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Orquesta Mermelada @ Nexus, Adelaide, May 30 with Kone Express

So this is what I have been doing with my time, arranging for my new band—Orquesta Mermelada—a 19-piece Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, featuring Fabian Hevia on congas. Below is our spiel, and line-up… Pretty darn excited!

Fabian Hevia and Mark Simeon Ferguson from Orquesta Mermelada—image by Andy Rasheed

Fabian Hevia and Mark Simeon Ferguson from Orquesta Mermelada—image by Andy Rasheed

With the grunt of a full Big Band and the groove of a Latino dance band, Orquesta Mermelada pack a powerful punch. In the spirit of the Arturo O’Farrill’s New York City Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, the newly formed Orquesta Mermelada play tunes from leader Mark Simeon Ferguson (Marmalade Circus) alongside a few favourites from Tito Puente and Eddie Palmieri. The band features Fabian Hevia, one of Australia’s leading latin music experts on congas, alongside a bunch of young and hungry players and a few veterans of the latin dance scene. Expect Mambo, Salsa, Rumba Colombia, Cumbia, Guaguanco and a bit of Boogaloo.

Featuring:

Fabian Hevia-congas,

Christian Cifuentes-percussion/vocals,

Wade Nixon-timbales/drum kit,

Shireen Khemlani-bass,

Liam Garcia Hardman-tres/guitar

Mark Simeon Ferguson-leader/piano,

Alex Musolino-alto sax,

Daniel Gibbons-alto sax,

Alex Ioakim-tenor sax/flute,

Tom Bastians-tenor sax/clarnet,

Dustan Cox-baritone sax,

Sean Helps-trumpet

Sam Hick-trumpet

Hayden King-trumpet

Luke White-trumpet

Alex Taylor-trombone

Steve Bickely-trombone

Aaron Deanshaw-trombone

Cass Pope-Bass trombone

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