TJBS Great Albums Concert Series: Mongo at the Village Gate

Our friends at the Tennessee Jazz and Blues Society continue their Great Albums Concert Series this Sunday, and we hope you'll check out this great music!

TJBS celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month by highlighting “Mongo at the Village Gate” by Mongo Santamaria featuring Yamil Conga. Sunday, September 16, 2018 in The Lounge at City Winery Nashville. Doors open at 5 pm and the show begins at 7 pm.

In September 1963 “Mongo at the Village Gate” found Mongo Santamaria entering the boogaloo era with a variety of funky pieces that show the influence of R&B and soul-jazz without losing the group’s roots in Cuban music. The infectious live set teamed the conguero with trumpeter Marty Sheller, the reeds of Pat Patrick and Bobby Capers, pianist Rodgers Grant, bassist Victor Venegas, drummer Frank Hernandez and the percussion of Chihuahua Martinez and Julian Cabrera. Songs like “Fatback,” “Mongo’s Groove,” and “Creole” have happy, soulful, and simple melodies. This is one of Marty Sheller’s best dates on trumpet, while Santamaria takes “My Sound” as a colorful unaccompanied solo.


Yamil Conga is a versatile musician and powerhouse who is known for exciting congas, immersive timbales and dynamic drumming. Becoming a dominant presence in the Nashville music scene, Yamil has risen to cement his place as a top Latin percussionist and as an entertaining and a natural performer with flare. Utilizing his Puerto Rican roots and a relentless passion for music, he has created his own blend of hypnotic precision with a boisterously full sound. His inspiration draws from influences such as Santana, Ricky Martin and La Fania All Stars. This unique musician has a very full range from salsa, pop, top 40’s, country, rock and jazz. Yamil Conga has toured with various bands and now plays for Joseph Wooten, Kevin Mac, Dj Maj, Nashville Latin Allstars, Roots of Rhythm, Alison Brazil and Lalo Davila.

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