… each band member brings a high level of comfort and experience with Afro Cuban music…a colorful and exciting repertoire …” – Chip Boaz- Latin Jazz Corner
Formed in August 2003 by reedman Paul VornHagen and conguero Alberto Nacif, this exciting Cuban jazz combo has released four critically acclaimed CDs of mostly original compositions that have been featured on all the major jazz public radio stations throughout the U.S. Winner of the 2005,2007 and 2013 Detroit Music Awards for Best Jazz Recording and Best World Music Band, this combo has performed at all the major Michigan jazz/music festivals including Detroit, Michigan, Lansing, Birmingham, Raisin River, Great Lakes Folk, Blissfest, Wheatland Dance and Ann Arbor to name a few. The title cut of their 2009 Cd was used as a soundtrack for the USA Network TV show, Burn Notice. In June 2012, the band released their 4th Cd, Casa Versailles, which was featured on the #1 syndicated jazz radio program, Jazz After Hours w/Jim Wilke as well as many NPR programs nationwide. All band members have won or been nominated for individual Detroit Music Awards as well teach at U of Michigan, Washtenaw CC, Jazz Camps and music studios. Their library program, The Rhythms of Cuba, has been presented at over 15 public libraries throughout southeastern Michigan. Other music performance venues include Chicago, Toledo, OH, Windsor, CAN and Oklahoma. Co-bandleader, Alberto Nacif is the founder and former host of the WEMU radio program, Cuban Fantasy, still being broadcast today. Our newest member is the esteemed Cuban musician, Pepe Espinosa (bongo, bell, timbales, congas), formerly of the Afro-Cuban All Stars and Cubanismo.