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Friday 16th June 2017

South Cotswolds Jazz Club Presents ..Conjuncto Gringo (Salsa Night) : 8pm

Conjunto Gringo is an eight piece instrumental salsa band led by Andy Hague, one of Bristol’s best known trumpeters, and reflects his love of Cuban and other Latin music. The band features some of Bristol’s finest jazz soloists in tunes by Tito Puente, Mongo Santamaria, Afro Cuban All Stars, some latinised Stevie Wonder and a few originals. The band has played many club dates around Bristol and has appeared at Swanage Jazz Festival, Honiton Festival and Backwell Festival. Jonny Bruce & Andy Hague – trumpets, Craig Crofton – sax, Nick Attwood – trombone, Jim Blomfield – piano, Thad Kelly – bass, Andy Tween – drums & Lisa Cherian – congas.

Jonny Bruce – trumpet. Jonny’s sizzling lead trumpet sound makes him an ideal choice to add some heat to a latin project. He’s also a big Harry James fan and co-leads his own big band with guitarist Denny Ilett to recreate the James sound.

Andy Hague – trumpet. Andy released his CD Cross My Palm in 2012 and undertook a 14 date national tour with his quintet in 2013 with Arts Council support. He writes most of the band’s arrangements.

Craig Crofton – tenor sax. Originally from the USA, Craig is one of Bristol’s busiest sax players and teachers and has performed at numerous festivals around the UK.

Nick Attwood – trombone. Nick’s big brassy trombone sound makes him a popular choice for all the big bands round Bristol, and he’s a long standing member of jump jive band Fat Man Swings.

Jim Blomfield – piano. A versatile pianist with wide ranging musical interests, in Conjunto Gringo Jim gets to demonstrate his mastery of latin montuno styles with amazing speed and stamina.

Thad Kelly – bass. Thad is probably best known for his work with Partisans alongside Julian Siegel, Phil Robson and Gene Caldarazzo.

Lisa Cherian – congas. Lisa’s fantastic conga playing has made her one of the busiest musicians in Bristol, and she plays with just about every Latin and African band in the south west.

Andy Tween – drums. Andy has worked extensively with Pee Wee Ellis and Seth Lakeman, and has had his pieces published for Trinity Guildhall drum kit exams.

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