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Redwood City Salsa Festival 2017

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Redwood City Civic Center
10th Annual Redwood City Salsa Festival 2017
Redwood City, CA
September 29-30, 2017

The always fun and entertaining Redwood City Salsa Festival took place Saturday in the mid peninsula city's lively downtown core. There were three music stages: The Court House (Salsa main stage), ...

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Redwood City Salsa Festival 2016

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Downtown Redwood City
Redwood City Salsa Festival
Redwood City, CA
September 24, 2016

The 9th annual Redwood City Salsa Festival held at the downtown civic center was packed with families, friends, and salsa music lovers from all over the San Francisco Bay Area. High temperatures approaching 100 degrees at the RCSF ...

Brian Andres & the Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel: This Could Be That

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This Could Be That celebrates the first decade of Brian Andres & his Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel, which came together in 2007 in and around the jny: San Francisco Bay Area's Latin jazz hothouse. Music is sort of the Andres' family business: Brian's father Mike, a professional woodwind player from the jny: Cincinnati area (who appears on ...

Artistry in Rhythm: Afro-Cuban Epiphany to Haitian Voodoo

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Brian Andres & the Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel
This Could Be That
Self-Produced
2016

This Could Be That celebrates the first decade of Brian Andres & his Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel, which came together in 2007 in and around the jny: San Francisco Bay Area's Latin jazz hothouse. Music ...

NEWS: RECORDING

"This Could Be That," 3rd CD By Drummer Brian Andres & The Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel, Due For January 15 Release

"This Could Be That," 3rd CD By Drummer Brian Andres & The Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel, Due For January 15 Release

Drummer Brian Andres has been leading his powerhouse Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel since 2007, establishing them as a prime voice in the thriving San Francisco Bay Area Latin jazz scene. With his third album, This Could Be That, which is due for release by his Bacalao Records imprint on January 15, Andres and his Cartel exert a ...

NEWS: RECORDING

"San Francisco," 2nd CD By Bay Area Drummer Brian Andres & The Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel, Due July 16

"San Francisco," 2nd CD By Bay Area Drummer Brian Andres & The Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel, Due July 16

Drummer Brian Andres’s new album with the Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel, San Francisco, not only takes its title from the band’s home base. The CD, to be released July 16 by the leader’s Bacalao Records imprint, also makes a persuasive case for the assertion that San Francisco has its own distinctive Latin jazz sound (the classic “San ...

Brian Andres and the Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel: San Francisco

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The San Francisco Bay Area is known for many things one of which is, as a hot bed of Latin Jazz music that captured the interest of percussionist Brian Andres upon relocating there in 1999. Now a veteran of the genre and band leader of the Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel, Andres and the group tip their hat ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Jamie Dubberly And Orquesta Dharma: Road Warrior

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When trombonist Jamie Dubberly moved from New York to northern California in 2003, he immediately became ensconced in the burgeoning Bay Area Latin jazz scene. While he sharpened his performance skills by playing in bands like Avance and Louie Romero's Mazacote, these groups also inspired him to put pen to paper and explore the lexicon of ...