Join us this summer in Boston Parks for live salsa music and dance.
Created in honor of Latin music icon Tito Puente, this series celebrates 15 years of bringing live Latin music with a strong salsa influence to Boston parks. The series is sponsored in part by:
Free salsa lessons are led by MetaMovements.
Puerto Rican saxophonist, composer, arranger, and flow artist Jonathan Suazo received his bachelor’s degree in jazz and Caribbean music at the Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico, and his Masters Degree in Contemporary Performance at Berklee College of Music (Global Jazz Institute). He's received the Berklee Urban Service Award for using the arts to support humanitarianism during the Hurricane Maria crisis in Puerto Rico. He's a 2023 Winter South Arts Jazz Road Artist and has been taught by renowned musicians: David Sanchez, Terri Lyne Carrington, Marco Pignataro, John Patitucci, Danilo Pérez, George Garzone, and Joe Lovano.
Jonathan has also performed in venues such as Dizzy's Club Coca Cola NY, Martinique Jazz Fest, DR Jazz Festival, Puerto Rico Heineken Jazz Fest, SF JAZZ, Elephant Room Austin TX, SXSW 2023, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, The MFA Boston, The BPC, and many more. He's collaborated with artists such as: Paoli Mejías, ILe, Miguel Zenón, Emil "El Hijo de Borikén" Martínez, David Sánchez, Kevin Harris, Rakalam Bob Moses, Giovanni Hidalgo, Christian Nieves, Ricky Rodriguez, Tito Matos, Ricardo Pons, Calma Carmona, William Cepeda, Jon Secada, Pedro Capó, Obie Bermudez, Hans Glawischnig, Humberto Ramirez, Silverio Perez, Tony Escapa, Charlie Sepúlveda, and many others.
Jonathan is part of the stellar artist roster at Ropeadope Records with whom he’ll be releasing his new Ricano album in August 2023. This is also a year that will bring many educational visits and pre album release performances led by Suazo throughout Puerto Rico, the eastern U.S., and the Dominican Republic. See full schedule. Suazo has independently released three previous albums: “Extracts of a Desire” 2013, “Vital” 2014 and “Memorias Vivas” 2022. His current project, RICANO, highlights traditional rhythms from his Puerto Rican/Dominican roots and ancestry within a cross-cultural fusion container of his many musical influences. He’s also co-leader of the free improv/experimental group, the No Base Trio, which has two albums out with Italian label setola di maiale.