Los Hombres Calientes, featuring Irvin Mayfield and Bill Summers, brings its unique fiery mix of traditional "second line" jazz, Mardi Gras funk and deep, authentic Latin and American rhythms to Rochester Institute of Technology, at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5.
Considered a preeminent multi-ethnic musical ensemble, the groupís live performances make even the staid jazz listener get up and dance. While their music incorporates different musical elements and comes from many cultures, it stays true to each cultureís traditional roots.
"Weíre mixing up different sounds and cultures" says Bill Summers, percussionist. "Everything we bring to our music we want in its pure form - the funk, the jazz, the Latin and African sounds. Then we bring them together like itís a big family reunion. Everybody brings what they can, takes what they want and ends up partying together."
Los Hombres Calientes is comprised of Irvin Mayfield - trumpet, Bill Summers - percussion and vocals, Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez - drums, Victor Atkins - piano, Yvette Summers - percussion and vocals, and Edwin Livingson - bass.
Tickets for the Oct. 5 show are $15 for the general public and are available at RITís candy counter and game room, both in the Student Alumni Union. To order tickets via phone with Visa or MasterCard, call the game room at 475-2239. Doors open at 7 p.m. for the 8 p.m. show.
Los Hombres Calientes is brought to RIT by the Center for Campus Life, North Star Center and the Assistant Provost for Diversity.