The Story

Led by percussionist Edgardo Cintron, a second-generation Puerto Rican, this Latin jazz band from Moorestown has been a favorite of Jerseyites. Their latest recording is Manteca: Live.

Born on Aug. 28, 1958 in Fort Riley, Kansas, Cintron attributes his musical influences to his father Pablo, who played guitar in the U.S. military band, and also to such icon players as Charlie Parker, Stevie Wonder, Carlos Santana and Tito Puente. By the age of five, Edgardo was studying French horn, guitar and later percussion, all under his father's direction. Moving the family to the East Coast in 1962, the elder Cintron formed his own band, Los Tropicales. By age 12, Edgardo joined the group in the percussion chair and subsequently traveled up and down the coast, playing at hotels and Latin dances and working with such notable musicians as Yomo Toro and Maso Rivera. “We used to wear the ruffled shirts, the red suits and get the people dancing,” he recalls. “We played all the great Latin standards.”

After serving in the Army from 1975-1977, Cintron began studying music again and by 1988 formed his own 12-piece band, the Tiempo Noventa Orchestra. They went on to play numerous jazz festivals and concerts including the Bethlehem Music Festival, Newark Jazz Festival, Clifford Brown Jazz Festival and Cape May Jazz Festival. In 1995, Cintron produced his debut CD with the group entitled, Musica Caliente, which featured saxophonist Mike Pedicin, Jr. and conguero Pablo Batista (Congas). In 1998, he recorded Spanish Eyes with a trio and paid tribute to Thelonious Monk on Straight No Chaser with the Tiempo Noventa Orchestra, both of which were nominated for Grammy Awards.

The Sound

Expect to hear renditions of classics like “Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White,” Mario Bauza’s “Mambo Inn,” Duke Ellington’s “Caravan” and “Take the A Train,” Dizzy’s Gillespie’s Afro-Cuban classic “Manteca,” Celia Cruz’s signature “Quimbara” and Michael Jackson’s “Human Nature” during their exhilarating, clave fueled set at the Exit Zero Jazz Festival. 

When & Where: Cabanas on the Cape May Brewing Company Stage, Friday + Saturday

Michael Kline