Bill O'Connell and The Latin Jazz Allstars Set for Birdland Tonight

Bill O'Connell and The Latin Jazz Allstars Set for Birdland Tonight

Bill O'Connell and The Latin Jazz Allstars will perform at Birdland tonight, July 28th, with shows at 9 and 11 pm.

Bill O'Connell-piano
Steve Slagle-sax
Conrad Herwig-trombone
Adam Cruz-drums
Ruben Rodriguez-bass
Richie Flores-congas

Bill O'Connell and the Latin Jazz All-Stars Bill O'Connell is a native New Yorker who has played with many of the greats in the worlds of jazz and latin-jazz . In 1977, he joined the legendary congero, Mongo SantaMaria, writing and performing with him for over 2 years. Following that he worked with Chet Baker and jazz legend Sonny Rollins. In 1982, he joined Latin jazz flutist Dave Valentin, and they have been touring the world together ever since.

Bill, an internationally recognized composer, has had his original compositions on CD's by Mongo SantaMaria, Emily Remler, Charles Fambrough, and on virtually every recording made by flutist Dave Valentin. He has also performed with Astrud Gilberto, Jon Lucien, Jerry Gonzalez and the Fort Apache Band, Conrad Herwig and The Latin Side and many others. Bill's most recent recordings are "Rhapsody in Blue" on the Challenge label and "Triple Play Plus Three" on the ZOHO label which received a 4 star review in Downbeat.

Bobby Ramirez writes in the Latinjazzclub " There is no doubt this jazz cat (Bill O'Connell) has game; more like fire-breathing musical passion tempered with immense intellectual dominance of Jazz and Latin music that may be good enough to rival some of the great Latin Jazz pianists of the last quarter century: Chucho Valdes, George Dalto, Gonzalo Rubalcaba and others."

Birdland is located at 315 West 44th Street, NYC (between 8th and 9th Aves). Call (212) 581-3080 for more information. Discount Parking Garages on 44th street. (Edison Parking 330 West 44th Street, just east of 9th Avenue).