“My earliest musical memories go back to when I started out as a drummer at the age of three or four. Of course, I wasn’t about to go out and buy anything at that age, but I was certainly open to receiving music from people in the family.
“And that would reach into the music of Tito Puente. Yes, Tito Puente and the music of Art Blakey, his Afro-Cuban explorations with the Jazz Messengers augmented by people like Ray Barretto.
“Most of the records that I was given were in the vein of Latin American music, salsa, Afro-Cuban jazz and that sort of thing. I had hundreds of albums of that kind of music when I was young.”
Jazz guitar pioneer Tisziji Munoz leads his high-octane quartet – featuring keyboardist John Medeski, drummer Bob Ra-Kalam Moses and bassist Don Pate – into Club Helsinki in Hudson at 8pm on Sunday. Tix are $18.