In Calle 54 offers a behind the scenes glimpse into the lives of some of the greatest Latin musicians of our time. It is an innovative tapestry of sound and imagery, styles and rhythms that fuses the clave, samba, flamenco, merengue, and other rhythms from Africa, the Iberian peninsula, and the Americas. The film's title takes its name from the Studios located on 54th Street in Manhattan, where the film was shot. They range from Brazilian bombshell keyboardist Eliane Elias and enigmatic Argentine tenor saxophonist Gato Barbieri, to the fiery rumba group Puntilla y Nueva Generacion. The music and musicians of Cuba and Puerto Rico dominate this documentary, and the most touching scene is the emotional father-and-son reunion of Cuban pianists Bebo and Chucho Valdes, who were separated by Fidel Castro's revolution. The film also features the last onscreen appearances by the late composer-arranger Chico O'Farrill and the legendary timbales master Tito Puente.
Michel Camilo, Tito Puente, Arturo O'Farrill, Rolando Guerrero, Joe Gonzales, Jim Seeley, Matt Hilgenberg, Mike Mossman, Joe Owens, Peter Brainin, Mike Migliore, Marshall McDonald, Max Schweiger, Richard Perry, Papo Vasquez, Jack Jeffers, Sam Burtis