Musical genres have long cross-pollinated styles, and Tango Jazz Quartet is a prime example of the enchantment bestowed by cross-cultural mingling. Based in Argentina, the four-piece band mixes its two namesake traditions, as one would hear in their hometown Buenos Aires in the 1940s and ’50s.
In drummer Yissy García’s Bandancha, trumpet and acoustic percussion meet keyboards, bass guitar and turntables for an exhilarating fusion. While the Bandancha sound is rooted in the bandleader’s native Cuba’s indigenous, African and jazz traditions, it expands to R&B, funk and electronic music while held together by dynamic virtuosic performances.
The Bay Area boasts a deep well of Brazilian musical richness, and Sandy Cressman has been one of its heralded practitioners and advocates. For over 20 years, the composer and vocalist explored Brazil’s vast post-bossa nova songbook and started to contribute her own songs to the rich tradition.
La Tenaza packed Cafe Stritch when it was in town for Summer Fest 2016. The kinetic Argentinean four-piece band is back by popular demand with its blended tango, Caribbean and Afro-Cuban concept.
As a trombonist, bandleader, educator, producer and label chief, trombonist Wayne Wallace is a Northern Californian institution through and through. His Latin Jazz Septet, in turn, unites some of the finest locally based instrumentalists for a crisp exploration of Afro-Caribbean, jazz and Cuban folkloric styles.
Pianist Ignacio “Nachito” Herrera had established quite a career in Cuba before migrating to Minnesota in 2002 and combining his European classical schooling and learned Afro-Cuban artistry into a dazzling personal musical style.
From its origins combining African rhythms and European harmonies, jazz has thrived through addition. Kat Parra brings Ladino—Judeo-Esponyol from the Sephardic Diaspora—as well as Portuguese, Spanish and English to her linguistic palette and emotive singing to her pan-American, Caribbean and Middle Eastern songbook.
Mariachi Los Toritos aims to be a positive impact for young aspiring musicians and local youths in the community by sharing the Mariachi culture while advocating for its traditional preservation.
With every decades-encompassing performance, Herb Alpert brings multiple lifetimes of experiences to the bandstand. Founder and leader of the Tijauna Brass and a veteran producer, the famed trumpeter is the only artist to boast numerous vocal and instrumental singles: “This Guy’s in Love with You” and “Rise.”
Master percussionist John Santos is a leading voice in Afro-Latin music. His performances combine Latin and Afro-Caribbean traditions, infused with jazz throughout. Santos is joined by veteran percussionist Orestes Vilató, vocalist Bobi Céspedes and multi-instrumentalist José Roberto Hernández.