MAMBO SESSIONS (1940-1960)
Tito Puente, Machito and a parade of Mambo legends swept through the Bay Area and inspired audiences and musicians to new heights. The Macumba club in Chinatown showcased the hot cha-cha-cha and mambos of Cal Tjader and brought together people of all ethnicities . (picture of Pete Escovedo and Tito Puente)
For the sounds of Cal Tjader Live at the Macumba see this video!
1959 Pete Escovedo and his Escovedo Brothers sextet and Benny Velarde Y Su Pachangeros play to packed houses at venues like Copacabana in North Beach and Sands Ballroom in Oakland.