Montuno Productions, Inc., is happy to announce The First Annual Bay Area Latin Jazz Festival, to be held on Saturday, August 17, 2019, at Rowell Ranch, a picturesque, park-like venue operated and maintained by the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District (HARD). Rowell Ranch is located at 9275 Dublin Canyon, Rd., Castro Valley, CA 94552.
The celebration will showcase the cultural/musical contributions of Latin Jazz, with an emphasis on Afro-Caribbean and Latin American influences. Festival attendees will be able to enjoy a diverse array of food, music, dance, and artistry. There will be booth space available for Bay Area merchants, food vendors, artisans, and community organizations.
Confirmed artists include Willie Panamá, direct from Miami; El Montuno, direct from New York City; Grammy Award recipients Julius Meléndez, Christian Pepin, and Carlos Rosario; member of the legendary Escovedo family, René Escovedo; jazz vocalist, singer-song-writer, Lisa Andrea Torres; legendary producer, composer, arranger and pianist, Israel "Izzy" Tanenbaum; Edgardo & Candela; Dave Bass Afro-Cuban Jazz Quintet; DJ and radio personality, Luis Medina; and Latin Rhythm Boys, showcasing their upcoming CD “CELEBRANDO – 60 Years Est.”
As part of its community outreach efforts, Montuno Productions will seek to bring small, independently-owned, local businesses, community organizations, and music fans together with the goal of making a positive contribution to the arts and the economic and cultural vibrancy, resiliency, and strength of East Bay communities.