In the 1940s, two styles of music—Afro-Cuban jazz and bebop—commingled to create a cross-cultural feast of intoxicating rhythms and virtuoso performances. The fusion of Latin rhythms with jazz improvisation broke new musical ground as such Afro-Cuban stars as Machito, Mario Bauzá and Chano Pozo collaborated with the jazz stars of the day, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker and Stan Kenton.

This show celebrates those exciting historic meetings as well as its aftermath highlighted by Afro-Cuban pioneer Machito's Orchestra and salsa maestro Tito Puente's music. The lineup features a cast of Latin jazz all-stars, including two of the original pioneers of the music, trumpet pioneer "Chocolate" and timbalero Orestes Vilato.

Also featured on the program are GRAMMY winning trumpet star Arturo Sandoval, Latin jazz flutists Nestor Torres and GRAMMY winner Dave Valentin, GRAMMY nominated percussionist Sammy Figueroa, the Machito Orchestra, and two time Latin GRAMMY award winner Albita. Additional guest artists to be announced. This show is dedicated to the memory of Israel "Cachao" Lopez.