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Park Plaza/Park Palace

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3 W 110th Street, Bronx

Percussionist Benny Bonilla has played with many musicians in the Latin music and jazz fields, but he is most known for his role as timbalero in Pete Rodriguez's Latin bugalu band with its major hit, "I Like It Like That." Here he relates his first time attending a concert at the Park Plaza as a young man of 15 years of age. He meets members of Machito's Afro-Cubans, as well as noted promoter, Federico Pagani.

Credits: Interview of Benny Bonilla conducted by Elena Martinez and Bobby Sanabria, August 26, 2006. Photo from the Manny Jimenez collection, courtesy of David Carp. (1:35)