September 4, 1998

Mambo creator, Cachao, to be inducted into the Latin Jazz Hall of Fame at 2nd Annual Los Angeles Latin Jazz Festival

Los Angeles — Legendary Grammy Award Winner and creator of the Mambo, Israel Lopez, Cachao will be inducted into the Latin Jazz Hall of Fame at the 2nd Annual Los Angeles Latin Jazz Festival, "Con Ritmo y Sabor" on Saturday, September 26, 1998, 7 pm. at the Universal Amphitheater. Andy Garcia will host the event for the second year.

A stellar lineup of 28 internationally-known Latin Jazz greats from the U.S., will assemble at the Festival to again ignite the growing passions of Los Angeles' audiences for Latin Jazz and bring enthusiastic new listeners to their feet. Performing a tribute to the genius of Cachao will be The Bass Summit with Al McKibbon, Andy Gonzalez and Carlos del Puerto, Jr. Adding their unique lustre to the event will be the spirited Brazilian sounds of the Airto Moreira and Flora Purim Quintet and L.A.'s own always-in-demand, Poncho Sanchez' Latin Jazz Band with special guest Hubert Laws.

Eleven winners of the Latin Jazz Institute's (LJI) 1998 Latin Jazz Scholarships will open the festival as the All City Latin Jazz Ensemble. The scholarship awardees are: Tizoc Ceballos and Danny Caldera from Sylmar High School; David Ortega and Abel Gonzalez from Wilson High School; Joshio Paz and Ricardo Luna from Fremont High School; Joaquin Pacheco, Carlos Aguero and Jaime Pulido from Roosevelt High School; Jorge Lopez from Belmont High School and Ray Montero from Jordan High School.

The Latin Jazz Institute Inc. (LJI), a non-profit organization, is producer of the Los Angeles Latin Jazz Festival. Its mission, in part, is to showcase Latin Jazz through its noteworthy exponents and promising young talent; advocate for the teaching of Latin Jazz in California's education institutions and raise funds for youth scholarship awards. The LJI was originally founded as the Los Angeles International Latin Jazz Festival in 1997.

Tickets are available through TicketMaster at (213) 480-3232 or (714) 740-2000 or at the Universal Am-phitheatre Box Office (818) 622-4440.

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