July 10 – The Gregorio Uribe Big Band. The group is a wildly danceable 15-piece band that plays Gregorio Uribe’s original songs and traditional Colombian music. With Colombian-born Berklee alumnus Uribe sometimes squeezing an accordion and nine horn players soaring over the percussion, the band is reminiscent of Columbian porro groups, similar to New Orleans second-line bands, but with updated harmonies and arrangements. Check out video of Uribe on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2VCSJOe-kRo
July 17 – The Berklee Latin Jazz All-Stars. The group will be joined by singers and horn players, expanding into a nine-piece salsa dance band including Berklee students from Puerto Rico, Cuba, Israel, and the U.S. The All-Stars are led by conguero Paulo Stagnaro, and feature flutist Enrique Trinidad and timbalero Marcos Lopez in this performance. The group’s six core members coalesce around their love for the polyrhythm and joyful precision of Latin jazz.
Upcoming: July 24 – Manolo Mairena – Salsa singer and percussionist; July 31 – Eguie Castrillo – conguero performs with his Orchestra.