London Latin Jazz Fest 2018

Roberto Pla & his Latin Ensemble

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

The Godfather of Latin music in the UK returns to the London Latin Jazz Fest with his 13-piece salsa orchestra. With a career spanning over 50 years and including tours alongside acts as varied as Boney M., Motorhead and Cheo Feliciano, Roberto recently spearheaded the largest-ever celebration of Latin music in the UK at the Barbican Centre. At the festival, he will be performing a Fania-inspired selection of originals and classics alongside the crème de la crème of the UK's salsa musicians. 

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Roberto Pla is the Colombian percussionist best known as the 'God-Father of Latin Music in the UK, for his contribution to live music particularly in Afro- influenced rhythms. His Latin Ensemble is a regular presence on the European Festival and TV scene.

In 1979 Roberto left Colombia for New York, where he became a busy salsa session percussionist. A year later the attractions of the European pop scene drew him to London, where he joined a jazz fusion band Cayenne and by 1982 he was touring the world with pop megastars Boney M. In 1984, he was one of the earliest members of the London School of Samba, the first samba school to be set up in the UK.

In 2012 the band celebrated their 25th anniversary, winning their first LUKAS award for 'Lifetime Achievement and contribution to the Latino Community in the UK'. In June 2013 Roberto Pla ‘s Latin Ensemble headlined the 'Glasto Latino Stage at Glastonbury Festival and subsequently won their second LUKAS for 'Concert of the year'

Recent major live highlights for Roberto Pla and the Latin Ensemble have been Brecon Jazz Festival, Expo Festival Lisbon, The Edinburgh Fringe, Canada Square Festival, Under the Stars Festival, Jazz at Boisdale & Ronnie Scotts Club.