Genre: Latin/Afro-Peruvian jazz
Related Artists: Paquito D?Rivera, Ray Barretto
"This isn?t generic salsa but something a lot looser and more exciting, with strong horn solos and plenty of percussive drive." ---Seattle Weekly
Layla Angulo follows her own path in the world of Latin music. It?s not just that she is a woman, a saxophonist and a bandleader in an arena that tends to be overwhelmingly male. She has her own take on the music as well, stressing the jazz aspect and adding a distinctive and rare flavor to the mix: the propulsive, but on-and-off-the-beat rhythms of the Afro-Peruvian tradition.
Born in Louisiana and raised in Boston and Seattle, she took up the sax at 10, discovered jazz through her grandfather and played her first gig in a Boston club at 14. She studied at Cornish here in Seattle with Hadley Caliman and Julian Priester and furthered her education in the college of life with a long stay in Spain and the forming of an artistic kinship with the fine ex-Miles Davis reed player Bennie Maupin.
Angulo?s band has appeared at the Paramount?s 75th Anniversary show, Folklife and Bumbershoot and is preparing a new CD for release this summer. Their current self-produced CD is "The Layla Angulo Sextet". This is their fourth appearance on The Triple Door Mainstage.
The band includes Layla Angulo - Sax/Vocals/Band Director, Julio Jauregui - Piano, Jeff Norwood - Bass, Edsson Otero - Timbales, Rafael Quinones - Bongos/Cowbell/Vocals, Walter A. Torres - Congas/Vocals, Randy Burgeson - Trumpet, Chris Stover - Trombone and Carlos Cascante - Main Vocals
For more information, visit www.layla-angulo.com