The Last Mambo

The Last Mambo, a documentary which explores the past, present and future of the Salsa/Latin Jazz music and dance community in the San Francisco Bay Area. Profiles of salsa/Latin jazz musicians, dancers and D.J.s, promotional trailer, photographs, artwork, artists profiles, links to Afro-Cuban music websites, links to Salsa music and dance websites. Documentary to be release on Wayne Wallace's record label, Patois Records, spring of 2015.

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Salsa De La Bahia – A Salsa Explosion

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Northern California is still rocking from the tidal wave of support for Salsa De La Bahia – the recently released 2 CD anthology of SF Bay Area Salsa and Latin Jazz artists. On September 12 the dance floor was packed and the music was hot and steamy at the nearly sold-out CD release party hosted at Yoshi’s Oakland. The mambos and cha chas of Edgardo Cambon Y Su Candela, flanked by Bay Area icons Wayne Wallace, Roger Glenn, John Calloway and Anthony Blea fired up the dancers so much that nobody wanted to go home at the end of the set.

Special thanks for this stellar event go to Luis Medina, guest DJ and music director at KPFA 94.1 FN who delivered infectious, hard core salsa grooves and Chuy Varela, master of ceremonies, who is known around the globe as an enthusiastic Latin Music, DJ, historian and music director for KCSM 91.1 FM

Final kudos to Andy Gilbert, whose elegantly written article Salsa de la Bahia Anthology Shows Evolution of Latin Music in Bay Area tapped into the public’s hunger for this land mark project and vaulted the album in to the #1 favorite load for Latin Jazz and Salsa on Amazon. Check out his article ‘Salsa de la Bahia’ Anthology Shows Evolution of Latin Music in Bay Area

Patois Records

Patois Records announce today the signing of filmmaker/dancer Rita Hargrave.

Patois Records and Ms. Hargrave are currently in production of “Salsa De La Bahia Vol.,1″ a musical compilation of the San Francisco Salsa/Latin Jazz communities to be released this summer. The CD features world renowned musicians John Calloway, Pete Escovedo, Edgardo Cambon, Roger Glenn, Karl Perrazo, John Santos, Orestes Vilató, Benny Velarde, Wayne Wallace and many more luminaries of the San Francisco Bay Area Latin music scene.

Also in production is the DVD “The Last Mambo” due to be released in early 2014. “The Last Mambo” explores the world of Salsa/Latin Jazz in the San Francisco Bay area from the diverse perspectives of dancers, DJs and musicians. The film discusses how the dance aesthetic, musical presentation and cultural context have changed in the wake of Afro-Cuban music’s growing popularity and commercialization. “The Last Mambo”, punctuated with interviews, photographs and concert footage captures the spirit of Salsa/Latin Jazz, celebrates its rich cultural heritage and debates the nature of its future.

Patois Records looks forward to sharing this legacy of great music with you!