America's Music: The Latin Sounds Of Los Gatos

Tuesday April 30, 2013: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

AADL presents this special concert as part of its series America's Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway. This eight-week documentary film/ discussions series focuses on twentieth-century American popular music and features related concerts performed by some of the area's most prominent musicians.

Ann Arbor's highly acclaimed Latin jazz ensemble Los Gatos was the brainchild of drummer and bandleader, Pete Siers in 1997. The concept of a small group, combined with traditional Afro-Cuban rhythms has since positioned Los Gatos as a consistent crowd pleaser. Los Gatos is built from the "old-school" Latin jazz values set forth by Cal Tjader, Mongo Santamaria, Tito Puente and Joe Cuba. Unlike many traditional Latin jazz groups with six or more members, Los Gatos is a quintet, a combination which dramatically exposes the function of each component of the band. Los Gatos' use of call-and-response vocal coro sections throughout their repertoire also lifts the music to new heights of soulfulness and drama.

The five members of the group are world class performers. They have each toured extensively and have been performing with Los Gatos for over a decade. The band members are also professional educators and excel and sharing their love and knowledge of the art.

The Ann Arbor District Library is one of fifty sites nationwide to host this program series, which is a project by the Tribeca Film Institute in collaboration with the American Library Association, Tribeca Flashpoint, and the Society for American Music. America's Music has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor. The AADL series is also co-sponsored by The Friends of the Ann Arbor District Library, Kerrytown Concert House, UMS and WCBN 88.3 FM.