BombaChante is an explosive ensemble of nine that features some of the finest musicians in the Los Angeles area. Their tight rhythm section sets the foundation for the band’s screaming horn section. BombaChante features Gabriel Gonzalez on lead vocals, whose credits include performing with Stevie Wonder, Los Lonely Boys, Juan Gabriel, Francisco Aguabella, and Los Van Van. Directed by bassist/producer Ernesto Molina, BombaChante continues to make its presence felt in the L.A. scene while spreading its reach to Northern and Southern California.
Téka is an artist with roots firmly planted in the traditions of Brazilian music, and she has performed and recorded with world-renowned artists such as Hermeto Pascoal, Gilberto Gil, Flora Purim, Airto Moreira, and Rique Pantoja. “A fine guitarist with a velvety sounding voice. Like João Gilberto, she [brings] everything into a unified expression, combining her vocal lines and rhythmic guitar accompaniments into a distinct buoyant musical blend.”—Don Heckman, Los Angeles Times
The Aguabella Band
Paying tribute to the percussion master Francisco Aguabella, who passed away in 2010, the band Aguabella continues to honor their mentor with brilliant recordings and concerts. With the recordsNuestra Era and Baker-Gateway to Death Valley, the voice of the band has begun to emerge, without losing the edge that Francisco Aguabella introduced, and with added color and texture to the music.
Imaginacion led by pianist and composer Bill Cunliffe returns to LACMA with their award-winning sound. The Latin jazz nonet’s latest recording, nominated for a Grammy Award, spent a month in the no. 2 position in JazzWeek radio polls.
Bobby Matos & His Afro Cuban Latin Jazz Band
The band-leading timbalero Bobby Matos delivers an assertive and rich fusion of Afro Cuban rhythms and hard bop with his high-energy band. “An excellent fusion of Latin and African genres, with some of the best bilingual swingers from either world demonstrating how effective the glue of jazz can be.” —Harvey Siders, Jazz Times
Top recording artist Freddie Ravel brings his unique blend of tropical rhythms, jazz textures, and rock rhythms back to LACMA’s Latin Sounds series. The keyboardist began his career with Sergio Mendes at the age of twenty-three and has gone on to record such radio favorites as “Midnight Passion” and “Sol to Soul.” Ravel was recently awarded the Los Angeles Award of Recognition for his Tune Up To Success program and contributions to the city.