The Beeville Concert Association, with generous support from H-E-B, brings this exciting group to the community in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.
The lively Caribbean beat of this talented 12-member band will make the audience want to dance in the aisles. A sample of their rhythmic Latin jazz music is available at www.caller.com/bands/ritmo-caribe.
Ritmo Caribe was organized in 2000 by Panama native Gustavo Enrique Torres, flutist, arranger, composer and singer, and Jon Pérez, electric keyboardist, pianist, bassist and percussionist.
Torres performed in Panama with “El Conjunto Latino De Lucho Gotti” as a saxophonist/musical director and recorded his first musical composition and arrangement “Mi Rico Guaguanco” with them. Having created several Salsa bands and served as musical director of many of them, Torres has performed with bands throughout the United States as well as Europe while serving in the military.
Torres is the writer and composer of numerous popular musical compositions, including “Dreams”, Hermandad Latina, “Memorias” and “Corista de Cartel.” He moved to Corpus Christi in 1993, intending to organize a new Latin band there.
Chris Ortiz, former host of KEDT-FM’s radio show “The Latin Dance Party” and “ Musica Suave,” was keenly interested in the band and put Torres in touch with Pérez, grandson of the legendary Beto Garcia, founder of the Texas Jazz Festival.
Perez, whose latest musical arrangement is “Moña Linda,” brought along other interested musicians: bassist Frederick (Freddye) Contreras; percussionist timbales player Joseph (Jody) Lopez; and percussionist congas player Alonzo (Scagnetti) Ramirez.
Percussionist bongo/cowbell Alberto (Tiko) Akui and saxophonist Eddie Olivares Jr. joined the group, along with trumpet players Kevin Graham, Larry Silvas, Oscar García and Roger Vera, and trombone players Ulrican Williams and Emede Gonzalez.
Ritmo Caribe was nominated to Univision “Premios a la Musica Latina 2005” in the category of Best Salsa/Merengue Band.
Admission is $10 at the door for adults, or $40 for a Beeville Concert Association season ticket, a bargain which admits the holder to the remaining six concerts of the 2012-2013 season. All young people through high school age and any adult who brings two of them are admitted free, and CBC students may enter by showing their student ID’s.