An Afro Cuban Jazz Septet based in Washington DC playing a style of music integrating rhythms of the Caribbean with the sophisticated harmonies of American Jazz music. Afro Bop Alliance proudly presents “Camino Nuevo“, the band’s sophomore release.
***Winner: Best Latin Recording***
Afro Bop Alliance | Camino Nuevo [Latin Jazz/Mambo Maniacs Records/2007]
21st Annual Wammie Awards (Washington Area Music Awards) Afro Bop Alliance is an Afro-Cuban Jazz Septet based in Annapolis Maryland, performing extensively throughout the Washington DC-Baltimore area and Mid-Atlantic region. ABA is led by drummer Joe McCarthy and features Felix Contreras-congas, Harry Appelman-piano, Max Murray-bass, Luis Hernandez-saxophone, Tim Stanley-trumpet, and Dan Drew-trombone.
The band has been featured at the Duke Ellington Jazz festival, the Silver Spring Jazz Festival, The JFKennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Smithsonian’s Jazz Café, The Smithsonian’s Museum of American History-Jazz Appreciation Month, The WC Handy Jazz Festival-Florence Alabama, Club Satalla- NYC, Georgetown University Jazz Festival, and the Rams Head Tavern. ABA has recorded and or performed with Poncho Sanchez, Antonio Hart, Dave Samuels, Arturo O’ Farrill, Michael Phillip Mossman and Ray Vega.
The band’s debut CD, Encarnacion, featuring Arturo O’ Farrill and Ray Vega, has received rave reviews and international acclaim. Afro Bop’s latest CD, Camino Nuevo, featuring Poncho Sanchez and Dave Samuels, is the band’s debut recording on Mambo Maniacs Records.