The creation of Latin Jazz (Mario Bauza & Tanga)
The following evening, the bands day off, the band reunited for its weekly rehearsal at 110 Street & 5th Avenue's Park Place Ballroom. Bauza started the rehearsal by urging Verona to play the same "Botellero" piano vamp.
He then sang out what Andino should play along with sounds he wanted from the the reeds and brass sections. The broken scale sounds soon took forms as jazz melody. Bauza began blowing jazz riffs on top of of the melody, then nodded to his alto saxist to ad lib. At the end of two hours, Bauza successfully merged Cuban music with jazz and a new industry came into being.
Dizzy Gillespie, an onlooker, behaved madly... he acted as though he could'nt believe what he had just heard (He wanted to capture that sound and was given that chance four years later when he met Cuban drummer Chano Pozo) Gillespie excitedly asked Bauza what he was going to title the song. Another onlooker remarked that the sound was exiting as "Tanga" (the African word for marijuana) The tune was called Tanga. Afro-Cuban Jazz was copyrighted by Peer International and the new sound of Latinized Jazz joined the family of Cuban rhythms.
There have been several versions of "Tanga" the most memorable one which featured tenor saxist Flip Phillips for Norman Grantz's 1949 recording for the Verve LP "The Jazz Scene". In 1989, Dr Bauza,commisioned Latin Jazz's most revered orchestrator, Arturo " Chico" O'Farrill to expand "Tanga" into four movements, Months later it was performed at a church in Harlem and the raucous standing ovation determined that it would be recorded. Messidor Musik made it possible for music aficionados around the world to enjoy "Tanga", (consider the national anthem of Latin Jazz), now in five movements.
The history of Latin Jazz and this collector's item recording became a reality because one Sunday evening at La Conga Club, in 1943, the alert mind and ears of Dr. Mario Bauza heard a sound. The following day he turned that sound into music when he united Cuban music and North American jazz forever".