It may be getting cold outside, but the temperature will rise when the Latin jazz group Salsamba heats up the stage at 7 p.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church, 309 Lincoln St., Johnstown.

The concert is part of the Greater Johnstown Chamber Music Series.

Salsamba is a Pittsburgh-based quintet that incorporates traditional American jazz with the spicy rhythms of Cuba, Brazil and the Caribbean.

“This band is well-known in the Pittsburgh area,” said Dr. Albert Mall, an organizer of the chamber music series. “A number of area jazz enthusiasts go to see them perform.”

Much of Salsamba’s music is written and arranged by guitarist and leader Eric Susoeff, but they also play covers of other bands.

“Salsamba has a varied style,” Mall said. “They play ballads to samba to swing, just fantastic music with a wide range of interest. They are really hot.”

Salsamba has performed at clubs, festivals and colleges throughout the country.

Salsamba released its debut album “Mambo in Blue” in 1988.

The group’s second recording, “Mabmo Del Dol,” was released in 1994.

In 1999, Salsamba released “Latinventions,” its third recording.

The group has just released its fourth CD, “The Traveler.”

Mall points out that the concert is for everyone who enjoys good music.

“We think people will have a great time. It’s very high energy,” he said.

Mall said that he would like to see children at the concert.

“This concert is a great way to get kids involved in jazz music and appreciate the different styles of jazz,” he said.

A question-and-answer session with band members will be held before the concert.

Tickets, which are $15, are available at the door.



Kelly Urban can be reached at 532-5050 or kurban@tribdem.com.

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