Weissman School of Arts and Sciences

Chris Washburne and the Syotos Latin-Jazz Ensemble

Chris Washburne and the Syotos BandChris Washburne has performed with many of the world's leading jazz (and Latin-jazz) musicians, including Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, Gloria Estefan, Celine Dion, Celia Cruz, Ruben Blades, the Duke Ellington Orchestra, and the Maria Schneider Big Band. He is also the leader of SYOTOS which has released several CDs. Washburne also teaches music at Columbia University.

This year, for the first time, the Hinton committee has organized a series of concerts starting with the October 17, 2002 appearance of the Marty Sheller Jazz Ensemble in the lobby of the Vertical Campus building. In November the College hosted trumpeter Michael Mossman leading the Latin-Jazz All Stars, including tenor saxophonist David Sanchez, trombonist Steve Turre, pianist Arturo O'Farrill, alto saxophonist Bobby Porcelli, bassist Andy Gonzalez, and percussionist Phoenix Rivera. Collectively, this group represented the best in contemporary Latin-jazz musicianship.

The inaugural Milt Hinton Jazz Perspectives concert starred Milt Hinton himself together with his picks for an "All-Star" ensemble. This group consisted of Seldon Powell (saxophonist), Bob Rosengarden (Drums), Mike Walters (saxophone and woodwinds), Derek Smith (piano), Jay D'Amico (piano), Mike Grey (trombone), and John "Bucky" Pizzarelli (guitar). This magical first concert saw famed trumpeter Wynton Marsalis join the group during the second half. The packed house roared with approval.

The following year Tito Puente and his big band also played to a full house with some students and faculty dancing in the aisles. In 1994 the concert was billed as a "Tribute to Women in Jazz," and featured a performance by singer Ruth Brown and Friends and the group Straight Ahead. In 1995 trombonist extraordinaire Slide Hampton and the Big Band Bird filled the bill for the fourth annual concert.

In 1996 America's jazz statesman Dr. Billy Taylor and the Billy Taylor Trio graced the Baruch College stage. In 1997 Jerry Gonzalez and the Fort Apache Band gave a performance that offered a unique blend of Latin and jazz traditions.

The 1998 concert presented virtuoso drummer Sherrie Maricle and the Diva Big Band. The world famous Mingus Big Band played at the 8th annual concert in 1999. The Bronx Horns, consisting of Tito Puente's brass section, together with Dave Valentin (flute) and Randy Brecker (trumpet), performed at the 9th annual concert in 2000. In 2001 The Heath Brothers ("Percy, Jimmy, and Tootie") with special guest Jimmy Owens, performed at the 10th annual concert.

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