’s big band sound and rhythm beckon you to the dance floor, tempting you to move and sway!
You can find additional information on the Mambo Legends Orchestra website as well as seeing the band Leaders' bio's. www.MamboLegends.com
Tito Puente, Machito, Tito Rodriguez... This band is made up of musicians who have played with these incredible musicians and made Latin Music what it is today!
What to Expect
Typical Gig Duration: 45 - 90 minutes
The Mambo Legends Orchestra comprises of former musicians of the Tito Puente Orchestra! With John 'Dandy' Rodriguez, Jose Madera and Mitch Frohman leading an all star group of musicians this is the most swinging salsa & latin jazz band on the planet! This is a Latin Big Band that can't be stopped! The Mambo Legends Orchestra is a band that does not let you sit still! With a long list of musicians who have made Latin Music what it is today, our audiences don't only get what they came for, they are seeing one of the ONLY original bands out there today! Audiences and Dancers internationally do not want to let the band off the stage, coming back again and again for repeat performances!
Performing internationally to audiences of all sizes, the Mambo Legends Orchestra brings with them the REAL sound of the 50's & 60's Palladium era! THIS is the band that is keeping that sound alive, thriving and moving forward!
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