It was a very different type of Christmas concert when musician Rolando Morales-Matos and his band performed a set of familiar – and some less familiar – holiday tunes and more, with distinct flavors of jazz, Latin music, and even opera.
Guttenberg’s seniors arrived by bus and car to enjoy the virtuoso performance on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017 in the rotunda of Lincoln Harbor in Weehawken. A percussionist and assistant conductor on Broadway with Disney’s “Lion King,” Morales-Matos led a group featuring pianist Allen Farnham, bassist Ruben Rodriguez, and vocalist Brenda Feliciano, along with special unannounced guest Paquito D’Rivera, the winner of fourteen Grammy Awards for his Latin jazz and as a classical composer, on clarinet and saxophone.
The performance was followed by a delicious lunch at Houlihan’s. About 60 seniors attended the holiday concert and meal.