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Camelia Latinjazz Band

Latin Band from Somerville, MA - Will travel up to 10 miles
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The Camelia Latinjazz Band is based in Somerville MA and its style can be best described as: Latin rhythms with jazz solos.

The group has added jazz improvisations not only to the salsa rhythm (which is more common), but also to the merengue, cumbia, bachata and bolero, creating this way what they call: "salsa-jazz", "merengue-jazz", "cumbia-jazz", "bachata-jazz" and "bolero-jazz".

The bolero-jazz and bachata-jazz are focused on when a more mellow type of atmosphere is needed or wanted (for example as background music), while for more lively occasions the salsa-jazz and merengue-jazz are emphasized.

The group exists as a trio (3-piece), quartet (4-piece), quintet (5-piece) and sextet (6-piece) and all 4 sizes share the same song list. For background music the 3-piece is favored, while for festivals and concerts the 6-piece is preferred.

The instrumentation of the trio consists of: nylon-string guitar, keyboard (who also plays the bass part) and a hand percussion (congas or bongos or tambora, etc..), and for larger ensembles more percussion and a separate bass are added.

The same song list is used for all 4 sizes and it consists of both American and Spanish cover tunes, but only Latin rhythms are used.

Roderick Camelia is a native of Curaçao, a Caribbean island formerly belonging to The Netherlands, and is also a graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston. He plays lead guitar within the group, as well as serving as musical director. He is the son of the late Juan Camelia, a well-known musician from the island, and so his broad knowledge of Latin and Caribbean music comes to him from within his family. The other players in the ensemble are also professional musicians who bring their own talent to the style.

The Camelia Latinjazz Band performs regularly for private events and less frequently at public venues, and is proud to announce that the group so far has had a track record of zero unsatisfied clients. (References can be provided.)

To hear and watch live performances of the trio, quartet, quintet and sextet, please go to the website or Youtube page and click on any song you're familiar with, to hear our Latin version or arrangement of it. These demonstrations were purposely created from "live recordings" (meaning: from recordings done without computerized audio corrections), so you get to experience the group in a real "live" setting: "what you hear is what you'll get".
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The band was professional, courteous and very talented. I got all positive feedback and they were a welcome change to our usual jazz band. I will definitely be looking to hire them for next year's holiday party.

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2014
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18
Holiday Party
Boston, MA
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
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Please note Camelia Latinjazz Band will also travel to Andover, Cambridge, Charlestown, Boston, Everett, Lawrence, Medford, Allston, Arlington, Brookline, Chelsea, East Boston, Malden, Roxbury, Watertown, West Boxford, Belmont, Brighton, Brookline Village, Melrose, Revere, South Boston, Waverley, Arlington Heights, Billerica, Chestnut Hill, Dorchester, Haverhill, Jamaica Plain, Lowell.
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