The brilliant concept of Los Hombres Calientes was no less than essentially tracing the rhythms of the African diaspora from the North American epicenter of New Orleans, throughout the Caribbean, and into South America and its musical Mecca of Brazil. And they did it spectacularly, with exotic melodies and scintillating rhythms sweeping from Congo Square via Cuba, Haiti, Trinidad, and other torrid spots to Bahia. Los Hombres' core has always been Bill Summers, a percussion genius who was once a member of Herbie Hancock's Headhunters, and Irwin Mayfield, who was once an up-and-coming NOLA trumpeter but now is a multi-headed musical juggernaut, including serving as jazz artistic director of the Minnesota Orchestra. Except for a handful of sporadic gigs in the last few months, Los Hombres Calientes haven't performed since before Hurricane Katrina. This hotly anticipated resurrection should suffuse a Minnesota August night with fire and spice. Summers and Mayfield will lead a new and significantly expanded Hombres lineup that will feature New Orleans musicians Aaron Fletcher (sax), Jamal Batiste (drums), Leon Brown (trumpet), Michael Watson (trombone), and Ronald Markham (piano). New York salsa great Ruben Rodriguez will be joining them on bass.
Sat., Aug. 21, 8 p.m., 2010