“El Cumbanchero” was composed by Rafael Hernández Marín, born in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico in 1892. He was a member of the “The Harlem Hell Fighters” which fought with such distinction during World War I.
He was recruited along with his brother Jesus by James Reese Europe. He and the rest of his group, the 369th Infantry Regiment, were awarded the French Croix de guerre by the President of France for their heroism in battle.
About these videos
When you watch these videos, you’re seeing the contributions of dozens of people to the cause of raising money for the people of Puerto Rico in their time of great difficulty.
Bobby Sanabria, all the members of his Multiverse Big Band, all the guest artists, and all the camera people and post production people who brought this video to you donated their time for the effort.
Randy Brecker, who is featured in this clip, flew home a day early from China – a 15 hour flight – just to make it in time for this performance.
None of the interactions the guest artists had with the Big Band were rehearsed. There was no time. In these clips, you’re seeing jazz at its finest. “Here’s the tune. Go!” – and out comes artistry.
Now it’s time for little artistry from viewers who have not yet contributed.
It’s time to help
Please share these clips widely and write the people you know who write about jazz and let them know these clips exist. Every jazz fan should be aware of them. Thanks.
– Ken McCarthy
Jazz on the Tube
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