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Latin Jazz, Brazilian and Cuban Music in Seattle
Eddie Palmieri brings the sun to Jazz Alley later this month

Here's our periodic listing of Latin Jazz, Brazilian and Cuban music coming to Seattle, get out and enjoy!


Monday nights
Entremundos Quartet Jam Session at Capitol Cider
This high-energy, Brazilian-flavored quartet is just what you need to recover from Monday.

Third Thursdays at Tula’s Restaurant and Jazz Club
Fred Hoadley’s Sonando
Fred Hoadley founded the Seattle-based Afro-Cuban jazz band, Sonando, whose 1994, 1998 & 2006 releases received critical acclaim throughout the country. Sonando received The Earshot Golden Ear Award for Best Acoustic Jazz Band of 2007, and was featured in a cover story in the November 2008 issue of Earshot Jazz Magazine. This is the real deal.


This Friday night May 8 atTula’s
Jovino Santos Neto Quarteto
Master pianist, composer and arranger Jovino Santos Neto is among the top Brazilian musicians working today. “Joyous” is the word that comes to mind when you see him play. Just watch this, and if you don’t at least smile, please see your doctor:

This Friday night May 8Ballard Jazz Festival Jazz Walk
Conor Byrne Pub 10:15pm and 11:30pm
Doug Beavers Sextet
Doug Beavers - trombone; Thomas Marriott - trumpet; Oscar Hernandez - piano; Joe Santiago - bass; Ricardo Guity - percussion
New York trombonist, composer and arranger Doug Beavers has performed and arranged for the likes of Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Eddie Palmieri, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Don Omar, Sheila E., Pete Escovedo, Ruben Blades and countless others. Make this your last stop on Friday night and you’ll be dancing all the way home.

Jazz Alley Shows:

This coming Tuesday and Wednesday, May 12 and 13:
Jane Bunnett and Maqueque
The name Maqueque is from an ancient Cuban dialect that means "the spirit of a young girl" --joyful exuberance and the celebration of life. This all-female group’s first recording won Canada’s 2015 Juno Award for Best Jazz Album (Group) of the year.

Tuesday through Saturday May 26-30
Eddie Palmieri Latin Jazz Band
10x Grammy winner, NEA Jazz Master and Latin Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement recipient Eddie Palmieri is known as “The Sun of Latin Music” and is one of the finest Latin jazz pianists of the past 50 years.

Thursday June 11 through Sunday June 14
Arturo Sandoval
Mentored by jazz great Dizzy Gillespie, Cuban trumpeter, pianist and composer Arturo Sandoval is a Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, 10x Grammy award winner and an Emmy award winner.

Thursday July 30 through Sunday August 2
Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band
Poncho and the band bring the party with their mix of Afro-Cuban, jazz and soul music. Mr. Sanchez was presented with the Legend of Latin Jazz (Keeper of the Flame) award by the Jazz Education Network earlier this year.

Triple Door Brazilian Night Series Friday May 22

Two legends of Brazilian jazz together!  Pianist Antonio Adolfo and harmonica master Hendrick Meurkens appear for an enchanting evening.


Paramount Theatreon October 2
Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club: The Adios Tour
The remnants of los viejos (the elders) who ignited the Cuban music craze of the 1990s are making their final appearances in a world-wide tour. I predict this show will sell out!

Don’t forget to listen for Latin jazz on Jazz Caliente, Thursday afternoons at 2pm on KPLU’s Mid Day Jazz!

Originally from Detroit, Robin Lloyd has been presenting jazz, blues and Latin jazz on public radio for nearly 40 years. She's a member of the Jazz Education Network and the Jazz Journalists Association.