October 2014

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Cambalache at Club Sur, Fri Oct 31

Posted by on 27 Oct 2014 | Tagged as: Events, Music

Seattle’s biggest salsa band is returning to Club SUR for a hot night of salsa dancing with the added option of a pre-show dinner catered by Cafe Con Leche. Doors open for dinner at 8pm when you will be welcomed by the scent of your favorite Latin dishes: flaky empanadas, traditional roast pork entrees, and refreshing mojitos. After dinner, dance lesson at 9:30pm by Gustavo “El General”, followed by DJ and Cambalache.
Reservations required for dinner. To reserve a table please visitwww.cafeconlecheseattle.com or call Cafe Con Leche at 206-682 7557 during business hours. After Hours Call www.salsatropicalseattle.net (206) 280-5841
Cover $15
21 and Over with ID

Clave Gringa, SWOJO Plays an Ann Reynolds’ Song

Posted by on 27 Oct 2014 | Tagged as: Events, Music

Here are two announcements from Ann Reynolds, who just released a terrific album, Para Cuba Con Amor.
Tuesday Nov 4 – part of the Earshot Jazz Festival – Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra (SWOJO) with special guest Grace Kelly plays at the Triple Door.
SWOJO will be featuring compositions by women that night (including my own composition, No Necesito un Nombre, and the winning compositions from our 2nd Annual Women Composers competition).
Grace Kelly is an amazing alto, soprano sax player and singer. She is also terrific fun to watch – a 22 year old petite bundle of energy on the stage. The performance will begin at 8 PM (although the Triple Door site says 7:30 PM).
Come to this swank music club to celebrate women in music
Thursday Nov 13 – Clave Gringa plays at the Art of Jazz series at the Seattle Art Museum. 5:30-7:30 PM; free.
This is a wonderful honor to be asked to play a concert in this series. Come by after work; come downtown at the end of your day and enjoy original Cuban Jazz. For this concert, Kiki Valera will be on cuatro, Daniel Barry on trumpet, Pedro Vargas on timbales, Steve Smith on bongo and congas, Dean Schmidt on bass, and myself on piano. A wonderful warm way to finish your day – come by after work.


Casino Workshop and Social w/ RNW at Bell Town, Sat. Nov 8

Posted by on 25 Oct 2014 | Tagged as: Kick Me !! (the poster)

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Hola Seattle!
Rumba Northwest instructors Antonio Diaz & Heather Haugland are back for a second workshop — plus a casino social! Join us on Nov. 8th to enjoy your favorite and the latest music from the island that makes the world dance…

4-5:15pm CASINO MUSICALITY – Building on our last workshop, learn to recognize the different components of “timba” songs and how to make your moves and body motion reflect the music. Learn how to use Folklore, Rumba, Reggaeton and more to spice up your casino. Get ready for LA BOMBA!

5:30pm-6:45pm RUEDA WITH RUMBA NW – More of our favorite rueda moves, plus exercises and games to improve your leading and following technique — good for casino too!
Both classes appropriate for intermediate and advanced casineros.

8:30-11:30pm BLACK-AND-WHITE CASINO SOCIAL with DJ ANTONIO – Come enjoy the latest music direct from Cuba (timba, son, rumba, reggaeton & more), practice your workshop moves, and enjoy rueda! Let’s kick it off with a 30-minute rueda marathon. Dress in black and/or white and look fabulous on the dance floor. Una bulla!

$15 per class, $25 for both if you register by Nov. 1st
or $18 per class, $30 both if you register the week of the workshop.
Preregister: http://belltowndancestudio.com/workshops
Dance: 8:30pm-11:30pm
$10 cover or ($7 workshop students)

Dj: Antonio Diaz
Donation bar w/21-ID

Belltown Dance Studio
2217 3rd Ave Suite 102
Seattle, WA 98121
Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1528825200688426/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

Seattle Rueda dances to Ann Reynolds/Clave Gringa “Songo Borracho”

Posted by on 22 Oct 2014 | Tagged as: Music


Betsy, Andre, Ofer, Diane, Marie Claudia, Israel, Curtis, Chanya, Susan, Stephanie – Thanks for making this happen. Seattle Rueda rocks! Andre Mueller choreography. Songo Borracho is available on the CD Para Cuba Con Amor. There are many great dance tunes on this CD (even though it may be classified as “Cuban jazz”) www.clavegringa.com – Ann (Ann-ita) Reynolds

Giraldo Piloto & Klimax, Club Sur, Thurs Oct 23!!!

Posted by on 11 Oct 2014 | Tagged as: Events, Music


Thurs Oct 23, Club Sur. Doors open and Cuban dinner: 7:30 pm; Salsa Casino performance & intro “Timba” lesson by Rumba Northwest: 8:00 pm
First Set: 8:30 pm
Second Set: 10:00 pm
Reservations encouraged. For reservations call 206-682-7557 during business hours (11am to 4 pm Mon-Fri).
Cover: $25.00, 21 and Over


Posted by on 03 Oct 2014 | Tagged as: Music

This from Ann Reynolds:

Clave Gringa Especial will be back at North City Bistro – we sold out the place last time and had a terrific time. Kiki Valera (from Santiago de Cuba) will again be on cuatro, Steve Smith on percussion, and for the first time, Dean Schmidt will be joining us on bass. This is a power lineup, but it’s an intimate setting and gives us a chance to do some fun music.

North City Bistro has terrific food (small and large plates), is very reasonably priced, has great wines, and a very comfortable atmosphere.This is a place you want to discover. If you missed it last time, don’t miss it again. If you were there before, you know you want to return with more friends. Make reservations by calling 206-365-4447; or reservations@northcitybistro.com We play from 8-10 PM; cover charge is $8.
Other October gigs:
Oct 3 – Coco Loco will be in Enumclaw at a wonderful venue- Kelly’s Mercantile on Cole St in the center of town. We play from 7-10. Folks in southern Puget Sound- come on over to Enumclaw.
Oct 12 and 26 – Ann Reynolds/Leah Pogwizd – piano/bass duo at Serafina from 6:30-9:00