The Bronx Horns

The group was formed in the mid-90s and became popular for its hard-edged Latin jazz. Bronx Horns was founded by Mitch Frohman (tenor saxophonist, flautist), who had been a member Tito Puente’s band for 25 years. Frohman also performed solo with Mango Santamaria during this time. He has also been a member of Tito Puente’s Machito orchestra, Joe Cuba, Eddie Palmieri, Ray Barretto, Blood, Sweat and Tears, and is the leader of La Tropica Orchestra. Frohman has worked on soundtracks for television and film. He is the saxophone soloist for the theme from Sex In The City. Two other Puente sidemen were also present in Frohman’s early lineup of the Bronx Horns, Ray Vega (trumpet/flugelhorn), and Bobby Porcelli [alto saxophone]. The Bronx was home to Frohman and Vega, as well as Porcelli, which is why the band’s name. Oscar Hernandez (piano), Bernie Minoso (“bass”), Willie Martinez (“drums”), and George Delgado (piano), Wilson ‘Chembo’ Corniel (percussion) were the rhythm section. Johnny Rodriguez (percussion) was the director of Tito Puente Orchestra after the leader’s passing. Pete Nater, the trumpeter who succeeded Vega, is one of many who played in this group. Nater worked with Puente and Machito, Cruz and Barretto, and was also co-founder and leader for Grupo Fascinacion. The Bronx Horns were featured at the Milt Hinton Jazz Perspectives Concert 2000 in New York. They also performed at the San Jose Jazz Festival. Marciac Jazz Festival. JVC Jazz Festival. Lincoln Center Out Of Doors Festival. All music

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