Welcome to Tutuma Social Club!
NYC’s only presenter and promoter of live Afro Peruvian music, culture and food. Our partnership with Raymi only solidifies the fact that Tutuma has the best in Peruvian cuisine, service and music. Our new home at 43 West 24th Street, will showcase the best bands that Perú and Latin America have to offer. Check our events page or call 212 929-1200 for reservations to upcoming shows.
Tutuma Social Club – A history….
In May of 2009, opened a tiny restaurant and jazz club with lots of heart on 56 Street and 3rd Avenue in Manhattan. For 3 years, they provided New Yorkers with outstanding Peruvian food and music. The first and only Afro Peruvian Jazz venue in NYC. It grew to have many fans and followers, not only of the music, food and drinks, but in the friendly faces of the Tutuma Family. The roster of musicians and employees now call many of those people our friends.
When New Yorker Santina Bari went to Perú for a visit in 2008, she liked the country so much so that she decided to bring it back with her. In Lima, the coastal capital, the lively social clubs known as peña had a warm community spirit that she found both embracing and captivating. These clubs featured live music of particular sophistication and rhythm, a distinctive sound known as Afro-Peruvian jazz.
The food blew her away, too. Some of the more memorable flavors came from upscale dishes prepared by chefs who had merged aspects of Perú’s fabled culinary repertoire with contemporary elements learned in the food capitals of the world.
She toured Perú as part of a private group led by Gabriel Alegría, a New York City-based jazz trumpeter. Alegría is of Peruvian descent and is known as one of the world’s foremost players and composers of Afro-Peruvian jazz. He took the group to the clubs he played. Bari had an intuitive feeling that other Manhattanites would welcome both the exiting food and the atmosphere, and Alegría said that if she was serious, he would sign on to help make it into a club where he could book, and play with, some of the world’s most achieved musicians. Tutuma Social Club was born.
It would be fair to say that the need to entertain guests with food was in Santina’s bloodstream. Her father, Joseph Bari, is a restaurateur, founding and running the legendary Ray Bari Pizza restaurants. In the early 1970’s, Santina’s parents sometimes worked 17-hour days, so she literally grew up “pouring sodas at age six. I begged them to let me work. I couldn’t reach the counter so they gave me a little stool to stand on so I could see the customers.”
Joseph Bari also taught his daughter “not to take No for an answer and not to give up.” Her life changed completely when she was diagnosed with Non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at the end of 2011. It was shocking news that she didn’t share with her customers until early 2012. After chemo and radiation, she had announced that she was closing Tutuma Social Club’s doors. “It was one of the hardest decisions I ever had to make but I needed to choose between my health and my business. I knew I couldn’t focus on both properly so I had to give one up.” To her great joy, the support from Tutuma’s fan base was overwhelming. What is not surprising is that in December of 2012, Santina created her first “Tutuma Pop-up” and Tutuma’s rebirth took place. After about a year of hosting the pop ups, she meet up with Raymi Peruvian Restaurant. She found out that they had nothing planned for Peruvian Independence day, the biggest celebration for Peruvians, and decided that was unacceptable. “I told them, I will bring you 100 people here on the 28th of July for an event.” After a few conversations with owner, Roger Torres agreed and sure enough, 100 people walked through the doors of Raymi to celebrate Tutuma Style.
In January 2014, after 6 months of parties and events with Raymi, Santina and Tutuma were officially asked to join the Raymi family on a permanent basis. Santina became the new general manager and Tutuma Social Club has a permanent residence at Raymi where you can experience the live music and culture that Tutuma is known for and the delicious food and drink of Raymi. “This union will help us create the best in Peruvian food, culture and music. I look forward to what the future will bring.”