Columbia Jazz Ensembles at Miller Theatre Featuring Bobby Porcelli


New York native Bobby Porcelli is one of Latin and Afro-Cuban jazz's most accomplished flutists and alto saxophonists. Bobby Porcelli has earned his stellar reputation through years of performing with the biggest names in Latin music. He joined the Tito Rodriguez Orchestra in 1963 and later the Machito Orchestra in 1965. Porcelli began playing with Tito Puente during 1966 and continued on with Puente for over 30 years. He is the only lead alto sax player to have played steadily with the "Big Three" from the Palladium Era (Puente, Machito, and Rodriquez). Porcelli has performed and recorded with Mongo Santamaria, Eddie Palmieri, Chico O'Farrill, Willie Colon, George Benson, Joe Henderson, Cedar Walton, and Bobby Watson. An original member of T.S. Monk's sextet as well as the Monk on Monk Tentet, Porcelli currently performs with Arturo O'Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra.

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