Danzón: It Smells Good In Any Language

By Leonardo Rosen

If you are fan of classic jazz, you will recognize the name Sidney Bechet. This all-time great with his trademark soprano saxophone started his musical career in New Orleans and finished it in Paris, France, where he was adored. Perhaps his most famous composition is Petite Fleur (Little Flower). What does this have to do with the danzón? An all-time great of the danzón, the saxophonist and bandleader, Mariano Mercerón, started his career in Cuba and finished it in Mexico, where he, too, was adored. He was an important figure in a hybrid musical form that mixed the danzón with the chachachá. Not surprisingly, this is known as danzón-chá. One of his most famous compositions is not entirely original. It is called Florecita (Little Flower). You guessed it! Mercerón took Bechet’s tune and used it to compose one of the most famous danzón-chás. I am a forever fan of both of these masters. In fact, the name of our club, “Mercerina,” is a combination of Mercerón and another danzón deity, Acerina.

El Danzón y Otros Ritmos Bailables
with Club de Danzón Mecerina
Orquesta Marimba Tono 13 live
Sun, Feb 8, 1pm-3pm and 5pm-7pm
Parque Juárez
Admission is free

Speaking of little flowers, when you read this, we will already have performed on Sunday, February 1, in the famous and beautiful Feria de la Candelaria. Fortunately, we again present El Danzón y Otros Ritmos Bailables with Club de Danzón Mecerina on Sunday, February 8. As on the previous Sunday, live music is provided by the versatile and jumping Orquesta Marimba Tono 13. You can dance or observe, as you wish. You’ll find us in the Parque Juárez with two shows, 1-3pm and 5-7pm. Admission is free. Of course, we hope you buy some of the beautiful plants and flowers that are exhibited throughout the park. It’s a “don’t miss”! Pefume de gardenias tiene tu boca


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