February 28 and October 26, 2013, Miami Florida
Carnaval Miami is a spectacular festival of entertainment, food, and art along 8'th Street in Little Havana near downtown Miami.
Left: Ed Calle, King of Carnaval 2013 Lorena Placencia Miss Carnaval 2013
Also known as Calle Ocho, Carnaval Miami is one of the largest in the world, and is expected to have another banner year next Sunday, March 10th 2013, with well over a million people from all around South Florida, the nation and the world attending to see some of the biggest stars in Latin Music performing at several stages throughout Little Havana.
Every year the Kiwanis Club of Little Havana selects the King or Queen of Carnaval from the music industries most influential people.
Past Kings & Queens have included Jose Feliciano, Jon Secada, Arturo Sandoval, Pitbull, Gloria Estafan, and Celia Cruz along with an incredible array of other superstar performers.
Kiwanis Club President Henry Jimenez announced that Carnaval Miami is honoring Dr. Eduardo J. Calle, Associate Professor Senior of Music Business and Production at Miami Dade College and Chairman of the Arts and Philosophy Department at North Campus as King of Carnaval 2013.
Left: Henry Jimenez,
President Little Havana Kiwanis Club
¡Viva Conga! caught up with Ed Calle, recently announced King of Carnaval 2013. Ed shared a few thoughts about his music, good food, and Sangria!
Please enjoy our interview with Ed. He even threw us a few exclusive licks on his Sax! Check it out:
Later in the year, we had a chance to meet with Ed again when he played with his long-time friend and mentor Arturo Sandoval. This is a more in-depth interview with Ed that elaborates on hius background and career including his time with Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine when the recorded the mega hit "Conga".
Ed plays the saxophone, flute, clarinet, EWI, keyboards, and vocals. He also composes and arranges music. He is known for Latin and contemporary jazz, and pop. Born in Caracas of Spanish parents, he was a natural player and now, Calle can be heard on hundreds of recordings both as a sideman and soloist.
He appears on Grammy-award-winning albums by Frank Sinatra, Vicky Carr, Arturo Sandoval, and Jon Secada, as well as on numerous television and motion picture soundtracks. He also has recorded and performed around the world with such artists as Gloria Estefan, Julio Iglesias, Michael Bolton, Bob James, Bobby Caldwell, Rihanna, Extreme, and Vanessa Williams.
Among his many solo recordings, “Ed Calle Plays Santana” garnered a Latin Grammy Award nomination in 2005. Another release, “In the Zone” (2006) features original compositions and jazz standards and earned a Latin Grammy nomination in 2007.
Calle is in great demand as a jazz clinician and enjoys working with students. Ed has served as a guest artist and clinician with the Monk Institute and at colleges including Brigham Young University, Temple College, The University of North Florida, The University of Florida, The University of Miami, and West Palm Beach Community College.
Ed is one of the original members of the popular Miami group Palo! He can be seen playing around town on a regular basis.
Carnaval Miami is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Little Havana.
You can visit the official Calle Ocho web site at http://www.carnavalmiami.com.
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Sources: Wikipedia, official Carnaval Miami web site at www.carnavalmiami.com, and the official Carnaval Miami Press Conference 2/28/13.