There are concerts at Beckman Auditorium at Caltech in a regular basis, but the upcoming Feb. 4 concert is particularly exciting to me because it features two great artists that I actually know (ok, we’re not best friends, but we’re on a Facebook “friendly” basis) – Rebeca Mauleon and Joey De Leon Jr. They will be guest artists during the Caltech Jazz Band concert, under the direction of Barb Catlin.
Rebeca Mauleon is a pianist, bandleader, composer, Grammy-nominated producer, educator, and author. For about three decades she has built expertise in Afro-Caribbean and Latin American music, having had the opportunity to perform and record with musicians the likes of Tito Puente and Carlos Santana. She is a tenured professor of Latin American music and has a long list of accomplishments that you can read all about on her website.
Joey De Leon Jr. is a friendly man with a contagious smile that will blow your mind as you watch him play the congas, the timbales, and pretty much any percussion instrument he can get a hold of. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Classical Percussion Performance from the Manhattan School of Music, and the beat runs in his blood, per say, as he comes from a family of musicians. He is well known in the Los Angeles Salsa dancing scene, and is often on stage as part of the respected Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band.
These two are top of the line musicians that you can enjoy here at a surprisingly low ticket price. Caltech students/staff/faculty will pay only $5 at the door. General admission will be $10. You can call (626) 395-4652 for tickets. The concert will start at 8 p.m.
The Beckman Auditorium at Caltech is located at 332 South Michigan Avenue, in Pasadena.
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