Huntington Beach residents enjoy concert

August 25, 2017 by  

High humidity didn’t stop residents of Huntington Beach from enjoying a Concert in the Park earlier this month. The Huntington Beach Concert Band hosted the event, and welcomed other musicians. The featured performers at the concert were Bob DeSena and his band, which plays Latin jazz.

DeSena won the “Jazz Artist of the Year” at the Los Angeles Music Awards. His winning playing is in the tradition of legendary musicians Cal Tjader and Tito Puente, although the major influence in his career is Roy Ayers, a vibraphonist. A vibraphone is similar to a xylophone—it’s an instrument in the percussion family, and is struck by the musician playing it. It’s often used to create a “tropical” sound. In addition to the vibraphone, DeSena plays the flugelhorn and trumpet.

Antonio Carlos Jobim and Herb Alpert also influenced DeSena, who loved their approach to Latin music. His band performs both Latin numbers and classics, and with DeSena playing with them, the group is lively and entertaining. As a singer, DeSena found inspiration in the great Frank Sinatra and others.

DeSena is also the conductor of the band, and left the podium to play his horn while standing in the middle of the audience. Before the concert started, the audience members were given the opportunity to take dance lessons for free.

Outdoor events like this can be enhanced by colorful banners hung in the venue by the concert organizers.