PALO! relishes in their Latin Grammy nomination and Praise Received from the Music Industry
“Afro-Cuban Funk is Cuban music for the new generation and the leader of the sound is PALO!” – The New York Post
Los Angeles, CA (October 15, 2014) – Currently, the group PALO! is living a very intense and exciting time in their career. The band was recently nominated for their first Latin Grammy for Best Contemporary Tropical Album and just finished wrapping up their very successful U.S. tour.
The fifteenth edition of the Latin Grammy Awards 2014 will take place on November 20 in Las Vegas (Nevada).
After the news of the nomination, PALO! embarked on a tour playing in major cities such as: Boston, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, and back home in Miami where they will end their tour.
And it was in the city of Miami where this project originated and developed into one of the most interesting alternative and independent projects in the country, fusing elements of traditional Cuban music with Afro-American rhythms creating a very original and seductive sound. Their live shows are known to slowly seduce audiences with their catchy songs, rhythms and risky musical structures, which incorporate Jazz improvisation, making every show a truly unique experience. Not surprisingly, they have garnered an amazing fan base leading them to gain recognition from important publications such as the Miami New Times, which nominated them as the Best Latin Band in 2014.
Their reputation precedes them, which in part due to this magical blend of songs and talent. The band’s members have an extensive musical trajectory as producers, arrangers, composers and band mates of other legendary stars of Salsa, Jazz and other genres within Latin music.
PALO! was formed in 2003 in Miami, FL. The band is comprised of the vocalist Leslie Cartaya, who was nominated for a Latin Grammy in 2013 for Best New Artist, Steve Roitstein, keyboardist and producer known for his work with Celia Cruz, Willy Chirino, Tito Puente, Cheo Feliciano, Oscar d’Leon, among others, Ed Calle, a talented saxophonist recognized for his ability to improvise, and the percussionists and vocalists of the group, Philbert Armenteros and Raymer Olalde, which bring the Cuban fire and energy that characterizes PALO!.
PALO! is Salsa with a taste of Jazz, doused with infectious funk rhythms and jazz improvisation, a distinct style of Cuban music proving to be irresistible for those that love to dance.
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