The Romy Posadas Group – Posadas Posadas Posadas

Romy Posadas is considered to be one of the foremost Jazz pianists in the Philippines. It was at the Manhattan Club where Posadas started to learn the rudiments of Jazz. Opened in 1958, the Jazz club was located along Shaw Blvd. where it is believed to have pioneered in the performance of Jazz in Manila as far as club gigs were concerned. His first group who performed at the club were a Latin Jazz quartet composed of piano, bass, drums and congas. They played tunes by Cal Tjader, George Shearing, Eddie Cano and Dave Brubeck who were his influences at the time.

After the Manhattan Jazz club sometime in 1961, Posadas and his group played at the Champagne Room of the Manila Hotel. In 1981 and 1982 he was invited twice to perform at the world-famous Monterey Jazz Festival. Also in 1982 he played at the Tap Room of the Manila Hotel with Menchu Apostol. This was also the year Posadas received the Aliw Awards for best Jazz band and best instrumentalist. The band consisted of his wife on vocals, his son on drums and Roger Herrera Jr. on bass.

After this Posadas played in Hong Kong for 20 years, playing for seven years at the Crown Colony’s Hyatt and another seven years at the Marriott, where he also served as the musical director for all of their hotels. Romy also entertained nightly for seven years at the Hilton in Thailand and for a year at the Intercontinental Hotel in Singapore. In recent years he has returned to the Philippines and is back at the Manila hotel and also the Century park hotel.

This rare album is full of superb versions and also features the lovely vocals of Rita Soriano…

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