The lights go down, the band strikes the opening notes of the first song and for the next two hours Yolanda Duke mesmerizes the crowd with her mastery of Latin jazz, Merengue, Ballads, Bossanova, Salsa and Bolero.
While that is a very real scenario today, it was but a recurring dream for young Yolanda growing up in New York City. She was the gifted little girl with the big voice, who––after taking singing lessons––began to take command of her talent and gain confidence in her ability to entertain.
In her early teens she entered singing contests and eventually won a local competition. Soon after she began her singing career, performing in local clubs in NYC and Toronto. This lead to her being booked as the headliner of a Vegas-style show at the number-one showplace in the Caribbean, La Fuente Nightclub, at the prestigious Hotel Jaragua, where she refined her performing skills and stage presence, beginning her transformation into ‘La Duke.’ She followed the success of that appearance by recording a hit tropical album for RMM/SONY Music.
Yolanda then recorded a tribute to the famous Latin songstress La Lupe, who gained international fame performing with the Tito Puente Orchestra. A copy of the cd made its way to Tito, who was so impressed that he invited young Yolanda to appear as a guest vocalist at several concerts over the next few years. Then he made her an offer she couldn’t refuse––becoming a permanent singer in the band from 1994 -97, thrilling audiences all over the world. La Duke had the privilege of sharing stage with the likes of Ray Charles, BB King, Arturo Sandoval, Dianne Reeves and Al Jarreau.
As her fans will attest, what sets Yolanda apart is that she doesn’t just interpret a song, she takes it and makes it her own. Her voice is a wondrous instrument that yells with exuberance, cries with soul and whispers with intimacy. In the course of one song, she can inspire your mind, touch your heart and move your feet like no other singer.
Today, Yolanda carries on Tito’s legacy, performing in venues around the world with the Tito Puente Latin Jazz Orchestra. She continues her prolific recording career as well, recently producing a new Big Band recording of standards.
The little songbird might be all grown up, but deep inside she is still a young girl singing her heart out for the entire world to hear.
YOLANDA DUKE Discography:
La Luna. Produced by Johnny Ventura: Merengue, Ballad and Bossanova
Soy Una Fiera. Produced by Chery Jiménez and Manuel Tejada: Merengue, Salsa, Bachata and Ballad
Nostalgias de La Lupe. Produced by Sergio George: Bolero
Recordando a Selena. Salsa
Cubismo, Live at the Gavilla Theater in Zagreb. Salsa
Dejame Vivir, duet with Raulin Rodríguez, Bachata
Amigo. Duets with Fernando Villalona, Merengue, tipico
Experiencias. Produced by Isidro Infante & Nelson Hernandez: Salsa
Live Around The World: Salsa, Bolero
Many Moods, Yolanda Duke with The Tito Puente Orchestra: Big Band Latin Jazz, Swing, Bolero and Salsa
Concert Appearances
USA: 36 states, over 76 cities
16 European Countries, over 54 cities;
5 Countries of Asia;
4 cities of Australia and New Zealand;
5 countries of South and Central America;
5 Caribbean countries.
2 countries of Africa
And 2 cities in Canada.
Television Appearances. Among them:
Jerry Lewis Telethon (USA) , BET on Jazz (USA), Christmas Special, Telemundo (USA)
Sabado Gigante, Univision (USA), Domenica, from BAM USA, RAI Italy (USA)
Las noches con Freddy (RD), Divertido con Jochy (RD)
Panama Telethon (Panama)
Honduras Telethon (Honduras)
Buenos Aires, HBO Argentina (Arg)
ShowTV, Lima, Peru.
Zagreb TV, (Croatia)
Thesaloniki Jazz, HBO Greece (Greece)
Umbria Jazz, RAI TV(Italy)
San Sebastian Jazz, TV Española (Spain)
Marciac Jazz, France Sud 3 (France)
Joy Of Jazz, Morning Live, SABC 2 (South Africa)
Tanja Latina, Generations 2M TV (Morocco)

I've Got You Under My Skin
Under My Skin (Swing Rumba) This tasty gem of a tune hearkens back to the days when the clubs were sophisticated and so was the music. The horns and strings, lends just the right setting for La Duke’s sensual, heartfelt vocal.



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Blue Moon
Blue Moon (Cha Cha) The beat, the horns, the vocal and the tenor sax solo by Mitch Fruhman create an irresistible rendition of this revered classic



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“Many Moods”

YOLANDA DUKE
accompanied by
THE TITO PUENTE ORCHESTRA

Amigos Music is pleased to announce the release of Yolanda Duke’s Many Moods, her newest––and most ambitious––CD. The album is the culmination of a long-standing dream that Yolanda shared with her dearly-departed godfather and mentor King of Latin Music Tito Puente––putting her personal touch on American standards and Latin favorites in a Big Band setting. This is the first Tito Puente’s Orchestra recording since Tito left us.
Producers Jose Madera and Johnny Rodriguez worked with La Duke to handpick this vibrant collection of popular songs, including I’ve Got You Under My Skin, Blue Moon, Misty, Muchos Besos and a medley of Myrta Silva’s tunes. She duets with popular salsero Jose Alberto ‘El Canario’ on La Peleona, which was first made famous by Machito and Graciela over 30 years ago.
Over 30 musicians contributed their talents to Many Moods, including most of her bandmates from the Tito Puente Orchestra. The production was comprised of piano, bass, timbales, congas, bongos Drums, four trumpets, four trombones, five saxophones, four flutes, fourteen violins and backup singers, bringing alive the custom arrangements created by Madera, Ray Santos, Marty Sheller and other arrangers to enhance Yolanda’s very personal interpretations of these classics.
The flavorings of Latin jazz, Swing, Bolero, Guaguanco, Salsa and Guaracha throughout the cd give La Duke the perfect musical stage to showcase her considerable range and unique ability to breathe new life into these timeless songs. Depending on which song you are listening to, you will be inspired to dance, sing along, mix yourself another drink….or all three.
The cd was recorded, mixed and mastered by Grammy award-winning engineer Dae Bennett and Jose Madera with the collaboration of Travis Stefl, at Bennett Studios in Englewood, NJ. It is lovingly dedicated to the memory of Tito Puente, Mario Rivera, Bobby Rodriguez and Ralphy Barbosa … … and there’s no doubt they would be very proud of their good friend, La Duke.

“MANY MOODS”

1-What Is This Thing Called Love? (2:55)
?Author: Cole Porter. Arr. by: Jose Madera
2-I’ve Got You Under My Skin. (5:27)
? Author: Cole Porter . Arr. by: Luis Perico Ortiz
3-La Peleona. Duet with Jose Alberto “El Canario”(5:31)
?Author: Marcelino Guerra. Arr. by: Jose Madera
4-Myrta Silva’s Medley. (6:38) ?Author: Myrta Silva. Arr. by: Ray Santos
a) Tengo que acostumbrarme.
b) Tu no sabes nada.
c) Fin de un amor.
5-They Can’t Take That Away From Me. (4:17)
? Author: Ira Gershwin, George Gershwin, Arr. By: Oscar Hernandez
6-Oh God! I Love You. (5:28)
?Author: Domenico Modugno. Arr. by: Jose Madera
7-Misty. (3:10)
? Author: Errol Garner, Johnny Burke. Arr. by: Jose Madera
8-Muchos Besos. (3:20)
?Author: Rafael Hernandez. Arr. by: Jose Madera
9-Blue Moon. (3:00)
? Author: Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers. Arr. by: Gilbert Lopez
10-The Hungry Years. (5:03)
? Author: Neil Sedaka, Howard Greenfield. Arr.: By: Marty Sheller
11-Until You Come Back To Me. (3:52)
?Author: Stevie Wonder, M. Broadnax, C. Paul. Arr. by: Jose Madera
12-That Old Magic. (4:15)
?Author: Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer. Arr. by: Jose Madera

YOLANDA DUKE ?accompanied by ?THE TITO PUENTE ORCHESTRA

SPECIAL GUEST ARTIST
JOSE ALBERTO “EL CANARIO”

Executive Producer………………..Andy Grullon & Erubey Munoz
Produced by ……………………….Jose Madera & Johnny Rodriguez
Musical Director and Chief Arranger….Jose Madera

TITO PUENTE ORCHESTRA
Sonny Bravo………………………………Piano
Champian Fulton(Guest Artist)….…….. Piano ?(Misty, I’ve got you under my skin)
Gerry Madera……………………………..Bass
Willie -Cuch Be Wictha- Martinez
(Guest Artist).……………………………..Drums
Jose Madera…………………..………….Timbales
John Rodriguez, Percussion Director....Bongo, Bell, Guiro
George Delgado………………………….Conga
Mitch Frohman…………………………...Tenor Sax, Flute
Bobby Porcelli…………………………….Alto Sax, Flute
Pete Miranda……………………………..Baritone Sax
Todd Bashore…………………………….Tenor Sax, Flute
Pete Brainin……………………………….Tenor Sax, Flute
John Walsh……………………………….Trumpet
Richard Viruet…………………………….Trumpet
Pete Nater……………………………… Trumpet
Kevin Bryan……………………………….Trumpet
Reynaldo Jorge………………………….Tbone
Noah Bless ………………………………TBone
Lewis Kahn……………………………….Tbone
Sam Burtis………………………………..Tbone

All strings orchestration by Jose Madera

Strings: Robert Chauson, Antoine Silverman, Paul Peabody, ?Juliet Haffner (special thanks), Belinda Whitney, Anga Wood, Lanny Payking

Background Vocals: Franky Vazquez, Claudette Sierra, Marco Bermudez, ?Cita Rodríguez, Jennifer Martinez

SOLOS
Misty…Trombone solo Sam Burtis
Old Magic… Alto Sax solo Bobby Porcelli
Hungry Years… Alto Sax solo Bobby Porcelli
They can’t take that away from me …. Flute solo Bobby Porcelli…
I’ve got you under my skin..Quinto Conga solo Georgy Delgado
Till you come back to me… Flute solo Mitch Frohman
Blue Moon…Tenor Sax solo Mitch Frohman
What is this thing called love … …Trumpet solo John Walsh

Recorded at Bennett Studios Englewood, New Jersey
Mixing by Dae Bennett, Jose Madera and Travis Stefl
Mastering by Dae Bennett at Bennett Studios





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