Since the inception of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, music has been an integral part of our programming, particularly music rooted in the Afro-Cuban, Latin Jazz and Straight-Ahead Jazz traditions, as well as Hip Hop.


Monthly Latin Music Events


Breakdown by Week:

  • Chembo-Corniel Chembo Corniel (Every First Tuesday of the Month)

    Door $10, $7 w/ Student I.D

    If ever there was a musician that has paid his dues and quite possibly cried the blues it would be Conga master and all around percussionist Wilson “Chembo” Corniel. Chembo had the pleasure of working/touring and or recording with artists such as Larry Harlow, Tito Puente, Machito, Celia Cruz, Grady Tate, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Willie Colon, Ray Vega and many more.

  • Bronx Conxión Bronx Conexión (Every Second Tuesday of the Month)

    Door $10, $7 w/ Student I.D

    The Bronx Conexión is a driving 20-piece Latin-Jazz Big Band lead by drummer/ percussionist, Victor Rendón. The ensemble, with its home base at Lehman College, brings a group of veteran musicians with a wide variety of experience in the field. The Bronx Conexión keeps the tradition of Tito Puente, Machito, Mario Bauza, among others, with it’s own rendition of popular tunes as well as original compositions and arrangements by various members in the band.

  • Willie Martinez & La Familia Sextet (Every Third Tuesday of the Month)

    Door $10, $7 w/ Student I.D

Monthly Jazz Events

Rome NealRome Neal presents “Banana Puddin’ Jazz” (Every First Saturday of the Month)

Door $15, $10 w/ Student I.D

Every first Saturday of the month Rome Neal’s Banana Puddin’ Jazz features amazing Jazz bands and vocalists followed by an open mic/jam session for Musicians/Poets/Dancers.

And as always, Mr. Neal’s delicious homemade banana pudding is complimentary for all.