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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

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June 30, 2010
Posted By - Lauren
Source Credits -talent network, inc., Salsamba


Salsamba is a Latin jazz quintet that blends the traditions of American jazz with the spicy rhythms of Cuba, Brazil, and the Caribbean - the result is great music that delights the listener with it’s originality. Based in Pittsburgh, Salsamba performs at clubs, festivals and colleges throughout the United States. They have opened for Latin jazz king Tito Puente, guitarists John Scofield and Stanley Jordan, Steel Pan player Andy Narell, and flutist Dave Valentin. Salsamba’s CDs, “Mambo in Blue”, Mambo Del Sol” and “Latinventions” have received considerable airplay nationwide. The band are featured performers on National Public Radio’s American Jazz Radio Festival, which airs nationwide on over 125 stations. This 5-piece band can also be joined by a female vocalist if so desired.

We got a chance to catch up with Salsamba and get a behind-the-scenes look at who they are!

talent network: How long has the group been together? How many people are in the group?
Salsamba: There are 5 people in the group. Salsamba has been a band since 1984 (26 years) Eric Susoeff (guitar, leader), George Jones (congas, co-leader), Eric Defade (sax/flute) 16 years, Paul Thompson (bass) 10 years, Thomas Wendt (drums) 5 years.

talent network: Name one of your favorite gigs you've played and why.
Salsamba: We have been lucky to play a lot of nice gigs in our 26 year history including many College, Festival, Night Club and TV appearances. Picking one? Recently we played a concert in San Antonio, TX, it was a fun gig and the hang was great.

talent network: What is one of your favorite venues to play at in Pittsburgh?
Salsamba: Katz Plaza on the corner of 7th and Penn Avenue downtown. We will be appearing there on July 27th from 5pm-7pm. It is a nice setting and the audiences really listen.

talent network: What kind of music does Salsamba play?
Salsamba: We play Latin Jazz music. We combine the traditions of American jazz with the rhythms of Latin America.

talent network: Who are your top influences?
Salsamba: Cal Tjader, Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, Clare Fisher


You can catch Salsamba this upcoming weekend at Rivers Casino, Friday and Saturday night, in Levels Lounge!


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