Left to right: unknown guest; Rolando Preza; Raphael Geronimo
The party was already on as I joined a crowd of ecstatic concert-goers, halfway through Rumba Calzada’s set. The Latino beats and grooves had many people dancing and cheering at the Maple Tree Square in Gastown. I was amazed to see how band leader Raphael Geronimo was able to send the groove into hyperspace with his small percussion set. The solid rythm section was quite enjoyable to watch and hear too.
It’s too bad I didn’t have time to write this article earlier for you guys, as the band was set to play another free show at the CBC Studio One Jazz stage on Tuesday (yesterday). I’m sure many people took note of it when the band announced this other gig of theirs. :) Let’s hope they come to your neighbourhood soon! ;)
Raphael Geronimo (multi-instrumentalist Nicholas Apivor in the background)
Miguel Valdez and Rod Murray
Rumba Calzada’s Official Website
Free Jazz in Gastown! :)
I had an excellent first show as I went to Gastown Saturday to enjoy some of the free concerts happening there this weekend. At 90 years young, Dal Richards is one cool cat on stage and his orchestra is very talented indeed. There was not one weak number in their set, consisting mostly (if not all) of jazz standards, usually leaning on the uptempo swing style.
If you live in Vancouver or are passing by this Summer, why not check the orchestra out at the Fair at the PNE this year? Mr. Richards was telling us that they will be playing for us every day at noon and 2PM there, throughout the fair. Don’t miss out on this entertaining performance!
Dal Richards and his Orchestra
Dal had to wave a white towel at him so he wouldn’t overheat from his smokin’ rendition
(I forgot the name of the song — “it’s not on the CD”, Dal said :) )
Saxin’ it up
Battle Of The Drums raging on — lol!