It's a United Nations of music. The seven guys in the band called Mango represent a lot of cultures, whether first or second generation. The group plays more than 15 instruments...
It’s a United Nations of music.
The seven guys in the band called Mango represent a lot of cultures, whether first or second generation.
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The group plays more than 15 instruments, including trumpet, piano, saxophone, bass, flute and an array of percussion: bongos, timbales, congas, shakers, tambourines, cowbells and claves.
The percussion adds greatly to one of the key elements of Latin music: rhythm.
“Each country has rhythms that are peculiar to it. It’s an interweaving, but it starts with the percussion,” said Jack Klitzman, who plays flute and woodwinds for Mango. The group normally calls itself Tumbao but decided to become Mango for this party.
The band headlines New Year’s Eve at the Dorothy Jayne Studio beginning at 8:30 p.m. Dec. 31 in Everett. This musical round-the-world party will include dancing, favors and a champagne toast.
Half the time, the band will play swing music — waltzes and other dance styles. The other half, it will go Latin — mambo, cha-cha, rumba, salsa, tango, bossa nova and others. Many of the styles will be performed by Olga Foraponova and other champions of DanceSport competitions. There will be public dancing, too.
With everyone from Gloria Estefan to Enrique Iglesias popularizing Latin music, it’s one of the fastest-growing music genres, said Julio Jauregui, Mango’s music director and pianist.
“I think people like Tito Puente, and nowadays Jennifer Lopez, who include in their pop albums a cut in Spanish or one that has really traditional rhythms … are exposing Americans of all backgrounds to Latin music,” Jauregui said.
Mango’s repertoire includes the whole spectrum of jazz as well as Latin, Spanish ballads and the music of the Caribbean.
Jauregui was born in Louisiana but raised in Mexico City. At 19, he came back to the U.S. and studied jazz, composition and ethnomusicology at the University of Oregon.
He and Carlos Cascante founded Tumbao, and they connected with Klitzman, who had created Mango in the late 1990s. The musicians perform in both groups at weddings, corporate parties and nightclubs.
“The reality is that most contemporary musicians have to be very versatile,” Klitzman said.
“You have to expose yourself to many different styles of music,” said Jauregui, “and be a participant, in terms of listening and buying, yourself.”
Klitzman got a doctorate at the University of Washington in microbiology and immunology but spent only three years more in the field before he went back to music, a first love. He books musicians for tours and celebrity shows in addition to arranging, composing and performing in bands.
“Music is an interesting field,” Klitzman said. “People don’t care what you have done. They care about what you can do.”
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