Latin jazz trio to play at Wunderbar

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BELLOWS FALLS — Trio Mambo will play at Wunderbar, 22 Rockingham St., beginning at 8 p.m. this Friday.

Trio Mambo is a Latin jazz trio of piano, bass and congas, grooving and intricate at the same time. Classics like "Mambo Influenciado" and "Come Candela" mingle with brash originals such as "Soukw soukw " ("Shake it, shake it!" in Creole), romantic boleros, and 1950s soul bop grooves. If you've ever dug Ray Baretto's congas on a Hank Mobley tune, this band is for you.

Trio Mambo features three veterans of New England jazz: Dan DeWalt on piano and trombone; Wes Brown on bass; and Julian Gerstin on percussion. Before Trio Mambo, the three bandmates had worked together for many years in various combinations, notably as the rhythm section of Cuban singer/percussionist William Rodriguez' De Lomas y Sones. Their kindred spirits and delight in each other's musicality led to the formation of Trio Mambo, and make their performances both lively and intimate.

DeWalt has led the jazz group Green Mountain Mambo, is a founding member of the world beat ensemble Simba, and is a trombonist with Latin big band Joe Velez y Creaci n and the Vermont Jazz Center Big Band. His live, original piano accompaniments for Charlie Chaplin's "Modern Times" and other classic silent films have become must-see events in southern Vermont.

Brown cut his professional teeth at age 18 with two years on the road with legendary pianist Earl "Fatha" Hines. He went on to perform and record with Wadada Leo Smith, Marilyn Crispell, Anthony Davis, Fred Ho and many others.

Gerstin has worked with a variety of musicians from experimental jazz composer Joel Harrison to afrobeat legends Orlando Julius and Baba Ken Okulolo, Cuban folkloric ensemble Iroko Nuevo and Puerto Rican folklore ensemble Bomba de Aqu . He currently leads his own jazz group, the Julian Gerstin Sextet, which includes Wes on bass.


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