Win a pair of free tickets to see the Big 3 Palladium Orchestra at the Barbican 24 Jan!

UK premiere of one of the greatest Latin bands of all – the Big 3 Palladium Orchestra, to coincide with a major BBC Four TV series exploring the incredible story of Latin Music in the USA.

To enter the Cuba50 draw for a pair of free tickets to the concert at the Barbican on Sunday 24 January 2010 answer the following question:

Which of the three original band members was Cuban?

Send your answer by email to with your full name and contact number, by midnight 17 January 2010.

Embodying the spirit of the original Mambo Kings and performing the music of the three legendary bandleaders and composers – Machito, Tito Rodriguez and Tito Puente – who set light to the dance floor of New York's Palladium Ballroom throughout the 1950s.

The UK line-up features original band members – and is fronted by Machito Jr (son of the original Cuban bandleader, Machito AKA Frank Grillo) and Tito Rodriguez Jr (son of the legendary singer).

Joining this scorching ensemble will be the guest soloists, legendary Fania pianist and producer Larry Harlow who studied in Cuba, trombonist Jimmy Bosch and other artists still to be announced.

Don't miss this sizzling journey from the magical Mambo era of the 1940s & 1950s, through the Cha Cha Cha craze to the evolution of the Fania All-Stars' Salsa groove.

'The most brilliant large Latin Jazz ensemble this side of Havana' Chicago Tribune

Plus a pre concert performance from NYC's hottest young new salsa export La Excelencia who combine tight ‘salsa dura' sounds with socially conscious lyricism..

Latin Music USA is broadcast on BBC Four at 9.00pm over four weeks, on Fridays 29th January, 5th, 12th and 19th February 2010. The Big 3 Palladium Orchestra concert will be filmed and broadcast on January 29th after the first part of Latin Music USA.

For details of concert click here