Latin Jazz Orchestra - Havana Blues

True Flight Borders LogoIs a swinging affair and a testament to the ensemble’s virtuosity, versatility, and ability to create music that appeals to a wide audience.

Modeled after the standard big-band format, the ensemble draws inspiration from the orchestras of Tito Puente, Machito, Tito Rodriguez and Mario Bauza but the vast majority of the repertoire is original compositions and arrangements, composed by Rendon, Rick Faulkner, and Joe Mannozzi. Tunes that, musically speaking, run the gamut – from straight-ahead New York Mambo to danceable Latin-Jazz and Brazilian and Afro-Peruvian rhythms.

Victor-Rendon-transpWelcome to our website,

The Bronx Conexión Latin-Jazz Big Band is a driving 20-piece Latin-Jazz Big Band. The ensemble, with its home base at Lehman College Bronx NYC, brings a group of veteran musicians with a wide variety of experience in the field.

This site will keep you up to date on the band's performances, latest videos, photos, recordings, band member info, etc.

In addition, the site will host much information on multiple genres of music and various percussion styles; Latino, rumba, Brazilian, Afro-Peruvian, etc.

Check out the Blog Percussion section with past issues of Latin Percussionist Magazine.

It has many interviews on world-class percussionists, articles on drumset, timbales, congas, bongos, and batá drums.

There are also articles on rumba, ritmo pacá, quinto, mozambique, and many others.

A tremendous Latin percussion educational resource!

We will continue to post informative interviews with great musicians describing their methods and strategies for excellence in drumming.

- Victor Rendón, Director

José Madera Arranger/ percussionist, has long been a driving force behind the bands of many artist [ ... ]

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Percussion Issue 5 Winter 1999

Candido At seventy-three years, Candido Camero is as busy as any musician could hope to be in New Y [ ... ]

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Percussion Issue 8 Winter 1999

Anga Mania! Cuban born, Miguel "Anga" Diaz, is known as one of the new generation congueros followi [ ... ]

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Percussion Issue 9 Fall 1999

Quinto Lock Rumba is an Afro-Cuban folkloric hybrid, originating from Havana and Matanzas. There ar [ ... ]

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Percussion Issue 10 Winter 2000

Johnny Almendra Covering a career of over 25 years, drummer/percussionist Johnny Almendra has been  [ ... ]

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Percussion Issue 11 Fall 2000

Monchito Muñoz Drummer/timbalero, Ramon Muñoz Rodríguez better known as Monchito goes back to th [ ... ]

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Percussion Issue 6 Fall 1997

Bill Fitch Legendary Bill Fitch was born on November 27, 1941. He started playing congas with Cal T [ ... ]

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Percussion Issue 7 Spring 1998

Mike Collazo Timbalero/drummer Mike Collazo is by all standards one of the most respected percussio [ ... ]

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Percussion Issue 12 Spring 2001

Frank "Chico" Guerrero Frank "Chico" Guerrero came up the ranks performing with Carmen Miranda, Xav [ ... ]

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