Latin Music in New York City

Latin music is more than Salsa, Merengue, and Bachata. Latin European music includes Classical, Opera, and Flamenco. Latin American folk music includes TangoSambaCumbia, and Mariachi. Contemporary Latin music includes Latin Jazz, Rock, PopBossa Nova, Hip-Hop, and Reggaeton.

Arturo O’Farrill Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra

The multi-Grammy winning Cuban-American bandleader plays his historic weekly Sunday night gig at Birdland, Sun, May 28, 2017

Eddie Palmieri is a living Latin Jazz legend

American Jazz saxophonist Donald Harrison “The King of Nouveau Swing” joins the Palmieri Quintet at Subrosa in the Meatpacking District, Mon, May 29, 2017

SummerStage 2017 presents free concerts of great Latin artists in NYC parks

Free concerts of Argentine, Brazilian, Chilean, Colombian, Cuban, French, Italian, Jewish, Mexican, Portuguese, Puerto Rican, and Venezuelan music and dance at NYC parks in all five boroughs June 21 – August 25, 2017

Pedrito Martinez is the world’s first-call rumbero

The Grammy-nominated Cuban singer and percussionist plays Subrosa in the Meatpacking District, Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Forro in the Dark is a Brazil Party

The hot Brazilian dance band released their new album Sandcastle in April, 2017. They open for Samba legend Elza Soares for the Red Bull Music Academy Festival at The Town Hall in Midtown, Fri, May 19.

Elza Soares is Samba Jazz, Rock, Disco, Punk, Hip-Hop, Pop, and Samba

The Red Bull Music Academy Festival brings the Brazilian legend to The Town Hall in Midtown, Fri, May 19, 2017

Selena Gomez is a Bad Liar because she is a good girl

The Mexican-American pop star, the most popular person on Instagram, releases the first single from her upcoming album May 18, 2017

Axel Tosca Laugart, Jazz-Timba-Funk

The Cuban pianist plays Zinc Bar in Greenwich Village, Thu, May 18, 2017

Alex Sensation is New York City’s top Hispanic DJ

Listen to Alex on 97.9 FM Mon-Fri 11am-3pm and Sat nights 6-10pm

Pedro Giraudo is NYC’s busiest Tango Jazz leader

The Argentine bassist and composer’s Tango Quartet plays Barbès in Park Slope, Brooklyn, Thu, May 25, 2017

Buika is the Queen of Flamenco soul

Celebrate the Spanish singer-songwriter’s birthday on May 10

Isabel Leonard at the Metropolitan Opera

The Grammy-winning Argentine-American mezzo-soprano sings Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Thu, May 11, 2017

All-woman Mariachi Flor de Toloache are NYC’s Mariachi Kings

NYC’s first ladies of Mariachi play Central Park SummerStage, Sat, July 8, 2017

Gerardo Contino y Los Habaneros is one of the best bands in Manhattan

This hot New York-based Cuban Salsa band plays “Habana Nights” at Subrosa in the Meatpacking District Sat, May 13, 2017

Paquito D’Rivera is a Jazz & Classical music giant

Paquito plays American Museum of Natural History in the Upper West Side, Sat, May 13, 2017

Gilberto Santa Rosa is the Grand Marshal of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade

The Puerto Rican romantic salsa and bolero singer leads the parade, Sun, Jun 11, 2017

Osvaldo Fresedo had a long career making melodic Tangos like “Vida Mía”

Celebrate the Argentine bandoneon player, composer, and Tango orchestra leader’s birth in Buenos Aires on May 5, 1897

Viva La Musica de Argentina, two Argentine Masses with over 200 singers at Lincoln Center

World premiere of Martín Palmeri’s Tango Credo conducted by Saul Zaks, paired with the Ariel Ramírez classic Misa Criolla at David Geffen Hall in Lincoln Center, Sun, Apr 30, 2017. SAVE 50%

Conductor Saul Zaks embraces the ends of the world (Interview)

The Argentine conductor talks about conducting, Tango, the immigrant experience, and the ends of the world before conducting the world premiere of Martín Palmieri’s Tango Credo at David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center

Assad Brothers are the best guitar duo in existence

The Brazilian-born Classical guitar duo play the 92nd Street Y, Sat, Apr 29, 2017

Fluxo: Funk Proibidão brings underground Hip-Hop from the Rio favelas to NYC

The Red Bull Music Academy Festival brings a Brazilian Rio favela party to Brooklyn, venue TBA, Sat, Apr 29, 2017

Paloma San Basilio & Raul Di Blasio “Tal Como Somos”

The Spanish and Argentine pop stars bring their “Tal Como Somos” tour to the Beacon Theatre in the Upper West Side, Sat, Apr 15, 2017

Septeto Santiaguero

Dominican Salsa singer José Alberto “El Canario” joins the Cuban dance band at Lehman Center in The Bronx Apr 15, 2017

Mega Mezcla

Tickets go on sale Mar 1 for the concert at Madison Square Garden Tue, Apr 11, 2017

Joan Baez knows a little about diamonds and rust

Watch the American folk singer with a Mexican heritage get inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, or on HBO on Fri, Apr 7 at 7pm

NYC’s Colombian Musicians Throw a Party to Raise Money for Mocoa Landslide Survivors

Join Alex Sensation, Orquesta Guayacan, Cesar Alvarez, Maria del Rosario, Pacho Velez, Juanos, Ja-Nay, Miguel Horacio, Evenny, Los Iracundos, Braulio Jimenez, Reneco, Nilko Andreas, Gregorio Uribe, Duey Meza, Joridel & more at La Boom in Woodside, Queens, Sun, Apr 9

Enrique Iglesias is the King of Latin Pop

The Enrique Iglesias & Pitbull LIVE! tour comes to Madison Square Garden, Fri, Jun 30, 2017

Elio Villafranca Cuba – Senegal: Letters to Mother Africa II

Cuban Jazz pianist, composer, and Juilliard professor calls our ancestors again with “Cuba – Senegal: Letters to Mother Africa II” at Aaron Davis Hall in Harlem on Fri, Mar 31

David Rubenstein Atrium presents free weekly concerts

A discount ticket office and public space and that hosts free performances weekly on Thursdays and some Fridays

Gregorio Uribe is NYC’s Cumbia Jazz King

The Colombian singer-songwriter plays Subrosa in the Meatpacking District Sat, Apr 22, 2017

Maluma Medellín Reggaeton

The Colombian Reggaeton singer-songwriter who recently went #1 in Shakira’s Chantaje featuring Maluma brings his “Pretty Boy, Dirty Boy” tour to the Hammerstein Ballroom Fri, Mar 17, 2017

Grupo Niche is Cali Pachangueros

Colombian Salsa legends play the New York Salsa Festival at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Jun 10, 2017

Marc Anthony is a New York Salsa legend

The best selling Tropical Salsa artist of all time plays the New Coliseum in Uniondale, Long Island, Sun, Apr 9, 2017

Tito Rojas “El Gallo Salsero”

The Puerto Rican Salsa singer joins the New York Salsa Festival at Barclays Center, Jun 10, 2017

New York Salsa Festival is an arena of Salsa legends

Willie Colón, Eddie Palmieri, Tito Nieves, Grupo Niche, Fruko y Sus Tesos, Tito Rojas, DLG, Eddie Santiago, Frankie Negron, and Domingo Quiñones, and more at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Sat, Jun 10, 2017

Willie Colón was the bad boy of Salsa back in the day

He is back at the New York Salsa Festival at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Sat, Jun 10, 2017

Luz Pinos is a bright new star of South American Pop

Check out the engaging first video Mozo featuring Paquito D’Rivera and Luisito Quintero from the Ecuadorian singer-songwriter’s debut album Mariposa Azul being released at Drom Mar 30, 2017

Gisela João’s Fado is poetry of the heart [Review]

Young Fado sensation Gisela Joáo makes her NYC debut at Schimmel Center for the NY Fado Festival Sat, Feb 25, 2017

DJ Ride & Stereossauro 2x World Champions scratch Portuguese Fado Roots

Two-time world champions make their NY debut at Joe’s Pub in the East Village for the NY Fado Festival Sun, Feb 26, 2017

NY Fado Festival, the past, present, and future of Portuguese Fado

At Sport Club Portugues in Newark, NJ, Schimmel Center in the Financial District, and Joe’s Pub in the East Village, Feb 24-26, 2017

Metropolitan Opera is America’s premiere opera company

Bellini’s Italian opera La Traviata opens, and Mexican tenor Javier Camarena stars in Bellini’s Italian opera I Puritani in the week of Feb 20-26, 2017

Voces Blancas del Nalón is a heavenly young women’s choir

The choir from Asturias, Spain sings a free chorale concert highlighting Spanish composers and arrangements at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Midtown Fri, Mar 3, 2017

Los Van Van, Cuba’s Dance Rockers

The Cuban dance band that brought Rock & Roll into the Cuban Son in 1969 and stayed at the forefront of pop music in Cuba for decades plays the B.B. King Blues Club Friday, Dec 9, 2016 at 8pm

Grupo Rebolú is Afro-Colombian dance music

The Colombians take over SOB’s in Tribeca Sat, Feb 18, 2017

Chucho Valdés, Jesse & Joy, Ile, Vicente Fernández, and the Jose Lugo & Guasábara Combo win 2017 Grammys

Grammy nominees were announced Dec 6, 2016 and awarded Sun, Feb 12, 2017

Orchestra of St. Luke’s

Spaniard Pablo Heras-Casado conducts the Brahms Requiem at Carnegie Hall, Thu, Feb 16, 2017

Javier Limón is a Spanish Flamenco institution

The singer-songwriter, producer, educator, and ambassador explores the Jewish, Arabic, and Gypsy origins of Flamenco at Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center Sat, Feb 11, 2017

Audiences can’t get enough of Javier Camarena

The star Mexican bel canto tenor is Arturo in Bellini’s Italian opera I Puritani at the Metropolitan Opera Feb 10-28, 2017

Miguel Zenón Quartet “Tipico”

The Puerto Rican New Yorker’s Jazz quartet releases Tipico Feb 10, then plays the Village Vanguard in Greenwich Village, Feb 14-19, 2017

Maelo Ruiz

The Puerto Rican Salsa singer joins the “Love in Salsa” concert at Lehman Center Sat, Feb 11, 2017

Nilko Andreas, world-Classical guitar and sweaty Rumba Flamenco Pop

The Colombian guitarist takes his Rumba Flamenco side project LaMar NYC to Communitea in Long Island City, Fri, Feb 3, 2017

Jordi Savall, early music master

The Spanish Catalan viol player is a living legend of early Western music. He opens La Serenissima at Carnegie Hall Fri, Feb 3 and leads his Hypèrion XXI ensemble Sun, Feb 12, 2017

Edmar Castañeda is the Mozart of the Andean Harp

The Colombian Jazz harpist plays the Guadalupe Inn in Bushwick, Brooklyn Tue, Jan 31, 2017

Daddy Yankee is the Padrino of Reggaeton

Celebrate the birthday of Daddy Yankee (Ramon Ayala) on February 3, 1977 in San Juan, Puerto Rico

BAM Café

Pre-concert dinner and drinks spot with free live music on some Friday and Saturday nights.

Federico Aubele

Let the Argentine electronic dub pop singer-songwriter send you “Postales” of love from Joe’s Pub Tue, Feb 14 at 7:30pm


Argentine tenor Marcelo Álvarez is Don José in Bizet’s French opera at the Metropolitan Opera Jan 19 – Feb 18, 2017

Latin Side of Dizzy with Carlos Henriquez

The Jazz composer and bassist for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra celebrates Dizzy Gillespie’s centennial with “The Latin Side of Dizzy” at Jazz at Lincoln Center Fri-Sat, Jan 27-28, 2017

Aurelio Martinez

The leading voice of the Garifuna people, Indigenous Carib of Honduras, plays a free concert at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, Thu, Jan 19, 2017

JP Jofre

Argentine bandoneonist and composer has a world premiere of new works for bandoneon and orchestra at Le Poisson Rouge Jan 14, 2017

Ismael Miranda

“The Pretty Boy of Salsa” plays a reunion concert with Larry Harlow at Lehman Center Jan, 21, 2017

Winter JazzFest

Keep your cool in January at this Village Jazz marathon during APAP. It sells out every year. Thu-Tue, Jan 5-10. The Jazz marathons are Fri-Sat Jan 6-7, 2017.

Brian Lynch

Grammy-winning trumpet player and leader brings his latest, the Grammy-nominated Madera Latino to the Jazz Standard Tue-Wed, Jan 3-4, 2017

La Serenissima

A celebration of music and arts from the Venetian Republic at Carnegie Hall and other venues February 3-21, 2017

Andrea Bocelli is classical pop crossover

The multi-Grammy nominated Italian crossover tenor plays Madison Square Garden, Thu, Dec 15, 2016

Plácido Domingo

The world-renowned Spanish tenor sings the title role of Nabucco at the Metropolitan Opera between December 12, 2016 and January 7, 2017


About 45,000 performing arts professionals come to NYC to watch artists perform at 12 arts festivals and some 1,000 showcases around the city. January 6-10, 2017

Cucu Diamantes

The Cuban singer-songwriter, actress and humanitarian brings her sassy style to Subrosa Friday-Saturday December 9-10, 2016.

Mariah Carey “All I Want for Christmas is You”

The Venezuelan-American pop singer brings her annual “All I Want for Christmas is You” concert to the Beacon Theatre December 5-17, 2016

Encuentro NYC Colombian Music Festival

This festival of Colombian music and dance is at Le Poisson Rouge in Greenwich Village December 3, 2016 from 4-10pm

New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks

Don’t miss the holiday tradition Handel’s Messiah December 13-17, 2016

Latin Grammys

The 17th Annual Latin Grammys were Thursday, Nov 17, 2016. “La Bicicleta” by Carlos Vives and Shakira won Record of the Year and Song of the Year. Fellow Colombian Manuel Medrano won Best New Artist. Mexico and Brazil had the most wins. Colombia and Argentina were right behind.

Django Reinhardt NY Festival

This unstoppable tribute to the French-Gypsy guitar legend continues at Birdland in August and November. Next visit is November 15-20, 2016.

Zaira Meneses, the first lady of the classical guitar

Zaira Meneses, Mexico’s “First Lady of the classical guitar” is guest soloist with the Chamber Orchestra of New York at Carnegie Hall, Thu, Dec. 8, 2016 at 7:30pm

José Luis Perales

The Spanish soft-pop singer brings his “Calma” tour to the Beacon Theatre Friday, November 11, 2016

Nicky Jam

The Puerto Rican / Dominican Reggaeton star’s “Hasta el Amanacer” (Until Dawn) hits #1 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart for October 8, 2016


Mexican Queen of Latin Pop brought her Latina Love Tour to the Beacon Theatre on September 28, 2016

Bibi Ferreira, the Grand Dame of Brazilian Stage

INTERVIEW ~ The living legend debuts “4 x Bibi” with the best of Piaf, Rodrigues, Gardel, and Sinatra at Symphony Space September 20 & 23, 2016

Hot Latin Songs

What we are listening to now

Jorge Mejia

Mejia, the President of Sony/ATV Music for Latin America and the U.S., is also a classical pianist and composer. His first album is “Preludes.”

Black Eyed Peas

The Peas remade their first hit “Where is the Love” with a host of celebrities in response to the 2016 terror attacks on people and police #WHERESTHELOVE

“Juan Gabriel is our Elvis”

The Latin Elvis is “Siempre en mi Mente” (Always in my Mind).

Tony Succar UNITY Latin Tribute to Michael Jackson

If you like Michael Jackson and Salsa, you will love this.

Julion Alvarez y su Norteño Banda

On of the top artists in Regional Mexican music kicks off his Mis Idolos…Hoy Mis Amigos Tour at The Theater in Madison Square Garden Saturday, July 30 at 8:30pm

Laura Pausini

The Italian and Spanish pop superstar brings her “Simili / Similares” Tour to Barclays Center in Brooklyn Thu, July 28, 2016

American Rhapsody: Gershwin, Arlen & the Blues

Jazz in July at the 92nd Street Y explores the classic theater tunes of George Gershwin and Howard Arlen. Thursday, July 28, 2016 at 8pm.

Take the A Train: Billy Strayhorn at 100

Jazz in July at the 92nd Street Y explores the music of Duke Ellington’s collaborator Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at 8pm with Bill Charlap.

Kings of Stride: Eubie, Fats & the Lion

Jazz in July at the 92nd Street Y explores the Stride Jazz piano style that developed out of Ragtime. Featuring clarinetist Anat Cohen on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at 8pm.

Unforgettable: The Nat King Cole Songbook

Cole’s brother Freddy Cole sings hits like “Unforgettable” and “Mona Lisa.” The band is led by Jazz in July Artistic Director Bill Charlap. It’s at the 92nd Street Y, Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 8pm.

Jazz Goes Hollywood: Dietz & Schwartz

Jazz in July at the 92nd Street Y goes to Hollywood with the songs of composer Arthur Schwartz and lyricist Howard Dietz. Featuring Bill Charlap, Renee Rosnes, and Sandy Stewart. Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at 8pm

Bill Charlap Summertime Swing Party

The great Jazz pianist opens Jazz in July at the 92nd Street Y with a night of unforgettable Swing-era hits.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at 8pm

Fleur Seule

Relive all the romance and glamour of the 1940s through Swing, Jazz, and Ballroom music from around the world. Fleur Seule plays Midsummer Night Swing at Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park Wed, June 29, 2016.

Angelica de la Riva

The Brazilian opera singer and American Jazz singer reprise the collaborations of Frank Sinatra and Antônio Carlos Jobim
Sheen Center
Fri, June 10, 2016 at 8pm

Dizzy Gillespie Afro-Cuban All Stars

The Afro-Cuban version of Gillespie’s legacy band with Mario Grillo (Machito Jr.)
Tue, June 7, 14, 21 & 28 at 8pm & 10pm

Rosa Passos

One of Brazil’s great romantic bossa nova singers
Blue Note Jazz Club
June 6-8, 2016 at 8 & 10:30pm

Blue Note Jazz Festival

Annual June Jazz festival features top Jazz and Latin artists
Multiple venues
June 1-30

Vince Giordano – There is a Future in the Past

Documentary screening, discussion & performance
Jazz in July Festival hosted by Bill Charlap
92nd Street Y
Sunday, July 10, 2016 at 6pm

New York Festival of Song

Compositora: Songs by Latin American Women featuring soprano María Valdés and baritone Efraín Solís
Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 8pm

Salt Cathedral

Brooklyn-based ElectroPop fronted by Juliana Ronderos and Nicolas Losada, originally from Bogotá, Colombia.
Friday, March 25th at 8pm