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Musica Potente Mixtape

Musica Potente

Latin music is a diverse and complex group of cultural expressions. Its roots lie deep at the intersection of European, Native and African cultures. Latin music has had profound impacts on Jazz. It is sometimes difficult to see where one begins and one ends.


Being here in Philadelphia, we are fortunate to be present in a diverse community, bubbling with possibilities and history. Over the past few years, the Philadelphia Jazz Project [PJP] has presented some amazing performances. We have pulled together a few of these performances in this new mixtape, Music Potente [which means Powerful Music in Spanish]. This mixtape, which is hosted by Latin music activist, Jesse Bermudez, presents performances by Pablo Batista, Suzzette Ortiz, Christian Noguera, Luke Carlos O'Reilly, Andres Cisneros, Dennis Guevera and more.


If you have unfortunately, missed our concerts, or don't live any where near us, PJP's mixtapes give you a chance to experience the great performances that hundreds of other people have witnessed. Probably, the most important thing is that the price of this music is absolutley FREE!!! So, check it out and pass the word to friends and family who are music lovers as well. [Check out download and performer details below]


Download the Musica Potente Mixtape, HERE.

You can also download PJP Mixtapes at:

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Musica Potente Mixtape - May 2017
Hosted by Jesse Bermudez
Produced by Homer Jackson


1. Flight to Jordan

Performed by Christian Noguera / Written by Duke Jordan

Featuring: Christian Noguera: Timbale & Okonkolo (bata drums) band director, Mike Boone: Bass, Dennis Guevara: Piano, Tal Shtul: Saxophone, Andres Cisneros: Congas & Iya (Bata), Gilset Mora Amador: Percussion & bata drums, Recorded live at the Philadelphia Clef Club in May of 2013.


2. Armando's Rumba

Performed by Suzzette Ortiz / Written by Chick Corea
Featuring: Suzzette Ortiz: Piano, recorded on June 21, 2013 as part of Make Music Philly at Jazz at Jacobs Piano Extravaganza! presented as an all day piano marathon at Jacobs Music Company, Philadelphia. Recorded by Anthony Tidd.


3. El Cuarto De Tula/El Cantante

Performed by The Block Party / Written by Sergio González Siaba & Ruben Blades
Featuring: Frankie Morrero: Vocals,  Luke Carlos O'Reilly: Keyboards, Anwar Marshall: Drums, Mike Boone: Bass, Anthony DeCarlo: Guitar, Matt Cappy: Trumpet, Korey Riker: Saxophone, Doc Gibbs & Dominque Thomas: Percussion; presented as The Block Party and recorded at The Dell Music Center, Fairmount Park, Philadelphia in July 2014.


4. Mirage

Performed by Another Holiday For Skins  / Written by Art Blakey

Featuring: Another Holiday For Skins with Doc Gibbs, Robert Kenyatta, Ron Howerton, Pablo Batista, Christian Noguera: Percussion, Khary Abdul Shaheed & Charlie Patierno: Drums & percussion; Randy Kapralick: Trombone, Elijah Thomas: Flute, Matthew Stewart: Trumpet, Luke Carlos O'Reilly: Piano; Mike Boone: Bass; Arrangments by Luke Carlos O'Reilly, Music Directors: Doc Gibbs & Robert Kenyatta; Performed & recorded live at the International House, Philadelphia; February 2015. Recorded by Turtle Studios.


5. Afro Blue

Performed by Pablo Batista / Written by Mongo Santamaria

Featuring: Pablo Batista: Congas, Cowbells, Electronic drums, Jason Omara: Tenor Sax; Nick Lombardelli: Trombone, Marcell Bellinger: Trumpet; Dennis Guevera: Piano, Chico Huff: Bass, Eric Johnson; Drums; Performed & recorded at the Free Library of Philadelphia, as part of the Library Company of Philadelphia's, Common Touch Exhibition in collboration with the Philadelphia Jazz Project in September 2016.


Download the Musica Potente Mixtape, HERE.

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Another Holiday For SkinsAnother Holiday For Skins is an All Star ensemble formed to celebrate the classic 1958, Art Blakey album “Holiday For Skins” and its sister projects, “Drum Suite” and “Orgy In Rhythm.” "Holiday For Skins" was an early exploration of what is now call “World Music.” These recordings featured Blakey working in collaboration with Philadelphians; pianist, Ray Bryant and master drummer, Philly Joe Jones. The concert group features percussionists: Pablo Batista, Doc Gibbs, Ron Howerton, Robert Kenyatta, Christian Noguera, Charlie Patierno, Khary Abdul Shaheed; as well as Pianist & Arranger: Luke Carlos O’Reilly; Bassist - Mike Boone, Vocalist - Shamika Byrd, Brass - Randy Kapralick & Matthew Stewart, Flutes - Elijah Thomas.









Pablo BatistaPablo Batista is an exceptional Philadelphia percussionist who effortlessly moves from traditional or folkloric music to Pop, from R&B, or Jazz to Salsa. He has worked with such diverse artists as Manny Oquendo, Grover Washington Jr, Alicia Keys, Jeffrey Osborne, Phyliss Hyman, George Howard, Diane Reeves, Gerald Levert, Teddy Pendergrass, Eddie Palmieri, Manny Oquendo Conjunto Libre, Philadelphia Orchestra, Musiq, Norman Brown’s 2003 Grammy award winning, Just Chillin album. Pablo Batista is a graduate of the Temple University, an endorser and clinician for the Latin Percussion Company since 1985 and a recipient of the distinguished Pew Fellowship In The Arts Award.






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Jesse BermudezJesse Bermudez is a Philadelphia-based concert and festival producer, promoter, radio host and activist of Latin Music. He has engaged in dozens of collaborations with local, regional and national arts and culture organizations. Bermudez is also the founder of Asociación de Músicos Latino Americanos (AMLA), a non-profit multicultural organization that promoted the development and dissemination of Latin music. Jesse Bermudez believes “with music the community can address its social and economic concerns, and bring various racial and ethnic communities together.” July 8, 2015 was proclaimed "Jesse Bermudez Day" by the City of Philadelphia, honoring his contribution to Latin music.





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The Block PartyThe Block Party The Block Party is an all Star Band of Philadelphians who performed as the opening act on a rainy night when Al Jarreau appeared at The Dell Music Center in Fairmount Park back in August 2014. We called the group, The Block Party and our goal was to take a step back in time to the old school, Philly Block Parties; when the streets were safe [or at least we thought so] and the music, like the weather was perpetually hot! Block Party Musicians: Keyboards – Luke Carlos O’Reilly; Vocalists – Frankie Morrero; Drums – Anwar Marshall; Guitar – Anthony DeCarlo; Bass – Mike Boone, Percussion – Doc Gibbs & Dominique Thomas, Trumpet – Matt Cappy, Sax – Korey Riker.







Christian NogueraChristian Noguera is an Argentinian born percussionist. He started performing in Posadas, Argentina, a city heavily influenced by music from the tri-border region of Paraguay, Brazil and Argentina. In 2009, after receiving his degree from Music School of Buenos Aires (EMBA), Noguera moved to Philadelphia. Noguera and Venezuelan artist, Andrés Cisneros co-founded TIMBALONA, a percussion collective whose mission is to spread the message of unity through the drum. Noguera has performed at venues such as the Kimmel Center, Suzanne Roberts Theatre, Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts, Painted Bride Art Center, Temple Performing Arts Center, Longwood Gardens and more.






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Luke Carlos OReillyLuke Carlos O’Reilly is a dynamic, pianist born in Colombia, South America and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. An artist of eclectic styles, O’Reilly combines his passion for Latin Jazz with Soul, as well as spoken word poetry. He attended Esther Boyer School of Music at Temple University, in Philadelphia on a academic and music scholarship. There, he studied under Terrell Stafford, Mulgrew Miller, Bruce Barth, Tom Lawton and many other world renowned Jazz educators. Luke Carlos O’Reilly has performed with such jazz greats as Curtis Fuller, Dave Valentin, Slide Hampton, Nicolas Payton, Bobby Watson, Fred Wesley, Red Holloway, Steve Turre, Musiq Soulchild, Carol Riddick, K’naan and Billy Paul.






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Suzzette OrtizSuzzette Ortiz is a pianist, composer, and educator from Bayamon, Puerto Rico, who makes her home in Pennsauken, New Jersey. Ortiz has performed in such venues as The Kimmel Center, Mann Music Center, Zanzibar Blue Jazz Club, Villanova Performing Arts Center, La Feria del Barrio, Bethlehem Puerto Rican Festival, Wayne Jazz Festival, Chicken Bone Beach Jazz Festival in Atlantic City, NJ, International FestiJazz of La Paz, Bolivia, Ausbury Park Jazz Festival and El Flamingo Night Club in NYC. Ortiz has shared the stage with artists such as, Tito Puente, Nestor Torres, Eddie Palmieri, Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Compay Segundo, Brenda K. Starr and Hilton Ruiz.






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Download the Musica Potente Mixtape, HERE.

You can also download PJP Mixtapes at:

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Special Thanks:
To all of the participating artists and sound engineers, as well as Jesse Bermudez, Luke Carlos O’Reilly, Julia Lopez, Melissa Talley Palmer, Gail Fountaine, Stephanie Seiple and Lynn Washington.






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Philadelphia Jazz Project is a sponsored project of the CultureWorks | Greater Philadelphia, with funding provided by The Wyncote Foundation.


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