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La Plaza; MACHITO: A Latin Jazz Legacy

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La Plaza
MACHITO: A Latin Jazz Legacy
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Premiered January 10, 1979- Officially La Plaza as a separate series title ended after season 28 (2006). It was replaced by the interview series: Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One which premiered in 2007.

Producer Raquel Ortiz anticipates that the bilingual series will serve as a plaza for the entire local Latino community. Ortiz also served as the host during the first season along with guest hosts. The program format varied from week to week, between musical specials, documentaries, in-studio debates, both locally produced and acquired. Spanish language programs were subtitled in English and English language programs were captioned in Spanish.

See January 1979 Prime Time Program Guide for cover story. Series release date: 1/10/1979

Program Description

For audiences around the world, the name of Cuban band leader Frank “Machito" Grillo is synonymous with the best of Latin jazz. Weaving vintage film clips, Hollywood production numbers, studio and street recordings, and reminiscences of such music greats as Tito Puente, Dizzy Gillespie, Dexter Gordon, and Ray Barreto, this program details the tremendous contributions of the famed jazz master Machito.



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Ortiz, Raquel (Series Producer)
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