Jazz band Los Gatos will perform June 10 in Amherst | Lifestyles

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Amherst Glebe Arts Response on June 10 will present Los Gatos in concert at Second Stage | Amherst.

The 7 p.m. concert will take place at 134 Second St. in Amherst.

Chris Magee, the band’s arranger and trumpeter, said Los Gatos were active in the Roanoke music scene from 2006 to 2009 and decided to revive the band last year. “We’re doing one of our first Second Stage performances since 2009,” Magee said.

Los Gatos will perform Chris Magee’s new arrangements of Chick Corea’s popular works “Armando’s Rhumba”, “La Fiesta”, “Spain” and “The One Step”. Magee said the band will play the new arrangements as a tribute to Corea, who passed away in 2021.

The band will also play songs from their repertoire from the 2000s, such as “Afro Blue”, “La Campiña”, “Los Gatos” and end the evening with other songs that do not fit into any of these categories.

Los Gatos (The Cats) are a Latin jazz band based in Roanoke. It developed through the fusion of the musical influences of musicians from different regions. Members of Los Gatos have performed with Latin Jazz Project, Latin Heat, Solazo and other bands.

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“Their performances take the listener on a journey to distant lands, drawing on a repertoire that includes traditional African rhythms, Caribbean influences and traditional song forms,” states a press release from Amherst Glebe Arts Response. “Los Gatos seamlessly fuses these musical idioms with contemporary jazz styles to produce music that all listeners will enjoy.”

Band members are Magee on trumpet, flugelhorn; Greg Moody, saxophones/woodwinds; Ken Hitchcock; saxophones/woodwinds; Sue Halloran: vocals; Lenny Marcus: keyboards, flute; Jeff Hofmann: acoustic and electric bass; Vladimir Espinoza: congas/percussion; David Sandoval: bongos/percussion and Larry Scott: drums/percussion

Tickets are $15/adults and $10/students and can be ordered at the door at 6 p.m. on June 10 or in advance from Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/los-gatos -tickets-330155131887. Members of the public can purchase food and non-alcoholic beverages from Baines Books and Coffee on the Second Stage.


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Henry R. Wright