Mitch Frohman’s Latin-Jazz Quartet, featuring Mitch Frohman, saxophones and flutes, Zaccai Curtis, piano, Luques Curtis, bass and Joel Mateo, drums. Community Music School of Springfield, 127 State St., Springfield, MA. Tickets: $15. This concert is dedicated to the memory of Victor ‘Cuco’ Guevara.
Mitch Frohman, is one of the top saxophonist/flutists in Latin jazz. After graduating from Columbus High School in the Bronx in 1971, he earned his bachelor of music education degree from the University of Miami. He has performed on six Grammy award winning records and on numerous Grammy, Latin Grammy and Billboard nominated releases.
For 25 years Frohman was the sax and flute soloist with the Tito Puente Orchestra, and was a steady member of the Mongo Santamaria band for many years. He has played and/or recorded with Machito, Celia Cruz, La Lupe, Eddie and Charlie Palmieri, Paquito d’Rivera, Chico O’Farrill Orchestra, Cheo Feliciano, Joe Cuba and many more. He has also played and/or recorded with Cyndi Lauper, Paul Simon, David Byrne and Blood, Sweat and Tears.
He is a soloist and co-leader of the Mambo Legends Orchestra, featuring former members of Tito Puente’s Orchestra, leads the critically acclaimed Bronx Horns, and leads Eddie Torres’ Mambo Kings Dance Show Orchestra. He tours the world as a soloist with the Grammy award winning Spanish Harlem Orchestra.
His Latin-Jazz Quartet, featuring the Curtis brothers, released, From Daddy With Love, in 2013 on Truth/Revolution Records. It has received wide accolades. “Very possibly Frohman’s finest studio performance to date,” writes the Latin Jazz Network. “It is a hard choice to make because Mitch Frohman is a consistently brilliant performer – live or in the studio.”
Frohman was awarded the 2016 Latin Jazz USA Chico O’Farrill Lifetime Achievement Award. His signature solo sound can be heard somewhere in the world, every day, as the saxophone soloist on the theme song of the TV show Sex & The City.
Victor Guevera, known widely as Cuco, was a charter member of Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares, a dear friend to many, and a great champion of all kinds of music. He was a fixture in the Valley and had a deep love for, and knowledge of, many kinds of music.