Why hire Puro Queso Jazz Quartet?
The Puro Queso Jazz Quartet was founded in 2003 by Venezuelan bass player Jose Layo Puentes joined by New-Mexican drummer Luke savage, Mexican guitarist Victor Ruiz and NY saxophonist Paul Eiss with the idea of playing strictly Latin jazz. In 2004 by the name Puro Queso Jazz Quartet they started giving concerts at local venues, such as museums, festivals, as well as social events. Today Puro Queso Jazz Quartet continues to making an unassuming but sincere contribution to the already rich and demanding local jazz culture. Call now or visit the web site of the band for more information.
The Puro Queso Jazz Quartet was founded by Venezuelan bass player JosÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â© Layo Puentes and Italian pianist Giampaolo Orrigo, who along with other University music students had been playing Italian folk music together since 2002. In 2003, they were joined by Chilean drummer Leonardo Soto and Mexican guitarist Victor Ruiz, with the idea of playing strictly jazz (with a mostly Latin flavor), and they began a routine of rehearsals to begin to integrate their personal experiences into a distinct group sound.
Some months later, Leonardo Soto had to leave the project to dedicate himself to orchestral music, and was replaced by Luke Savage, a percussionist from New Mexico, at first playing the Peruvian cajÃƒÂ³n and later the traditional drum set.
In mid-2004 the band (at the time creatively named "Orrigo-Puentes-Savage-Ruiz") began playing weekly at a renowned Italian restaurant in Lawrenceville, at which time the group began to define its distinctive style and repertory.
In 2005 the band, now going by the name Puro Queso Jazz Quartet, began performing weekly at a well-known bar in downtown Pittsburgh accompanied by New York saxophonist Paul Eiss, whose integration into the group occurred organically after a couple of exploratory rehearsals. During this period the group began to define itself as a quintet and started giving concerts at other local venues, such as museums and festivals, as well as social events. Toward the end of 2005, pianist Giampaolo Orrigo reluctantly left the group to devote time to other pursuits, paring the quintet back into a quartet.
The Puro Queso Jazz Quartet continues to make an unassuming but sincere contribution to the already rich and demanding local jazz culture
Layo Puentes: Lead Vocals/Bass
Luke Savage: Drums
Paul Eiss: Saxophones
Victor Ruiz: Guitars
What to Expect
Typical Gig Duration: 50 - 90 minutes
Past Booked Dates:
05-26-2007 — Altar Club
05-19-2007 — wedding
05-09-2007 — Bossa Nova down town
05-08-2007 — Bossa Nova Down town
04-28-2007 — Altar Club
04-25-2007 — CMU
04-19-2007 — Bossa Nova at Down Town
Available for Your
Anniversary Party, Awards Night, Bar/Lounge, Birthday Party, Club/Nightclub, Concert Venue, Dinner Dance, Festival, Fundraiser, Private Party
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