...there's fire, right? Well, if this version of the La Fiesta Jazz Band--Gregg Gelb on reeds, Stephen Anderson on piano, Andy Kleinschmidt on electric bass, Nelson Delgado on congas & singing, & Ramon Ortiz on percussion--was smokin' at Sharp Nine last night, they should be renamed the El Fuego Latin Jazz Band! They covered old & very new Latin jazz (including a completely new Stephen A monster piece) & kept our medium-sized audience chair-dancing & bouncing through two 45-minute sets.
Peter Burke has liked jazz since he was in high school. Having lived & worked in exotic places with & without local jazz scenes, he has also led a Guide To Local Jazz class in the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Duke.