Monday 19th July 2021
£35.00 - £45.00
Line up: JOSE ALEJANDRO CESAR vocals; DUNIA CORREA vocals; SHANTI JAYASINHA trumpet; LANDY DÍAZ trombone; SARA McGUINNESS piano; JIMMY MARTINEZ bass; DAVE PATTMAN bongos; BILL BLAND congas & TRISTAN BUTLER timbales
Ronnie’s has had a strong musical relationship with Cuba since presenting the explosive Cuban group Irakere in the eighties. Over three decades, the annual invasion of top Cuban bands at the club became synonymous with ‘the sound of summer!’
‘Viva Cuba’ is our celebration of Cuba, its rich culture and its music. For over 12 years, Friday nights in our upstairs bar have featured the best London-based Cuban bands including Son Yambu, Eliane Correa & La Evolucion and Havana Latin Fun. Sadly this has not happened since Friday 13th March 2020.
Ronnie’s is delighted to present a much anticipated two-night Cuban extravaganza, as we open the doors in the main room to two superb Latin bands: Sarabanda led by pianist Sara McGuiness; and bassist Jesus Cutino’s band, plus a wealth of special guests, and much respected Latin DJs Rich Fallon and Gavin Durrant.
Sarabanda regularly pack the house out at Viva Cuba, Upstairs at Ronnie Scotts. Sliding effortlessly between classic Cuban cha cha cha, mambo and son to the latest hot timba,salsa and Latin jazz, this is Cuban music at its very finest. Sara McGuinness (bandleader and piano) was awarded UK Lukas Awards Latin Musician of the Year 2018. Sarabanda’s obvious love of the music they play is evident in the passionate and exuberant original compositions and arrangements of Cuban songs both classic and modern. The fabulous singer Jose Alejandro, hailing from Santiago, the birthplace of Cuban son, is much in demand for his fantastic vocal talents. Combine this with the blistering keyboards of Sara McGuinness and solid bass grooves from Jimmy Martinez supported by a steaming percussion section and you can’t go wrong. On 19th July we will be joined by very special guest, the amazing Cuban singer Dunia Correa. Jose and Dunia’s sublime vocals interwoven with sparkling horn lines from Shanti Jayasinha (trumpet) and Landy Díaz (trombone) will transport you to Cuba for an evening of musical joy.
Whilst we will have to imagine the whiff of Cohiba cigars, you will upon arrival receive a Ronnie Scott’s Mojito. We live in hope that the significant ‘Governmental road-map’ date of 19th July will herald a regained era of freedom to mingle and shake whatever one shakes to some incredible music!