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Steven Oquendo’s Ocho Con Afinque at Pelham Bay Park

June 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Enjoy an evening of salsa performed by Steven Oquendo’s Ocho Con Afinque.

Steven Oquendo (musician, band leader and educator) was born in 1979 in New York City. Oquendo’s love affair with music began at the tender age of 10, when he first
learned to play the trumpet. He later attended one of the nation’s most prestigious performing arts institutions –Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School– and was a member of the award winning LaGuardia Concert Jazz Ensemble. During his attendance, the ensemble won first place in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 1996 Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition and Festival. Oquendo was individually awarded the Outstanding Soloist Award during the 1998 competition by Wynton Marsalis. That same year he was also a member of the prestigious Grammy All-American High School Jazz Orchestra. During this time he was mentored by Jon Faddis and Wynton Marsalis – two of the most highly regarded jazz trumpeters.
During and after high school, Oquendo – who is of Puerto Rican and Dominican descent – proved himself to be a powerful force in Latin music scene. Oquendo has toured all parts of the globe, including Africa, Europe, South America and the Caribbean. He has recorded and performed with a wide and diverse range of artists, which include collaborations with, Destiny’s Child, Big Pun, Swiss Beatz, Angie Martinez, Juan Luis Guerra, and Mana. He has also performed with Celia Cruz, Ruben Blades, Cheo Feliciano, Wynton Marsalis, Jon Faddis, Arturo Sandoval, India, George Lamond, Eddie Palmieri, Ray Santos, Milly Quezada, The Tito Rodriguez Orchestra, The Machito Orchestra, and many more.

In 2009 Oquendo formed the Steven Oquendo Latin Jazz Orchestra (SOLJO), a 19-piece big band comprised of well-seasoned professional musicians that, for more than five years, has intrigued and captivated audiences with its sophisticated use of free improvisation, dissonant harmonies, fusion rhythms, and creative arrangements of palladium era Afro Cuban, Latin Jazz, salsa, and mambo classics.

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This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and former District 13 Councilwoman Marjorie Velázquez.


June 28
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Pelham Bay Park – Middletown Lawn
Middletown Road & Stadium Avenue
Bronx, NY 10465 United States
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