We were honored to host Oscar Hernández and his Spanish Harlem Orchestra (SHO) in 2018 and it turned out to be among one of the most memorable performances with lots of dancing! Four-time Grammy Award winner Hernández has long been considered one of the most gifted and prominent pianists, arrangers on the contemporary Latin, Latin-Jazz, and Salsa music scene. He has achieved legendary status for his prolific career spanning now over 40 years.
Oscar Hernández is the leader of the world-renowned Spanish Harlem Orchestra. With their seven CD’s to date, Oscar and SHO, as they are commonly known, were nominated for a Grammy on their first CD “Un Gran Dia En El Barrio,” won the Grammy for their second CD release,” Across 110th Street” and nominated for their third CD “United We Swing,” and winning yet another Grammy with their 4th CD “Viva La Tradición” and won their 3rd Grammy with “Anniversary” in 2019. Oscar was the music producer as well as pianist/arranger on all CDs. Since the band’s inception in 2001, SHO has garnered numerous awards and world acclaim as one of the finest exponents of Salsa and Latin/Jazz music. Spanish Harlem Orchestra is generally considered one of the best Salsa & Latin-Jazz Orchestras today and one of the finest music ensembles in the world.
They just released their 7th CD with SHO titled, “The Latin Jazz Project,”which is receiving rave reviews.
Oscar’s career as a professional pianist began in the 70s performing and recording with such seminal artists as Ismael Miranda, Ray Barreto, Celia Cruz, Conjunto Libre, Pete “El Conde” Rodriguez & Grupo Folklorico.
In addition to being Rubén Blades pianist, arranger, and musical director, Oscar Hernández has enjoyed a prolific musical career recording and performing with such world renown artists as Latin music king Tito Puente, Queen of Salsa Music Celia Cruz, Latin Pop Star Julio Iglesias, and many more!
Live at the Vineyards grew out of a vision shared by KUVO JAZZ, the owners of Balistreri Vineyards, and Yasu Kizaki of Sushi Den to bring people together with music, the food, wine tasting, and dancing. When you tune in this year, you are not only celebrating the community connections that make such an event possible – you are celebrating the many artists who share their talent with us.
Everyday on the air we celebrate the musicians that have helped shape this community event. KUVO is the is place that listeners turn to for a diverse experience that touches hearts, minds, and souls.
As we take Live at the Vineyards 2020, to the radio airwaves, we continue to promote food vendors that prepared our Gourmet Feast in past years and rally around musicians, and ensure music takes center stage, be sure to check out the videos on our homepage.
This radio broadcast offers you an opportunity to connect to a significant event that has captured music enthusiasts for many years. This is your backstage pass from the comfort of your home to Live at the Vineyards!
Musician Line-Up: 15 Years of Live at the Vineyards
2006 Mark Sabatella and Wendy Fopeano
2007 Hazel Miller Band
2008 John Boutté
2009 Rene Marie and the Ken Walker Sextet
2010 Sam Mayfield Blues Revue
2011 Junior Mance Quintet
2012 “Mambo at the Vineyards:” Steve Turre, Jose Madera, Salsa Con Jazz Orchestra
2013 Poncho Sanchez
2014 “New Orleans at the Vineyard:” Donald Harrison, Leo Nocentelli, Henry Butler
2015 KUVO JAZZ’s 30th Anniversary: Dianne Reeves, H2 Big Band, Kevin Mahogany
2016 Monty Alexander and the Harlem-Kingston Express
2017 Bobby Watson’s All-Star Quartet & Kansas City Jump Band
2018 Spanish Harlem Orchestra
2019 Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers
2020 15 years of Live at the Vineyards (radio event)
2021 Eddie Palmieri Orchestra (August 14, 2021)
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