The NSU Jazz Orchestra will close the 2021-22 school year with the concert on April 12


The NSU Jazz Orchestra

The Northwestern State University Jazz Orchestra will perform Tuesday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m. at Magale Recital Hall. Admission is free and open to the public. Those present are asked to wear a mask, but it is not compulsory. A livestream will be available at

The concert’s special guest is drummer/percussionist Victor Rendon, a highly respected educator, author and veteran of the New York Latin music scene. The Jazz Orchestra will perform several compositions by Rendon.

On the program, “Mambo Boulevard” by Joe Mannozzi with Juan Arrietta on trumpet, Mario Orellana and David Berrocal Barrios on piano and Hendy Pineda on timpani, “Nueces River” by Rendon and arranged by Mannozzi with Daniel Scott on flute, Taylor Pettus on alto saxophone and Barrios, “Chega de Saudade” by Antonio Carlos Jobim and arranged by Mark Taylor with singer Virginia Tudor and Pettus, “When I Fall in Love” by Victor Young and Edward Heyman and arranged by Dave Wolpe with Tudor, and “Europa” by Carlos Santana and Tom Coster with Chakota Clinton and Scott on tenor saxophone.

The Jazz Orchestra will play three other compositions by Rendon, “Chale” with Clinton and Angel Andres M. Murillo on timpani, “Biwa Lake” with Scott and Mannozzi’s arrangement of “El Chocante: with Clinton, Ivan L. Camargo on trumpet and Jonathan Chaparro Romero on bass The concert ends with “Mami Me Gusyto” by Arsenio Rodriguez and arranged by Mannozzi with Douglas Flores on vocals and Barrios and Romero on coro.

Rendon studied extensively for many years with Jimmy Ramirez, Dr. Rosemary Small, Louie Bauzo, John Almendra, “Little” Ray Romero, Frankie Malabe, Mike Collazo Sr., Pablo Rosario, Changuito, Roberto Borrell, John Amira, Morris” Arnie” Lang, as well as jazz drummers Paul Guerrero, Henry Okstel and Charli Persip, among others. He has worked as an accompanist with Mongo Santamaria, Chico O’Farrill, Carlos “Patato” Valdés, Ray Santos Orchestra, Grupo Caribe, Latin Jazz Coalition, The “New” Xavier Cugat Orchestra, Grupo Latin Vibe, Los Mas Valientes, Rudy Calzado and many others.

As a writer/transcriber, his work has appeared in Modern Drummer, Percussive Notes, LP Newsletter, Music in Motion Films, DCI Music Video, Drum! Magazine and Warner Bros. Publications. He is the author of “The Art of Playing Timbales” distributed by Alfred Publishing. For several years, Victor also published his own biannual magazine, Latin Percussionist. Rendón, who holds a bachelor’s degree in music from the University of North Texas and a master’s degree in education from Hunter College, has had a long career teaching instrumental music and Latin percussion in public schools in New York.

Formerly co-leader of the Rodríguez/Rendón Latin Jazz Orchestra, he now leads the Bronx Conexión Latin Jazz Big Band and the percussion group: Co-Tim-Bó. Currently, he teaches and directs the Percussion Ensemble as well as the Latin-Jazz Ensemble at Lehman College in the Bronx. A successful clinician, he leads Latin percussion workshops.

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Henry R. Wright