SOUL SAUCE ~ CAL TJADER LATIN JAZZ LEGACY BAND


posted by Robert J. Carmack   #blues2jazzguy

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Soul Sauce: l-r shown – Pablo Calagero, Ross Schodek,Peter Burke, Bryan Valasco, Rafael Feliciano, Don Littleton, Andrew Acosta

It’s not everyday you can jump in your car and drive to a spot, then wind up in the middle of the 1960s jazz scene Los Angeles.                  Back then you could still catch great latin jazz bands coming through like Cal Tjader, Mongo Santamaria or Tito Puente.  Well.. maybe I didn’t wind up in the middle of the 1960s, BUT, I had the next best thing..I drove to Roscoe’s Seabird Lounge in Long Beach where I was able to experience the Cal Tjader legacy band, Soul Sauce.Right now this group of heady musicians are keeping the Latin Jazz legacy alive with a “no-nonsense” or frilly over-produced electronic sound presentation..Working directly with the Cal Tjader songbook, Soul Sauce is conjuring up the hey-days of the Hollywood Palladium or the Lighthouse jazz cafe in the early to late 1960s. Toss in a large group of  fun people who love old school latin dancing of Cha-Cha-Cha, Mambos and Boleros. It’s a great recipe for a fun-filled evening, complete with all the appropriate cocktails.(try the Golden Cadillac Margaritas)

I first saw the group at the LA County Art Museum with special guest saxophonist, Justo Almario.  Group spokesman, Don Littleton told me, the group had not played the club for a couple of years or so, “I thought it would be a great spot to come in on Sunday afternoons from 5-9pm, a perfect time for “Angelenos” looking for a place that’s fun, has live music and, you can dance to it.”

Members in the Band are Peter Burke Vibes, Bass Ross Schodek, Rafael Feliciano on Timbales/Conga, Bryan Valasco Piano/Keyboards, Don Littleton on Trap Drums, Conga, Bongos & Timbales. Special Guest players, Pablo Calogero Sax/Flute and  Andrew Acosta – Conga, assorted Percussion.

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Band spokesman, Don Littleton Congo solo out front with Andrew Acosta in background

Currently the Soul Sauce Band is playing on Sundays afternoons at 5pm until 9pm at Roscoe’s Seabird Lounge 730 E Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90802 (562) 522-8488               Call for the performance schedules or go to website~ http://www.seabirdloungelbc.com

 

 

 

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3 thoughts on “SOUL SAUCE ~ CAL TJADER LATIN JAZZ LEGACY BAND

  1. Beautiful article and right-on-point. Soul Sauce is indeed a very entertaining and no-frills band. Would love to get the Seabird Jazz Lounge in rotation on histersanctuary.com with all of our upcoming events/performers. Thanks.

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    1. Thank you Deborah, I appreciate your candor and compliments. I am quite interested in opening a dialog about how I can help make your club the JAZZ Spot of the Southland and jazz community. I left my business card with your manager to leave for you. Yes I’m a writer /actor/ and jazz show producer. But most importantly, I am a Big JAZZ FAN who cares about the the Legacy. I have written several articles on concerts at the Seabird, Two on AZAR Lawrence. feel free to call me 951-840-7120 anytime day or night.

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      1. Hi Robert, your card never made it to me (boo and hiss!!!)

        I am extending an invitation to you- for a wonderful event this Saturday at the Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum. It will be a pre-Mother’s Day music event with David Jackson & Friends performing. I’ll call you Wednesday to give you more details. Take care.

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