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Roberto Pla

Colombian born Roberto Pla is probably the top player in British salsa. He was a founder member of Britains first salsa band, Valdez and spent years touring with a huge variety of stars and running his own bands before setting up the Latin Jazz Ensemble in 1988. The band is incredible, playing with a power, precision and pure danceable energy that will blow you away.

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The line-up of Roberto's band can be altered to suit the event. Whilst his main band is a 12-piece (featuring piano, bass, 3 percussion, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones and 3 vocalists), the band can be adjusted to anything from a 6 piece (featuring piano, bass, congas, timbales, trumpet or violin and vocals) to a 15 piece extravaganza featuring a 7-piece horn section! It all depends on how much of the roof you plan on bringing down.

"Roberto Pla and his Latin Jazz Ensemble.... spread their wings right across the nu-latino diaspora: boogaloo, latin funk, cumbia hip hop, descarga-house - you name it. Let's put it thus: if I were ever to get married again (don't hold your collective breaths....) this would be the reception band.
If proof were still needed that Roberto's band is simply the best working latin swing band in Europe, then proof was abundantly available on this hot, steamy and ultra-responsive night. Bongosero Dave Patman, conguero Sattin and Robbie himself formed the 'policia del ritmo' on this occasion, leaving the floor clear for two great vocalists Claudia and Robin to hammer home the lyrical licks in a strictly Colombian party style, keyboardist Jose to vamp it a la Eddie Palmieri, and a cracking three-piece brass section to punctuate the arrangements with uncanny accuracy."
- DJ John Armstrong

"Pla's timbales playing is authoritative and deeply musical, leading a band that grooves with natural elegance and improvises with accomplishment and, above all, heart."
- Rob Adams, The Herald

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The indivudual curriculum vitae of this particular group of musicians is quite extraordinary. Between them they have performed, recorded or toured with artists including Tom Jones, Elton John, Boy George, Jerry Lee Lewis, Boney M, Joe Strummer, Sierra Maestra, Adalberto Y Su Son (Cuba), Celia Cruz, Tito Puente, David Byrne, Willie Colon, Alfredo De La Fe, and Lucho Bermudez.

Recent clients include Lady Anabel Goldsmith, Zach Goldsmith, Lord Ogilvy, Prince Albert of Hannover, The Admirable Crichton, Sandhurst Military Academy, Annabels Night Club, Sketch, Momos, Dave Stewart (Eurythmics), Joan Collins and numerous private functions at many of the UK's top venues and hotels.

The repertoire of the band features a number of salsa classics plus many tunes written specially for the band. For a full list please contact us.

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