SUMMIT, NJ - Percussionist Raphael Cruz, winner of the 2004 GRAMMY Award for 'Best Latin Jazz Recording', will bring his quintet to Summit for a concert April 1 at MONDO. The concert begins at 8 p.m.
Born in the Dominican Republic, Cruz's formative years included exposure to countless strong music influences. Known by his fellow musicians as a gifted percussionist and bandleader, Cruz has shared both the stage and the recording studio with such legendary performers as Mongo Santamaría, Ray Barretto, George Benson, Paquito DRivera, Herbie Mann, McCoy Tyner, Bette Midler, Flora Purim, Harry Connick Jr., and Chaka Khan.
His album production, Bebop Timba, captured the GRAMMY, and Cruz's most recent endeavor; Time Travel, includes an impressive guest list of stars, including Sonny Fortune, Claudio Roditi, Dave Valentin, Raleph Vowen, Danilo Aviles, Stefan Held, Manuel Valera, Sergio Brandau, Pablo Vergara, Greg Murphy, Roman Diaz, Giovanni Valladares, Diego Lopez, Alexis Zayas, Victor Prieto, with special appearances by vocalists Pedro Martinez, David Oquendo and Chico Alvarez.
Cruz currently resides with his family in New Jersey and is a very active member of the arts community in the Hudson County area, often touring outside the area as well.
Tickets are priced at $25, and are available at brownpapertickets.com, by calling the Teatro Si box office at 908-301-9496, or in person at MONDO, which is located at 426 Springfield Avenue.