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Either as a trio, quartet or the whole band, we'll bring you the most beautiful Jazz, Latin, and Bossa Nova tunes in English, Portuguese, or Spanish. Our vocalists will charm your guests and uplift your gathering, with such hits as Mas Que Nada and Agua De Beber, or create a relaxed and elegant atmosphere with softer ballads. If your event is more on the Latin side, we have a mix of romantic and danceable boleros: Bésame Mucho, Frenesí, and Sway. You may also choose an all instrumental set. Whether you aim for an intimate or grand event, Along for the Ride will adapt to your budget and surpass your expectations with style & professionalism.
A made a last minute decision to book a band for my party. They were the perfect choice for my evening/ birthday event. Very pleasant and professional group. I gave them a list of my favorite songs before the event and they took care of it.
Thank you Gloria !!!
Gloria and her team were a pleasure to work with. They made life easy and were super professional from start to finish. They sounded great and added the perfect Bossa Nova vibe to our Sunday brunch - everyone loved it from my Brazilian cousins to the friends visiting from Texas :)
I scheduled them for my wedding day and they were outstanding. Their performance is great, the band was on time and are easy to get a hold of when I had questions. I highly recommend them to anyone who listens to Brazilian jazz or even just jazz music in general.
Gloria was wonderful for our Hispanic Heritage Month virtual event. She told stories and the entertainment from the band was great! Big thank you and we hope to have you in person next year!
A group of very talented singers and musicians who capture the soul of Bossa Nova in a very engaging and rhythmic foot-tapping fashion. A joy to listen to!
We had a blast up here in the AV. My wife, my kid and I enjoyed the live show in quartz hill. Come back soon!
Very professional band.
Authentic Brazilian bossa nova and other Brazilian and Latin styles.
Great repertoire with an outstanding selection of classics.
Excellent musicianship and sound quality.
5 stars entertainment for sure.
Seeing perform live to "Along for the Ride" band is always exquisite, a great learning experience, and fun. Their music is a mosaic of Latin-American rhythms and they have a big variety of songs from famous composers that go from Brasil to Mexico. On top of that, the band sings in Portuguese, Spanish, and English, making it fun for audiences to sing along. All musicians are great performers, very talented, and have had the experience to play in other bands. Gloria Arjona, the main vocalist, is a history professor, who enjoys sharing some anecdotes and historic facts of each song/composer, making it easier for listeners to understand the historic context behind each genre or songs. From the moment the band starts playing danceable bossa nova, bolero or jazz songs, the audience usually begins to dance all way through the night. I highly recommend this band, not because I have heard them play many times before, but because this one of the few local bands in Southern California that is always worth listening to, and yes, hop-on on the bus of Latin-jazz rhythms for a enjoyable ride!
Along the ride performed for our outdoor event which included Bossa Nova and Jazz music. The group was dynamic and the music performance made us dance.
From their interesting arrangements of long-time Bossa favorites to their well delivered harmonies, this band is the bomb. Perfect for any venue but especially effective in small intimate settings, I was so very happy to find them out performing again! Obrigada, Along for the Ride !
Price Range: $300 and up
Languages: English, Portuguese, Spanish
Phone Number: Call
What to Expect
2. Best sound equipment and technology (two band members are sound engineers)
3. Adjust band size to better fit your budget and/or space needs
4. Good presentation (we'll dress according to the nature of your event)
5. Music variety
6. MC experience (one of the singers has extensive experience as MC)
7. Bilingual (English/Spanish)
8. Flexibility and eagerness to make your event a success (your success is our success!)
9. We are willing to buy liability if your venue requires it
Along for the Ride tastefully blends Bossa Nova, Jazz, and Latin in the Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66 style. Our multilingual singers will charm your guests and bring to life your event with popular hits like Mas Que Nada, One Note Samba, Pais Tropical. We'll create a relaxed atmosphere with Desafinado, Corcovado, and the iconic Girl from Ipanema. If your event is more on the Latin side, we have a mix of romantic and upbeat boleros - Sway, Besame Mucho, and Frenesi. You may also select a combination of vocal and instrumental tunes that include classic jazz standards: On Green Dolphin Street, Autumn Leaves, Angel Eyes, & Summertime. Whether you are planning an intimate gathering, or a festival-like event, our band will assuredly meet your expectations with authenticity, groove & style. Tell us what you're envisioning we'll make it happen! *Instrumental jazz quartet option, at adjusted rates
Additional Booking Notes
We have our own sound equipment and some lighting. We are flexible to work with our equipment or the one you provide.
Past Booked Events
|August 20, 2022 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||Birthday Party|
|July 17, 2022 • 10:00am - 1:00pm||Rehearsal Dinner|
|November 15, 2021 • 11:30am - 12:00pm||Cultural Event|
|October 17, 2021 • 5:00pm - 6:00pm||Wedding Reception|
|September 29, 2021 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm||Virtual Event|
|September 11, 2021 • 5:00pm - 6:30pm||Birthday Party|
This is a partial list of Along for the Ride's repertoire:
A Night In Tunisia
A Ra (The Frog)
Ai Ai Ai Ai
Canto de Ossanha
Capullito de Alelí
Crickets Sing for Ana Maria (Os Grilos)
Cuando Vuelva a tu Lado
Girl From Ipanema
Historia de un amor
La Negra Noche
Mas Que Nada
My Favorite Things
My Funny Valentine
No me platiques más
No More Blues
One Note Samba
Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars
Sabor a Mí
Samba do Aviao
Solamente una Vez
Song For My Father
Take The A Train
Taste Of Honey
|Gloria Arjona||Vocals, MC, manager|
|Javier Arjona||bass, band leader, sound reinforcement|
|Taura Smith||piano, vocals|
|Tom Kipp||sax, flute|
Influences & Inspiration
Antonio Carlos Jobim
Astrud & Joao Gilberto
PA or access to install our own system