"Helloooooo Arnaldo ~
It's feast or famine, as usual, and this month has been a feast beyond compare! Looking at my calendar, I see we began with a bulky pickup from the garbage company -- oops, meant to stay focused on the music gigs. Yes, well, to begin with my family and I spent a marvelous week at Oakland's 85-year-old Feather River Camp in Plumas County (five hours north of here). I taught music and salsa aerobics, and we put together a slammin show with the campers, young and not-so-young, by week's end. Shouts out to my fellow teachers, Howard Pomerantz and Larry Ferrara.
Next, I was honored to be called in by Rudy Ramirez to appear on a pledge break with him and DJ Chris Cortez (not pictured) in support of KCSM TV (sister to KCSM jazz radio at FM 91.1). We had great chemistry. This will be airing Saturday, August 8 at 8 pm with the Latin Legends show focusing on mostly West Coast rock from bands such as Azteca, El Chicano and Santana. In researching for this I gained new insight about these bands and their ties to latin jazz! (Pictured below, left-to-right: Rudy Ramirez, Alexa and producer Kaveh Nikpour)
We'll preview Friday's show tonight at the Down Low in Berkeley. Also, tomorrow check out our free latin jazz show at Cafe Claude in the San Francisco financial district. Please come and say hi! Heck, bring your axe and jam with us!
There's a lot simmering. I hope to see you savoring the music soon!
Wednesday, July 29th, 2009
Preview of Michael Jackson Tribute - 11:30pm
2284 Shattuck Ave
Seaon Stylist, Jesus Ortiz and I will be performing selections from Seaon's upcoming song-and-salsa-dance tribute to Michael Jackson tonight with Montuno Swing, the hip salsa band led by intrepid arranger Cristian Tumalan. Look for us in the second set!
Thursday, July 30th, 2009
France in the Financial District - 7:30pm
7 Claude Lane (near Kearny & Sutter)
San Francisco, CA 94108
If you want delicious French eats, beautiful people and live jazz, come and say hi. Watch out -- we may ask you to sit in with us!
Friday, July 31st, 2009
Michael Jackson Latin Tribute featuring Seaon Stylist & Montuno Swing! - 9:00pm
650 Indiana St
San Francisco, CA 94107
Price: $15 advance, $20 door
I will be singing backup and dancing for this Michael Jackson Latin Tribute featuring Seaon Stylist & Montuno Swing! Come dance to the music of MJ as Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, Bolero & Cha Cha Cha!
Sunday, August 23rd, 2009
Capitol Sunday Jazz Series, 5-8 PM - 5:00pm
1401 Arden Way
Sacramento, CA 95815
916-723-5517 press 3 for reserva
With Jeff Minnieweather, drumset, Rob Lemas, bass, and Scott Collard, piano. It's been over a year since we played this gorgeous lounge and its enthusiastic audience, MC'd by the vivacious Vivian Lee. Don't miss our return appearance!"