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PRDream mourns the passing of Little Ray Romero

Sunday, November 1st, 2009
August 20, 2006
2:00 pm

Little Ray Romero:
Master Rumbero
June 18, 1923 – August 16, 2006

A percussionists’ percussionist, this master rumbero lived a life of music spanning more than six decades. Born Hernan Romero in Ponce, Puerto Rico on June 18, 1923, Little Ray played with legendary bandleaders and musicians in both the Latin music and American music scene. His percussion solos have become standard rhythmic patterns for young percussionists today. Little Ray passed away peacefully in Florida surrounded by his family on Wednesday, August 16, 2006 at 10 p.m.

Kicking off his career in the late 30s with Puerto Rico’s leading songstress, Ruth Fernandez, Little Ray began playing bongos before picking up the congas. His conga playing was influenced by Chano Pozo whom he met while Chano was performing with Dizzy Gillespie. During the 40s, Little Ray performed with the legendary Xavier Cugat Ochestra before joining the U.S. Army. After his army tour, he played with Noro Morales, Joe Locco, Jose Curbelo, and Miguelito Valdes. By the 50s, he was performing in Puerto Rico and composed part of the percussion section for Cortijo y su Combo when the great Puerto Rican percussionist Rafael Cortijo organized his first band in the early ‘50s.

He went on to become an essential part of the legendary percussion section organized and fronted by Tito Rodríguez. However, he was noticed by Eartha Kitt and recruited to play with her orchestra from 1952 to 1956.

Little Ray Romero went on to back up Sammy Davis, Jr. and Dean Martin. By the late 60s and early 70s, Little Ray could be heard with the orchestras of Eddie Palmieri (on the Live in Sing Sing recording), Frankie Dante and Orchesta Flamboyan, Ray Baretto (on the Lps: Indestructible, Guarare, The Other Road, & Baretto Live Tomorrow where he plays the bata drums), and Machito just to name a few.

The 80s saw Little Ray give back to the younger generation through education. He taught at the Drummer’s Collective, the Johnny Colon Music School and Boy’s & Girls Harbor Conservatory for the performing Arts.

An exemplary family man, a good musician and a great percussionist are the three things Little Ray Romero embraced in his long road through life.

He was the recipient of the first Living Legends tribute at The Point CDC in the Bronx under the direction of Angel Rodriguez in New York in 1997. On Thursday, October 2nd, 2003 the community in East Harlem that saw Little Ray grow up honored him with a tribute at the Julia de Burgos Cultural Center that was formerly P.S. 107 where Ray went to elementary school. Ray Barretto, Rene Lopez, Jimmy Delgado and many others were present. Little Ray was presented with a proclamation from the City of New York that recognized the many important contributions made to the cultural soul of this nation through the music of Little Ray Romero.

Ray Romero is survived by his wife Lucia Romero, his sister Irma Rosen, his four children Stephanie Soffi, Elaine Romero, Little Ray Romero, Jr., and Isabel Santiago, eight grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

He will be flown to New York to be viewed in the neighborhood where he was raised in East Harlem known as El Barrio on Sunday, August 20, 2006 at the Ortiz Funeral Home, 141 East 103rd Street
Between Lex. and Park Ave. 212-876-1913 from 2 to 10 p.m.

Elaine Romero who was with her father and prepared him for the transition has asked all who knew Ray to bring the gift of music and that in lieu of flowers, donations to defray the cost of the funeral should be sent to:

Lucia Romero
35 East 10th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11218

Aurora Flores

Little Ray Romero

THE BORINQUENEERS – Theatrical World Premiere

Sunday, November 1st, 2009
July 13, 2007
6:00 pm

The Borinqueneers

Friday, July 13, 6PM – 9:30PM

Newark Museum
49 Washington Street
Newark, NJ.

Reception and Q&A Session with the film’s producer Ms. Noemi Figueroa Soulet

This event is a fund-raiser for the New Jersey Hispanic Research and information Center (NJHRIC) at the Newark Public Library.

The Borinqueneers chronicles the story of the all-Puerto Rican 65th Infantry Regiment, the only Hispanic segregated unit in U.S. Army history. Using rare archival footage and intimate interviews, this film explores the exploits andpainful tribulations of these now-forgotten veterans. Risking their lives to further the cause of democracy, these soldiers from the U.S. colony of Puerto Rico, were drafted but were not afforded full citizenship rights. Many served and died valiantly. During the Korean War they would face their toughest challenge,.

ADMISSION IS FREE, BUT PLEASE NOTE THAT SEATING IS VERY LIMITED AND REQUIRES PRIOR RESERVATIONS.

To RSVP call Newark Museum at call (973) 596-6550 or email arquelio.1.fraticelli@verizon.com.
For more information, including directions to Newark Museum, visit www.newarkmuseum.org.
The museum is easily accessible from New York City.
It is 3 blocks from the NJ Path Station – Broad Street Station.

We hope you will be able to join us for a well-deserved and long-overdue recognition of the Puerto Rican 65th Regiment.

Visit www.borinqueneers.com!

El Pozo Productions
P.O. Box 302
Crompond, NY 10517
(914) 739-3989
contact@borinqueneers.com
www.borinqueneers.com

The Borinqueneers – NJN Premiere

Sunday, November 1st, 2009
August 6, 2007
8:00 pm

The Borinqueneers
NJN Premiere
Monday, August 6, 8:00 PM
Encore presentation at 9:30 PM

The Borinqueneers chronicles the never-before-told story of the Puerto Rican 65th Infantry Regiment, the only all-Hispanic unit in US Army history. Through compelling interviews and rare archival footage, this film explores the unique existence of the 65th, culminating in the Korean War and the dramatic events that would threaten its very existence.

www.njn.com

A One of a Kind Event – LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

Sunday, November 1st, 2009
July 1, 2008
8:30 am

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What: Organizations are grooming their Hispanic executives for leadership at the most senior levels. In many cases however, middle management executives are often left on their own to develop their careers and leadership skills. Leadership extends beyond the corporate world and the decisions they make in the future will have an impact on the Latino community as a whole. Enlightened Latino Leaders will transform the Hispanic community, but the education of those leaders is the key to their progress and development.

This one day conference will showcase the leadership styles, methods, and practices of Latino leaders active in today’s business environment. The key note speakers will cover practical “how-to” advice along with innovative approaches to leadership development. These senior level professionals will cover areas such as foundational skills, navigating through critical business functions, strategy formulation and implementation and personal leadership.

This dynamic gathering of Latino leaders will demonstrate how success is achieved through preparation, determination, mentorship and a quality peer network. The event will be attended by approximately 250 middle management and senior-level Latino professionals, with a focus on the Tri-State region. The 2008 HPNG Latino Leadership Conference in New York City is sponsored in part by, Kaplan University and Martinez Law Group P.C.

Who: Confirmed speakers for the event include:
Robert Rodriguez, Associate Dean of Kaplan University,
Leslie Sanchez, CEO, Impact Group, author Los Republicanos
Robert Abreu, Global Leadership & Diversity, Goldman Sachs & Co.
Marty Secada, Managing Director, Broad & Wall Advisors
Robert Martinez, Diversity & Inclusions, Princeton University
Jenny Alonzo, Co-Founder, Mio.TV
Lt. General Ricard S. Sanchez, United States Army (Ret.)

Where: Yale Club of New York, 50 Vanderbilt Ave
When: Tuesday July 1, 2008
How: Early Bird Special Tickets $225 Register at Event Website

About HPNG: The Hispanic Professionals Networking Group provides opportunities for Hispanic professionals to grow their networks and develop their careers. HPNG hosts networking events and offers professional and personal development workshops in New York and Miami.