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Sexteto Cafe

Latin Vibe to Vibraphone Sextet : A Story of a Sound

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Last Show: Wednesday 7 th June 2023

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

Sexteto Cafe recreates the historical and creative story of the Latin Vibraphone Sextet. Led by Dorance Lorza, latin music collector and director of Sexteto Cafe, the story begins with the American vibraphone becoming a instrument of fascination for Latinos in New york in the 1940‘s. The band then journeys through the shift from big band to small combo, the emergence of boogaloo, and the growth of salsa. The evening will include music from New York, Panama,Venezuela and Colombia with the final destination being original tracks from Sexteto Cafe. This is music to dance to so bring your dancing shoes!

"They have the signature swing that has made all of their sextet's predecessors legends in the Latin music genre."

Ray Cruz (Hawaii Public Radio)

Dorance Lorza & Sexteto Cafe have been one of the leading bands in the vibrant and exciting London salsa scene since they formed in 1996. Pioneering the worldwide “salsa con vibes” revival of the late 1990s, they were one of the first bands in Europe to favour the small combo salsa sound of 1960s/1970s bands like Joe Cuba Sextet/ New Swing Sextet/Pete Terrace Combo rather than that of the more common big brass-heavy salsa orchestras of the day.

Colombian born band leader Dorance Lorza already had a very impressive record from back home as a musician, arranger, composer and producer, working with the the biggest names in Colombian salsa music such as Los Niches, Los Del Caney, Los Titanes, Los Nemus Del Pacifico, Orquesta Canela, Santiago Ceron, La Octava Dimension, Kike Harvey, Cali Aleman and Fruko y su Orquesta.

Band Line Up

Dorance Lorza (vibraphone)
Anna Gillespie (piano)
Marco Tulio Riascos (bass)
Julian Arenas (conga)
Gustavo Santiago (bongo)
Philip Kapadia (timbal)
Jose Alejandro Cesar (lead vocals)