Tuesdays on the Terrace: Edwin Sanchez and Papo Santiago co-organized with the Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center

  • Anne & John Kern Terrace Garden
    Outer east side of the MCA, accessible via the back gate and the Commons
    220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611


Tonight's event is cancelled due to inclement weather.

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Edwin Sanchez


Summer Tuesdays come alive on the MCA’s Anne and John Kern Terrace Garden with free music highlighting artists from Chicago’s internationally renowned jazz community. This week, renowned Latin jazz pianist Edwin Sanchez shares the stage with local singer and composer Papo Santiago. Santiago has been one of the driving forces in the Chicago salsa scene for decades, both as an instrumentalist and as a world-class sonero.


Papo Santiago has been a driving force in the Chicago salsa scene for decades, both as an instrumentalist and as a world-class sonero. Santiago started his musical journey in his native Puerto Rico, where he was recruited by La Terrífica in the early 1970s to play baritone saxophone. The band’s international acclaim paved the way for Santiago’s incursion into the world of salsa. Santiago moved to Chicago in the 1980s, where he carved a niche for himself and mastered the flute, guitar, and his own vocal improvisational skills. In his improvisations, Santiago combines a street-wise sense of humor with a unique approach to rhythm and swing. Santiago is also the founder and leader of Infraverde, considered by “as one of the more polished and progressive Salsa ensembles in Chicago in recent years.”

Chicago pianist Edwin Sanchez, raised in Humboldt Park, carries on the city's broadminded Latin-jazz aesthetic and blends it with soul and funk. This presentation of Sanchez's most recent, original work is made possible through a partnership between the MCA and Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center in celebration of SRBCC’s fiftieth Anniversary.

Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center is the longest-standing Latino cultural center in Chicago. Its mission is to preserve and promote appreciation of the culture and arts of Puerto Rico and Latin America, with a focus on its African heritage. SRBCC develops multidisciplinary programs focusing on youth through dance, music, theater, and visual arts. SRBCC is currently engaged in a multiyear partnership with the MCA.


WDCB 90.9 is the official media sponsor of Tuesdays on the Terrace. Tuesdays on the Terrace is made possible in part by a generous gift from Luminarts Cultural Foundation, supported by Cherilyn Murer.