The Susie Hansen Latin Band is popular and well-known in Southern California, playing more than 150 concerts, weddings and special events every year. Their specialty is Latin dance music - Salsa, Cumbia, Merengue, Bolero, Cha Cha Cha and more. For your private event, they can also include disco, swing, R&B, Funk, Motown, Classic Rock and Jazz Standards. For the budget-minded, our six-piece band will do a great job. For a larger and more elaborate event, choose our full twelve-piece band. Susie fronts the band on electric violin and vocals, along with two other terrific singers -- Cuban-American vocalist/percussionist George Balmaseda, and British-American vocalist/guitarist Kaspar Abbo.
Susie and the band have received many wonderful reviews. According to Don Heckman of the Los Angeles Times, "Hansen is a ball of energy, creating an atmosphere of high voltage excitement." Phil Elwood of the San Francisco Examiner describes the band this way: "It's a sizzling, swinging band. The whole room was jumpin' for joy."
Contact us for you special event, wedding, holiday party, non-profit fundraiser, corporate function, Quinceañera, anniversary, Bar/Bat Mitzvah or private party.
For your complete wedding package, we can play your ceremony with a duo of violin and piano. We recommend classical music for your ceremony (also sacred, romantic and ethnic music). For cocktail hour, we'll give you lively jazz and Latin jazz with a small group. The usually band starts for your Grand Entrance and dinner, and the dinner music will be beautiful – Bolero, Bossa Nova, Frank Sinatra and more. And for dancing, pick from our extensive song list of the best of Latin and American pop music. We're happy to emcee and coordinate your wedding at no extra charge. We'll meet with you in advance and work out the timeline for the entire event. It's like getting a wedding coordinator for free!
If event includes an awards presentation, we have a large repertoire of lively and up-beat "play-on" music that the band can perform as presenters and awardees approach the stage, while photos are taken, and as they leave the stage. This is perfect for fundraisers, non-profit events and other special events with award presentations.
We also have terrific Salsa dancers available who can provide a lively and flashy floor show, teach the Latin dance steps to the guests, and break the ice on the dance floor. The dancers can start a line dance, mix and mingle with the audience, dance individually with the guests or lead a conga line. Together with the band, it's a great party package.
We have played many high-profile events, including the inauguration of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, a party at the home of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Oscar parties, premiere parties, the Chicano Music Awards, the Estrella Awards, the Spirit Awards, corporate events for United Airlines and MTV, and festivals such as the Playboy Jazz Festival, Fiesta Broadway and the San Jose Jazz Festival. We have released three CDs on Jazz Caliente Records.
Kaspar Abbo (vocals, guitar),
Joe Rotondi (piano),
Rene Camacho (bass, vocals),
Susie Hansen (violin, vocals),
Jimmy Branly (drums, timbales),
George Balmaseda (vocals, percussion)