The infectious sounds of Cuban son and cha-cha-cha will keep feet and hips moving on the dance floor all night long when Conjunto Philadelphia hits the stage. Expect to hear such infectious tunes as “Lágrimas Negras,” “La Negra Tomasa,” “A Buena Vista” and “Guantanamera” in their return engagement to the Exit Zero Jazz Festival.
Philly-based specialists in Pre-Revolutionary Cuban music, Conjunto Philadelphia is an exciting party band that appeals to dancers and those who appreciate infectious Afro-Cuban grooves. Inspired by the legendary Buena Vista Social Club, the Grammy-winning group from Havana featuring veteran singers Compay Segundo, Ibrahim Ferrer and Omara Portuondo, Conjunto Philadelphia’s mission is to maintain the authenticity of the music while performing it in a way that pays homage to Cuba’s deep and treasured musical history. Founded in 2010, the septet is fronted by charismatic singer Andrés Cisneros and includes trumpeter Marcell Bellinger, tres player Greg Kettinger, bassist Mike Boone, percussionists Francis Gattis and Christian Noguera and pianist and musical director Jeff Torchon. Favorites in Philly, they have played Chris’ Jazz Cafe, performed at the Penn Museum and had a monthly residency at World Cafe.