Featuring vocalist Sandra Aran, Sondango brings you two generous sets of superbly crafted songs with deep grooves, playing salsa, samba, bolero, cumbia, ska and more. With music director Richard Nelson Hall on piano, Scott Foster on guitar, Dean Muench on bass and Dan Foltz on drums, Sondango will have you dancing in the aisles.
Bring a twenty for the cover charge and something to sip.
With an eye towards representing the grand diversity that is San Francisco, Richard and Sandra write their original songs in Spanish illustrating such common themes as love, loss, joy and passion. Strongly rooted in their love of jazz and Latin rhythms, Sondango brings together musicians from San Francisco, the East Bay and the Peninsula. Sondango embodies a meeting of cultures, and sensibilities with the here and now.
After studying classical piano and composition at the National University of Mexico, Sandra completed her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Vocal Performance at the prestigious Berklee College of Music, where she also organized and directed Latin Culture Week 2000 & 2001. In various jazz, Latin & rock ensembles she has opened for blues legend B.B. King and jazz great George Benson, toured southern Mexico, performed all over both East & West coast USA. Sandra & Richard performed together in Latin dance band Ritmojito for thirteen years.
Richard is a graduate of University of Nottingham and as a London-based performer appeared on national TV and had a publishing contract with Warner Bros. In San Francisco he resided as jazz artist at A. Sabella’s and Club 36, opened for Chaka Khan at Russian River Jazz Festival and was Musical Director, Pianist & Conductor for the Plush Room’s “Dirty Little Secret” show and the “The Rat Pack is Back” show at the Post Street & Marines Memorial Theaters. He has toured with similar shows all over the US, Canada and the Middle East. More recent performances include Disneyland, Las Vegas, Palm Springs and Los Angeles with the Alpha Rhythm Kings, and with Jonathan Poretz at Club 54 in NYC.
Our events are put on under the umbrella of the nonprofit Bird & Beckett Cultural Legacy Project (the "BBCLP"). That's how we fund our ambitious schedule of 300 or so concerts and literary events every year.
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