Pablo Mayor crosses cultural boundaries with repertoire from his latest “El Barrio Project,” which takes his renowned Colombian jazz/dance band into the heart of Spanish Harlem and the birthplace of salsa, historically known as El Barrio. Weaving a theatrical narrative, the singers share excerpts from a musical story that takes place in El Barrio. Pablo collaborates with various songwriters on this project, with theatrical direction by German Jaramillo of ID Studio Theater. The group will feature Folklore Urbano’s core rhythm section with Franco Pinna on drums and Dave Hertzberg playing bass, with Pablo on piano. Special guests from NYC’s salsa scene include veteran Danny González on congas (Orquesta Broadway), vocalist David Frankel (Ave. B Salsa Band), and multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Venezuelan Eddy Venegas (Mark Anthony sideman, Orquesta Broadway, and Sweet Plaintain string quartet), on trombone, violin, and vocals.
Pablo Mayor: piano, compositions, arrangements and direction
Franco Pinna: drum set
Dave Hertzberg: bass
Eddie Venegas: vocals, trombone, violin
Danny González: congas