"I have had many of the staff express to me how much they liked the music. You are always welcome here at APL!"---Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab
"We thank YOU! It was simply wonderful!"--Havre de Grace Opera House
"You got rave reviews and we very much look forward to having you back for future concerts and other public programs!"--Riversdale House Museum.
Chuco Mendoza's almost 40 years of performance experience includes venues like the Hollywood Bowl, Teatro Alves in Bahía, Brazil, Mexico City's Bellas Artes Palace, its National Auditorium as well as the Metropolitan Theater, to name a few. He has toured across Europe, the U.S. and Latin America with artists like Latin Grammy winner Lila Downs, Tania Libertad, Ricky Martin, Salvador "El Negro" Ojeda, y Oscar Chavez, among many others. He participates in several ensembles in the Baltimore/Washington region. Chuco’s sound is the cement that binds the rhythm and the harmony and gives Downtown Tumbao its identity.
Sarah Taylor Cook, classically trained and nurtured in the bosom of Jazz in New Orleans, is a crossover performer who launched her professional career in Mexico City. The gritty lounge scene in El DF, informs her estilo picaresco: an unforgettable chemistry with her bandmates that infects her audience. Sarah’s recent projects include collaborations with Valeria Rojas on her album Río Revuelto, Trío La Reunión: with Valeria, and Flora Pasquet, performances with Joao Enrique and Dorio Ferreira, and Jorge García Montemayor, pillars of the Mexico City Jazz and Blues scenes, and of course her performances with the Mexico City version of Downtown Tumbao with Chuco, Baldomero Jiménez and Mauricio Blass.
Brazilian percussionist Bruno Lucini showcases through his music an openness to the world’s cultural diversity and its wide vocabulary of rhythms and instruments. As a world-fusion musician he blends hand percussion and drumset in a polyrhythmic hybrid setup. Lucini plays Samba, Bossa and Brazilian Jazz, as well as Salsa and Latin Jazz performing frequently in Washington DC/New York city corridor with well-known groups Origem (Lucini Bros), Veronneau and John W. Warren and Downtown Tumbao. Has performed at nationally recognized venues such as Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, DC Duke Ellington Jazz Fest, Sculpture Garden Jazz DC, Blues Alley, Howard Theater and Silver Spring Jazz Fest.
Roberto Villeda is a Guatemalan-born pianist and composer. He is a rising star on the DMV scene whose skill is unmatched. Roberto anchors his sound in Latin tradition and classical influence to springboard into rich throbbing tumbaos toward Bebop and Neo-soul improvisations. You can catch Roberto at Simple Bar, running the Latin Jazz Jam every Thursday night.
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Michael Paxton holds a BA in Jazz performance from Towson University. He is a masterful sax, clarinet, flute and piano player. Mike's warm, fresh style fills any performance space with the luscious sounds of Latin Jazz, bright mambos and intense Bebop. You can catch him collaborating on musical projects like Never Ending Fall, Noah Pierre Band, TOB, Moontide Gallery and, of course, Downtown Tumbao.