At the City Winery on October 10, 2017, the Nashville Jazz Orchestra will pay tribute to the amazing American genre, “Salsa.” The melting of the Cuban sound with American pop styles rose out of the Latin communities of New York during the 1960’s. Salsa is especially important to NJO because “jazz” was the primary American ingredient and the size of the orchestras mirrored the big bands of the 1930’s and 1940’s.

Salsa, a music for dancing, was based on Afro-Cuban beats (montuno, mambo, cha cha, bolero, etc) and it created an atmosphere that highlighted the percussion. Many of the large orchestras were led by percussionists and on October 10, one of America’s top percussionist, Lalo Davila , will take stage with NJO. The fact that Lalo is also immensely entertaining as a singer and comedian will only enhance the experience.

The Nashville Jazz Orchestra and Lalo Davila will honor Salsa artists, from the 1960’s to the present, such as: Celia Cruz, Tito Puente, Oscar Hernandez, Mark Anthony and more.

Though an average Salsa orchestra might be 12 or 13 pieces, NJO (16 pieces) will be adding 2 more percussionists as well as Lalo and our own Bob Mater on drums.
From behind the Timbales, Lalo will lead the 19 pieces, entertain you with song and, with humor, share some history of this wonderful music.

Oh, and yes, bring your dancing shoes!