Double Grammy Award winning, 13-piece Spanish Harlem Orchestra is bona fide steward of the hard core salsa born in New York’s East Side barrios of the 1950s. Led by Oscar Hernández, who has enjoyed a prolific musical career as a pianist performing, arranging, and directing the groups of Rubén Blades, Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, Julio Iglesias, and Paul Simon, Spanish Harlem Orchestra is a passionate and colorful show – a musically meticulous embodiment of salsa’s Golden Age. SHO’s four Grammy-nominated albums will be followed by a fifth in September 2014, released through Artist Share and including special guests Chick Corea and Joe Lovano.
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From Latin Jazz Network By Raul da Gama From New York: Spanish Harlem Orchestra The celebrated ensemble led by pianist and musical director Oscar Hernández has been in the limelight since 2002, when their debut recording, Un Gran Día En El Barrio scored a Grammy nomination for Best Salsa Album and a Latin Billboard Award for Salsa Album of the...
Posted Oct 13th, 2014
From NPR There Is An Orchestra In Spanish Harlem The Spanish Harlem Orchestra. Salsa, jazz and a lot of great energy. We’ll hear their sound. Guests Oscar Hernández, bandleader and musician with the Spanish Harlem Orchestra. Jose Masso, host of WBUR Boston’s ¡Con Salsa! (@MassoJose) From Tom’s Reading List Pollstar: The Man Behind Spanish Harlem Orchestra — “It’s part of...
Posted Oct 10th, 2014
From Descarga Spanish Harlem Orchestra CD (Artistshare AS0131), Released 2014; Editor’s Pick Exclusively comprised of acclaimed instrumentalists known for supporting the “who’s who” of salsa, Spanish Harlem Orchestra is a musical tour-de-force keeping the hard-hitting tradition of salsa dura (heavy salsa) alive and well. Produced by Oscar Hernández, Spanish Harlem Orchestra features a stellar collection of nine newly written original...
Posted Oct 3rd, 2014
From Pollstar The Man Behind Spanish Harlem Orchestra By Jay Smith The next time you need a go-to record for those down-in-the-dumps days, a random selection by the Spanish Harlem Orchestra will definitely lift your spirits. The two-time Grammy Award-winning band has taken the Latin sounds of New York City to new levels, resulting in music that not only entertains...
Posted Sep 17th, 2014
From Artist Share The Spanish Harlem Orchestra is thrilled to announce the release of Spanish Harlem Orchestra on Artist Share, featuring special guests Chick Corea and Joe Lovano. To read more click “here:” http://www.artistshare.com/v4/projects/experience/?artistID=341&projectId=460
Posted Sep 15th, 2014
From KALW 91.7 San Francisco Jazz Perspective: Oscar Hernandez By: Reese Erlich The Spanish Harlem Orchestra is known from New York to the Bay Area. The Orchestra’s versatile leader, pianist Oscar Hernandez, can get down with a salsa beat or play a lilting Latin jazz tune. In this Jazz Perspective, Hernandez says Latin music is about more than just dancing....
Posted Aug 5th, 2014
From Artist Share Spanish Harlem Orchestra is very excited to welcome you to our debut ArtistShare Project: Spanish Harlem Orchestra which features special guests Chick Corea and Joe Lovano. Throughout the course of this project we will be sharing our passion and process for creating the music we love: authentic Salsa and Latin Jazz. The raw, organic and vintage sound...
Posted Jul 29th, 2014
Two time Grammy winners Spanish Harlem Orchestra announce the Spanish Harlem Orchestra Project with special guests Chick Corea and Joe Lovano on ArtistShare. Producing some of the best salsa music on the planet, SHO created this fan-funded project steeped in history and tradition while maintaining the highest artistic integrity. Their CD is scheduled for release in September 2014. For more...
Posted Jul 9th, 2014
From Woman Around Town The Spanish Harlem Orchestra Brings Fire to the Highline Ballroom By: Lynnette Nicholas If you want to have an experience that will transport you to a barrio in an old, Spanish town and that will fill your ears with the melodious tunes of a well trained ensemble of instrumentalists and an electric trio, then you must...
Posted Apr 16th, 2014
From Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Spanish Harlem Orchestra Takes Latin Jazz to its Roots By: Rick Nowlin Oscar Hernandez makes no apologies for remaining “old-school.” The pianist and leader of the Spanish Harlem Orchestra, which comes to the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild on Friday, has two Grammy Awards and two other nominations to the band’s credit. So you might say that he must...
Posted Jan 24th, 2014
From Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Spanish Harlem Orchestra Heats up North Side with Singing, Dancing By: Bob Karlovits Outside, temperatures were hovering in the teens, but inside, the Spanish Harlem Orchestra was making sure there was plenty of heat to go around. The 13-piece ensemble made its first stop in Pittsburgh with two shows Friday at the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild on the...
Posted Jan 24th, 2014
From Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Spanish Harlem Orchestra Born out of ‘Latin Explosion’ By: Bob Karlovits Oscar Hernandez views his music with a sense of mission. “We have a job to protect the great history and legacy of this music,” he says of the Spanish Harlem Orchestra. The 13-piece big band will be working hard — even if it seems like fun...
Posted Jan 23rd, 2014
From Lake Champlain Weekly Beyond the Dance Floor By:Benjamin Pomerance IN THE BEGINNING, you couldn’t escape the music. Not a day in the South Bronx would pass without it. At home, it was the soundtrack of a good weekend. At parties, it was the vibe that kept everything going. On the streets, it spilled out of windows and doorways like...
Posted Jul 31st, 2013
From Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Mid Atlantic Tours Announces 2013-2014 Venues and Dates Baltimore, MD – July 1, 2013 – Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation will provide $135,350 in fee support for a total of 44 performing arts engagements through its Mid Atlantic Tours program during the 2013-2014 season. Performances by Aquila Theatre (Theatre), Aszure Barton & Artists (Dance), Spanish Harlem...
Posted Jul 2nd, 2013
from Broadway World Spanish Harlem Orchestra Returns to Houston, 5/3 Society for the Performing Arts (SPA), bringing the world’s best to Houston, presents Ritmo Latino! – a performance by Spanish Harlem Orchestra, the GRAMMY Award-winning Ambassadors of New York’s classic salsa, Friday, May 3, at sundown at Miller Outdoor Theatre. This event is FREE and open to the public. New...
Posted Apr 10th, 2013
_from examiner.com Oscar Hernandez to receive Honorary Doctorate from Shepherd University By:Dena Burroughs Los Angeles based pianist and composer Oscar Hernandez will receive an Honorary Doctorate from the Shepherd University School of Music at this year’s commencement ceremony on June 2nd. Hernandez is a three-time Grammy award winner, respected in the field of Afro-Latin and Salsa music as a composer,...
Posted May 9th, 2012
For proof of how artistic director Linda Ronstadt and her collaborators at the Mariachi and Mexican Heritage Festival—a.k.a. Viva Fest—are continuing to reinvent the concept of the mariachi festival this year, look no further than the Sept. 23 concert at the SJSU Event Center. Billed as “The Sound of East L.A. Meets the Kings of Latin Swing,” and featuring Los...
Posted Sep 22nd, 2011
The nomination list for the 2012 was announced today. IMN’s very own Spanish Harlem Orchestra has been nominated for “Best Salsa Album”. Also nominated for Latin Grammy’s are Caetano Veloso, Omara Portuondo and Ojos de Brujo To see the full nominees list click here
Posted Sep 14th, 2011
IMN congratulates Spanish Harlem Orchestra for their 2nd Grammy win! SHO took home the award for Best Tropical Latin Album for Viva La Tradicion.
Posted Feb 19th, 2011
IMN congratulates Spanish Harlem Orchestra who’s new release, Viva La Tradicion, was nominated for Best Tropical Latin Album! For the full list of nominees click here
Posted Nov 24th, 2010
Oscar Hernandez, pianist and founder of the Spanish Harlem Orchestra puts into perspective the reasons behind the formation of the group, the evolution of Puerto Rican culture in New York and shares the latest CD, Viva La Tradición. Listen to the entire program here
Posted Sep 27th, 2010
Enjoy three new tracks from Spanish Harlem Orchestra’s upcoming album, Viva la Tradicón, to be released September 28. Listen here
Posted Aug 19th, 2010
from The New York Times Reborn in Central Park, Concert ‘Capeman’ Sets Its Cast By Dave Itzkoff The Public Theater’s coming concert performances of “The Capeman” will look increasingly familiar to audiences who caught that Paul Simon-Derek Walcott musical collaboration during its original short-lived Broadway run. On Thursday the Public announced a round of casting for its concerts (scheduled for...
Posted Jul 23rd, 2010
from The Latin Jazz Corner Pianist Oscar Hernandez started the road towards becoming one of the most distinctive voices in Latin dance music and jazz early in the his life and kept evolving through many different experiences. As a child in the Bronx, he showed an early aptitude for musical performance, and moved through a variety of different instruments. Access...
Posted Apr 8th, 2010
The On Canvas episode featuring Spanish Harlem Orchestra will air Wednesday, April 7th at 8pm on WHYY-TV and will re-air on Sunday, April 11th at 2pm on WHYY-TV. On Wednesday, April 7th at 5:44pm, we will also air an abbreviated radio segment of the show (approximately 3min 30sec) to air on 90FM (our NPR affiliate station) during All Things Considered....
Posted Mar 5th, 2010
The Bad Plus, Spanish Harlem Orchestra: The Shape Of Jazz To Come JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater, February 12, 2009 By Becca Pulliam Click here to listen The Bad Plus came together in the early 2000s, offering up a jazz spin on works by Nirvana, Aphex Twin and other non-jazz sources. Since then, each of the trio’s records has further...
Posted Feb 12th, 2009
Grammy Award Winning Spanish Harlem Orchestra is part of Starbucks “Song Of The Day” promotion and continues worldwide tour in support of their latest album United We Swing. On Friday, October 26, Starbucks will feature “Sacala Bailar” by Six Degrees recording artist Spanish Harlem Orchestra as their “Song of the Day.” This song is from their latest album, United We...
Posted Oct 26th, 2007
Directed by world-renowned pianist/arranger/producer Oscar Hernandez, the 13 member Spanish Harlem Orchestra has established itself as a standard bearer of contemporary Latin music.Featuring the most accomplished players in the New York Latino community, United We Swing is a stunning collection of infectious Latin music from an all-star lineup that also includes a special guest appearance by Paul Simon. Available now...
Posted May 15th, 2007
Libertad Records’ 2005 Grammy Award winning artist, Spanish Harlem Orchestra, has just been nominated for a Latin Grammy for Best Salsa Album of the Year (“Across 110th Street”)…(distributed through Universal).
Posted Aug 25th, 2005
We’d like to congratulate the following IMN artists on their Grammy wins: Best Salsa/Merengue Album (Vocal or Instrumental.) Across 110th Street Spanish Harlem Orchestra Featuring Ruben Blades [Libertad Records] Best Traditional World Music Album (Vocal or Instrumental.) Raise Your Spirit Higher Ladysmith Black Mambazo [Heads Up International] Best Contemporary World Music Album (Vocal or Instrumental.) Egypt Youssou N’Dour [Nonesuch] Best...
Posted Feb 14th, 2005
We would like to congratulate all of our artists who have been nominated for GRAMMYS this year. IMN Artists account for 12 nominations. 2004 IMN Grammy Nominations: Category 71 Best Traditional World Music Album (Vocal or Instrumental.) Raise Your Spirit Higher Ladysmith Black Mambazo [Heads Up International] Category 72 Best Contemporary World Music Album (Vocal or Instrumental.) Cositas Buenas Paco...
Posted Dec 7th, 2004
The Grammy Award winning, 13-piece Spanish Harlem Orchestra has quickly established itself as the curator of the tradition born in the integral East Side community known as “El Barrio.” In their brand new holiday program, Salsa Navidad, SHO will put their invigorating Latin flare on classic holiday songs and take their rhythmic seduction to the next level.
For the Spanish Harlem Orchestra classic salsa is still here and now…on “United We Swing…This band reminds you of the excitement that is central to the salsa orchestra… in intricacies of percussion and the breadth of Oscar Hernandez’s arrangements… the record is all righteous pleasure.
The New York Times
Watching these crack musicians rev up their complex, precision polyrhythms and fire up five-part horn harmonies is as thrilling as riding a horse that suddenly breaks into a gallop. Somebody may have the reins, but the sinewy power is unpredictable…a lesson in classic salsa
Los Angeles Times
double-dares you not to move.