Dominican Palo and Tambora Meet Jazz September 9th, 2006 Albany, New York
& Grupo Sabor performed at the Riverfront Jazz Festival in Albany,
New York. The 12-member ensemble, known for its heady mix of salsa,
merengue, and jazz, and the infectious beat of traditional
afro-dominican rhythms, infused a unique latin flavor to a
line-up headlined by Jazz great, Grammy award-winning saxophonist,
composer and bandleader, Branford Marsalis.
THE 2006 ALBANY RIVERFRONT JAZZ FESTIVAL LINEUP: Sarah Pedinotti • Alejandro & Grupo Sabor, Mose Allison • Diane Schuur • Branford Marsalis
If you missed it.....
Feast on Fest: Moose Allison, above, entertains an appreciative audience during the Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival at the Corning Preserve. On right, singer Diane Schuur takes her turn before a full house. Bassist Erick Revis, drummer Jeff Watts, Marsalis, Miguel Fenton and the sublime Sarah Pedinotti.
songwriter Alejandro Torrens shares a moment with Marsalis before their
performances at the Albany Jazz Festival, New York.
Reproduced from the Times Union
Danilo Perez sits with Sabor, Jazz fest 2002
All the way from right here By Tom Huntington Reproduced from the Burlington Free Press
Panamanian pianist Danilo Perez
was driving around Burlington last month following his jazz festival
performance with the Wayne Shorter Quartet at the Flynn Center. Passing
by lower Church Street, he heard the sounds of live Latin music and got
out to check it out. Making his way through the dancing throng at Red
Square, Perez discovered Grupo Sabor, a Vermont salsa-merengue
collective. After hearing the group put their own spin on the Cuban
classic “Lagrimas negras (Black Tears),” Perez couldn’t resist any
longer, asking Abbi Sperry, the stunned pianist, if he could sit in with
them for a couple of tunes. Like many people who experience Grupo Sabor
for the first time, Perez was more than a little surprised to discover
that the Latin group is actually a Vermont product. “We get that a lot”,
said Torrens. Sometimes, I introduce the band by saying:
‘We are Sabor, all the way from right here”