On Tuesday, June 5, 2007 jazz club Birdland hosted a benefit for renown musician, Mario Rivera. Mario became ill with cancer and had a hip replacement as a result of this disease. For this event both the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra led by Arturo O'Farrill and the Latin Jazz Giants performed. There were many guest musicians lending their support. Some of the many artists that played were Paquito D'Rivera, Eddie Palmieri, Giovanni Hidalgo, Candido, Papo Vazqouez. Mario Rivera played a solo on soprano sax. The house was sold out for all three sets.
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