Friday, December 19th, 2008 - 8pm to Midnight

Antonia's By The Park Presents:


Antonia’s Holiday Party featuring the music of


The Raphael Cruz Quintet


Join us this Friday December 19th at 8pm till midnight for Antonia’s Annual Holiday Party for an extraordinary evening of Afro-Cuban Jazz, dancing and great food!


Raphael Cruz's music can best be described as smooth Afro-Cuban Jazz with blends of Brazilian music, powerful drums, beautiful melodies and extraordinary solos.  Raphael Cruz is a musician’s musician.  As one of the first-call percussionists on the New York music scene, he has played with literally hundreds of the great stars of Latin, Jazz, Pop, Rock and R&B music.  Originally from Santo Domingo, he has honed his skills with such greats as Paquito D'Rivera, Tata Guines, Herbie Mann, Claudio Roditi and George Benson, among others.  Raphael Cruz's CDs include: Hand Made, Bebop Timba (nominated for a 2005 Grammy in the Best Latin Jazz Album category) and his latest magical offering Time Travel.


The musicians are:

Raphael Cruz - percussion

Julio Salgado - vocals          

Eddie Martinez - piano

Willie Martinez - timbales

Ariel De La Portilla - bass


Owner Antonia Vene brings her international talents to bear in this local favorite restaurant, located in North Bergen, NJ on Palisades Avenue. They offer fine regional Italian Cuisine in a beautifully elegant setting.


Antonia's By The Park

9011 Palisade Ave.

North Bergen, NJ 07047


For Reservations Call:  (201) 868-0750


Date: Friday, December 19th, 2008

Time: 8pm to Midnight


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