NEW LIVE SATURDAY BRUNCH SPECIAL! Sat Oct 30 – Latin Jazz Brunch Live launches with a Halloween Tropical Tricks and Treats Special. (Runs 1pm-6pm). Legendary walking latin encyclopaedia + Selector DJ JOHN ARMSTRONG joined by the UK’s leading Cuban Son, salsa, and latin jazz band, the well awesome and tropically superior SARABANDA Live up on The Roof. A righteous lunchtime/early afternoon special where we come together, eat, drink and be seriously, joyfully entertained, Free Entry at The CLF Art lounge and Roof Garden.
With a special authentic Dominican Brunch Menu lovingly prepared by BOCA CHICA available all day long, you know where to come.
Absolute best way to start your Saturday.
SARABANDA (Band on stage around 2pm)
Sarabanda are an authentic Cuban Son, salsa, and latin jazz band, based in London Sarabanda (previously known as Soneando) are usually a five piece band who play Cuban Son and Salsa with a serious groove. Pianist Sara McGuinness sought out musicians with a passion for Cuban music old and new to form the band. The result is a powerful quintet with a far bigger sound.
The band’s obvious love of the music they play is evident in the passionate and exuberant arrangements of Cuban songs both classic and modern. The fabulous singer Yuri Moreno hails from “Oriente” the East of Cuba where “Son” music was born. Bass player Elpidio Caicedo is well known on the UK Salsa scene, considered one of the top bass players he is also much in demand for his fantastic vocal talents. Sara McGuinness has been an integral part of the UK Latin scene for many years, working with a variety of bands and projects. Dave Pattman, Bill Bland and Emeris Solis established percussionists proficient in both popular and folkloric Cuban styles.
The band play a range of Cuban music including “Son” from the 40s and 50s, as popularised by Buena Vista Social Club, through to modern day hot Timba and Salsa. Perfect music for a summer’s day, don’t forget your dancing shoes.
BAND LINE-UP Vocals, Bass, Piano, Bongos/Timbales and Congas.
They recently promoted the launch of the Cuban movie “7 Days in Havana” playing in the middle of Leicester Square, London.
An entertainment and copyright litigation lawyer by profession (now retired!), and an across-the-board music lover by passion, John started playing records in and around London in the late 70s, after a Eureka moment at one of the first New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festivals in the mid-70s, from which he returned with interviews from everyone from Allen Toussaint to Betty Carter (many of which were published in the now-defunct Jazz and Blues Review). His first dj residency was at the Belsize Park Town and Country Club (60st and northern), followed by Greek Street’s Beat Route club (jump blues and 40s r and b), and the Whisky-A-Gogo (before it became the Wag).
He was probably the first UK selector to present fully-focussed tropical dance music events, with 10-year weekly residencies (1984-1994) at the legendary Bass Clef Jazz Club in Hoxton Square, playing a mix of Afro, zouk, Brazilian beats, Konpas, reggae, dancehall, soul, soca, salsa, afro-cuban, hip hop and jazz – even Punjabi bhangra for a while.
Over the last 30 years, he’s put together approximately 200 compilations of latin, afro, zouk, Brazilian music, soul, flamenco, Irish traditional music, and even rockabilly, Cajun, zydeco and rock and roll – making him one of the three or four most prolific compilers in the UK.
Latin Jazz Brunch Live: Runs
Live + DJ: 1pm – 6pm (up on the roof)
Dominican Cuisine: 1pm-11pm
Entry: Free (however we recommend you book a table to guarantee your space)
Walk Ins always welcome!!
+ Don’t forget we also have Disco Freaks dropping D.I.S.C.O. like it’s hot from 9pm-1am downstairs in the lounge (also free entry).
Next Event: Sat Nov 13 (1pm-6pm) – Latin Jazz Brunch Live with live guest TBA
See you up on the roof or deep inside
Artists: Sarabanda, DJ John Armstrong
|Date of Event (Leave blank if you are not listing a gig)||On Saturday October 30, 2021 at 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm|