The legendary percussionist Bill Summers had come up to the Cutting Edge conference, and had asked me to come to his Los Hombres Calientes gig at Irvin Mayfield’s new I Club at the J. W. Marriott Hotel on Canal Street. I did, and was absolutely amazed. I had not understood a few years back when I first heard about the group why New Orleans musicians would have formed a Latin jazz group, but Los Hombres Calientes demonstrate on their gigs the relationship between Cuban and New Orleans musics. By the time they ended their set with “Hey Pocky Way” and “Shoo Fly Don’t Bother Me”, the similarities of the two genres were obvious to everyone in the room. They are masterful performers. 

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