Oquendo's Libre performed recently at SOB's in
New York City.
Oquendo has been playing percussion for over fifty
years; in the 1940's, he played with such prominent
musicians as Juan "El Boy" Torres and
Chano Pozo, and in 1950 he played bongos with
Puente's Orchestra. Manny has also worked
with Tito Rodriguez's orchestra, and with Pupi
Campo, Miguelito Valdes, Johnny Pacheco and Larry
began playing with Eddie
Palmieri's La Perfecta, in 1962. When it disbanded,
he founded and fellow Perfecta bassist, Andy Gonzalez,
founded Libre. Their concept for the new group
was to combine jazz, Afro-Cuban, and alternative
influences with their Latin roots; the result
was a unique sound that has captured audiences
for over twenty-five years.
out backstage and concert photos and listen
to some sound samples from Libre's recent performance.
Oquendo's Libre Sound Samples: