Star-Studded Concerts Planned in NYC to Aid Puerto Rico

Star-Studded Concerts Planned in NYC to Aid Puerto Rico


Jazz musicians are coming to the aid of victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. The stellar level of musicianship at two upcoming benefits in New York will make each concert a must-see event.

On Oct. 23, (Le) Poison Rouge will host a benefit concert titled Salsa Meets Jazz for Puerto Rico! The venue is located at 158 Bleecker Street, the former site of the legendary jazz venue The Village Gate.

The title of the benefit nods to The Village Gate’s storied Monday night Salsa Meets Jazz series. Bandleader/percussionist Bobby Sanabria will host this star-studded concert, which will raise money and provide support for musicians in Puerto Rico through the efforts of the Jazz Foundation of America.

Sanabria will lead his Multiverse Big Band, who will collaborate with numerous special guests, including three recipients of the NEA Jazz Master honor: reedist Paquito D’Rivera, trumpeter Jimmy Owens and percussionist Candido. Other guests include musicians David Amram, Randy Brecker, Jon Faddis, Larry Harlow, Eddie Montalvo, Antoinette Montague and Brenda Feliciano, as well as poets Mariposa and Felipe Luciano.

All proceeds go to the Jazz Foundation of America Relief Fund for the Musicians of Puerto Rico. For more on the JFA, visit its website. For more on (Le) Poison Rouge, visit its website.

On Nov. 1, the Jazz Gallery will host an event titled Fuerza Puerto Rico! Participating musicians at the all-star event will include Peter Bernstein, Dave Douglas, Kurt Elling, Marcus Gilmore, Larry Grenadier, Jon Irabagon, Branford Marsalis, Christian McBride, Luis Perdomo, Jorge Roeder, Rudy Royston, John Scofield, Bill Stewart and Miguel Zenón.

The Jazz Gallery is located at 1160 Broadway. Tickets are $50 and all proceeds go to the Puerto Rico Recovery Fund. There will be sets at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. For tickets and information, visit the Jazz Gallery website or call (646) 494-3625.

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