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April 5, 2023

Tito Puente and Tito Rodriguez Centennial Celebration featuring Carlos Henriquez and Friends

May 5 & 6 at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s
Rose Theater in New York, NY

On May 11-13 Henriquez serves on judging panel of
28th annual Essentially Ellington High School
Jazz Band Competition & Festival

New York, NY
(April 05, 2023) —  

On May 5 and 6, at 8:00 p.m. in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater, Grammy nominated Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra bassist-composer-arranger Carlos Henriquez leads an all-star band to celebrate the respective centennial birthdays of Mambo Kings Tito Puente and Tito Rodriguez.

For the Tito Puente and Tito Rodriguez Centennial Celebration featuring Carlos Henriquez and Friends, Henriquez and a hand-picked big band honor the centennials of two greats: iconic timbalero-vibraphonist and gregarious Nuyorican bandleader Tito Puente—a pioneering figure in Latin Jazz, and his sometimes rival, San Juan-born vocalist-timbalero-bandleader Tito Rodriguez. These 1923 babies revolutionized the Latin dance scene of the 1950s and 1960s and changed the course of jazz.

Led by Henriquez, the ensemble includes trumpeters Jesus Ricardo, Kali Rodríguez, Linda Brinceño; saxophonists Abdias Armentero, Paul Nedzela; Jose Madera on timbales; Bobby Allende on congas; Johnny Rodriguez on bongo; pianist Manuel Valera; and vocalist Jeremy Bosch, and more musicians to be announced.

Tito Puente and Tito Rodriguez Centennial Celebration continues Jazz at Lincoln Center’s season of cross-cultural offerings that illuminate, actualize, and reaffirm the notion of jazz as a global language and the music’s power to bridge divides and coalesce distinct communities. In addition to leading the centennial event to honor the Mambo Kings on May 5 and 6, Henriquez plays a significant role in the organization’s education initiatives focused on the history of Latin music and jazz.

On May 11-13, 2023, Henriquez will serve as a judge in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 28th annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival, the hallmark program for the largest jazz education network in the world. This year, Jazz at Lincoln Center is making the first-ever publication of four works by Afro-Cuban-New York jazz and salsa pioneer Machito available to participating high schools. This marks the first time in Essentially Ellington history that a Latin composer is featured with four tunes added to the EE library.

Carlos Henriquez was born in 1979 in the Bronx, New York. He took up the bass while enrolled in The Juilliard School’s Music Advancement Program. At LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, Henriquez participated in the LaGuardia Concert Jazz Ensemble which went on to win first place in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Essentially Ellington competition. In 1998, Henriquez joined the Wynton Marsalis Septet and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, touring the world and playing on more than 25 albums. He has performed with diverse artists including Chucho Valdés, Paco De Lucía, Tito Puente, the Marsalis Family, Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder, Lenny Kravitz, and Marc Anthony. He has been a member of the music faculty at Northwestern University School of Music since 2008 and, in 2010, served as Musical Director of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra’s cultural exchange with the Cuban Institute of Music with Chucho Valdés. He issued his debut album as a leader The Bronx Pyramid in 2015 on Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Blue Engine Records, and his Grammy-nominated release The South Bronx Story in 2022.

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Ticket Information

Ticket prices for Rose Theater are $40 and up dependent upon seating section.

Note: Hot Seats—$10 seats for each Rose Theater performance (excluding Jazz for Young People® concerts and other performances as specified) and select performances in The Appel Room—are available for purchase by the general public on the Wednesday prior to each performance. Tickets are subject to availability; please call 212-258-9877 for available Hot Seats performance dates.

Hot Seats are available only in person at the Box Office, with a maximum of two tickets per person. Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Hot Seats Ticket Discount Program is supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

*Please note that a $3.50 Jazz at Lincoln Center Facility Fee applies to ALL ticket purchases, with the exception of $10 Hot Seats. A $7 handling fee also applies when purchasing tickets from CenterCharge or when purchasing tickets online via jazz.org.

All single tickets for The Appel Room and Rose Theater can be purchased through jazz.org 24 hours a day or through CenterCharge at 212-721-6500, open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased at the Jazz at Lincoln Center Box Office, located on Broadway at 60th Street, ground floor.


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No weekend hours except on performance days.


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Sunday: 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.


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Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 35th season runs from through June 10, 2023 in Rose Theater, The Appel Room, and Dizzy’s Club – all at Frederick P. Rose Hall, the home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, located at Broadway at 60th Street in New York, NY. In addition to 22 unique live concerts throughout Frederick P. Rose Hall and more than 350 nights of music in Dizzy’s Club, the organization offers webcast performances, in-person and virtual education programs, and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis tour dates worldwide.

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra is presented by the Arnhold Family.

Leadership support for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra is provided by Michele and Mark Mandel, the Perry and Donna Golkin Family Foundation, and the Zou Family Fund.

Leadership support for Jazz at Lincoln Center is made possible through America’s Cultural Treasures, a sponsored project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors and the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant through the leadership and support of Senator Charles E. Schumer and
the New York Congressional Delegation.

Leadership support for Jazz at Lincoln Center’s concert season is provided by
Jody and John Arnhold and Lynne and Richard Pasculano.

Leadership support is also provided by an Anonymous Donor; Jody and John Arnhold;
Howard Gilman Foundation, Inc.; Mellody Hobson and George Lucas;
and Dalio Philanthropies.

Major support is provided by Abrams Foundation; The Ambrose Monell Foundation,
and Seedlings Foundation.

Generous support is provided by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

“Tito Rodriguez and Tito Puente Centennial Celebration” is supported, in part, by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the
National Endowment for the Arts.

The Movado Group Foundation is The Official Timekeeper of Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Jazz at Lincoln Center proudly acknowledges its major corporate partners:
The Movado Group Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies and The Coca-Cola Company.

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