July 18, August 22, September 19
The Rio Bamba sound is a unique blend of bossa nova, samba, American jazz and Latin jazz, played by world-class musicians. The group moves easily from classic and swinging jazz, vocal, or instrumental to a Brazilian samba that brings everyone to the dance floor!
Reginald T. McCants
June 20 and all Jazzin’ dates July, August, September and October
Chicago-born keyboardist Reginald T. McCants’ performances are exhilarating, uplifting and forever entertaining. He's performed at many major venues throughout Chicago and his jazzy interpretations of contemporary jazz, R&B, original and popular songs will have you yearning for more.
Martin Metzger Flamenco Trio
For his flamenco ensemble, Martin Metzger has drawn on some of the most experienced and dedicated flamenco talents in Chicago. Martin Metzger is a versatile guitarist who travels to Spain every year to study flamenco. He also teaches and owns a music studio in Evanston. Marina Claudio studies flamenco dance and singing in Chicago and Spain. Marfil Keller studies flamenco dance in Chicago and her home town in Spain.
Carlos Adames Quartet
September 5, September 19
The Milwaukee-based Carlos Adames Quartet follows in the footsteps of great Latin jazz innovators, combining elements of traditional and modern Latin rhythms with dynamic jazz harmonies to create an exciting new sound. Panamanian-born percussionist Carlos Adames leads the group, drawing from his encyclopedic knowledge of the rhythms of the world for his compositions and performances.
Salsa del Norte
Salsa del Norte pushes the boundaries of Latin American musical traditions, covering and fusing everything from salsa and Latin jazz to mambo, cha, cumbia, merengue, reggaeton, bachata and other traditional styles from Cuba, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica and Colombia to celebrate the diverse cultures that have contributed to this vibrant genre of music.
Johnny Blas & his Afro-Libre Orquestra
September 5, October 3
Hard-hitting conguero Johnny Blas has performed and recorded in the world of jazz and Latin music for more than 25 years. Johnny and his band put on a fierce show with swing, energy and heat that could melt asphalt. Influenced by the music of Mongo Santamaria, Ray Barretto, Armando Peraza, Dizzie Gillespie, Charlie Parker and David Sandborn, the band exhibits a sound that is stylish and funky, an infusion of Latin funk and jazz with an Afro-Caribbean groove.
Grupo Cha Cha
The lovely ladies of Latin jazz fill the air with tropical sounds of Cuba, Puerto Rico and Brazil that delight the ears and get you up to dance! There’s always enthusiastic audience response at their live festival and club shows. Their two CDs, Direcciones and This is The Life, received glowing reviews and can be heard on NPR and CBC stations throughout North America and on internet stations from South America to Europe.
John Rodriguez’s Latin Inspiration has an extensive career performing original modern Latin jazz, salsa, Afro-Cuban and Puerto Rican bomba/plena throughout Chicago. They have performed at the Chicago Jazz Festival, Boricua Festival, Cuban Fest, the Chicago Summer Dance and Logan Square Art Festival, among others. They provide authentic live music in a broad range of styles perfect for listening or dancing.
Son Monarcas is a Latin folk fusion ensemble led by Mercedes Inez Martinez and Irekani Ferreyra. Like the monarch butterfly, they take you on a musical migration from the USA to Latin America by fusing indie soul with traditional son and cumbia. The Son Monarcas musicians are well-versed in the Afro-Mestizo genres of folk music from Latin America and their original compositions include influences of cumbia, samba, jazz and experimental music in English and Spanish.
Led by Grammy-nominated percussionist Danny Howard, Contrabanda is one of Chicago's hottest Latin ensembles. Playing everything from Latin boogaloo and Brazilian jazz to Latin jazz and salsa, they provide a great night's entertainment.