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Forged in Mexico City and now transplanted to Baltimore, Downtown Tumbao’s sound is one of borderlands that merge Afro-Caribbean beats, creating an original, synergistic mix of Jazz, Bossa Nova, Swing, Bolero and Son. They scale up to their full band for large events and trim down to their quartet for more intimate settings.
Price Range: $1000 and up
Gig Length: 60 - 240 minutes
Languages: English, Portuguese, Spanish
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What to Expect
Downtown Tumbao offers a vibrant show of HOT Latin and Jazz music. We are as experienced and skillful as we are fun! Our largest ensemble of six players includes vocals, sax, keyboards, bass guitar, drums and percussion. We can scale down to a quartet of vocals, piano, bass guitar and percussion. We perform Latin Jazz, Jazz standards and Latin music that spans five decades. Chuco Mendoza brings 50 years of performing expertise to his musical direction that inspires creative interactions across the stage.
Chuco Mendoza's almost 40 years of performance experience includes venues like the Hollywood Bowl, Teatro Alves in Bahía, Brazil, Mexico City's Bellas Artes Palace, its National Auditorium as well as the Metropolitan Theater, to name a few. He has toured across Europe, the U.S. and Latin America with artists like Latin Grammy winner Lila Downs, Tania Libertad, Ricky Martin, Salvador "El Negro" Ojeda, y Oscar Chavez, among many others. He participates in several ensembles in the Baltimore/Washington region. Chuco’s sound is the cement that binds the rhythm and the harmony and gives Downtown Tumbao its identity.
Percussionist & drummer Bruno Lucini is open to world's cultural diversity and its wide vocabulary of rhythms and instruments. As a world-fusion musician he performs in a unique hybrid/mix set of percussion & drums, showcasing coordination, independence and Polyrhythm. From Rio - Brazil he plays Samba, Forro, Bossa and Brazilian Jazz, as well as Salsa, Son, Songo, Timba, and Latin Jazz. Performs in DC/New York area with well-known groups like Origem (Lucini Bros), Veronneau, Nanny Assis, Alfredo Mojica and more. Bruno has performed at nationally recognized places such as Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, DC Duke Ellington Jazz Fest, Sculpture Garden Jazz DC, Blues Alley, Smithsonian Jazz Cafe, Howard Theater and Silver Spring Jazz Fest.
Sarah Taylor Cook, classically trained and nurtured in the bosom of Jazz in New Orleans, is a crossover performer who launched her professional career in Mexico City. The gritty lounge scene in El DF, informs her estilo picaresco: an unforgettable chemistry with her bandmates that infects her audience. Sarah’s recent projects include collaborations with Valeria Rojas on her forthcoming album Río Revuelto, Trío La Reunión: with Valeria, and Flora Pasquet, performances with Joao Enrique and Dorio Ferreira, and Jorge García Montemayor, pillars of the Mexico City Jazz and Blues scenes, and of course her performances with the Mexico City version of Downtown Tumbao with Chuco, Baldomero Jiménez and Mauricio Blass.
Upcoming Booked Events
|May 20, 2022 • 7:00pm - 11:00pm||Downtown Tumbao At Maximon Stage|
|May 27, 2022 • 7:00pm - 11:00pm||Downtown Tumbao At Maximon Stage|
Past Booked Events
|May 13, 2022 • 7:00pm - 11:00pm||Downtown Tumbao At Maximon Stage|
|May 06, 2022 • 7:00pm - 11:00pm||Downtown Tumbao At Maximon Stage|
|May 05, 2022 • 8:00pm - 11:00pm||5 de Mayo at Simple Bar and Grill|
Qué me pasa?
Capullo de Alelí
Por qué te empeñas
Workin' in a Coal Mine
Cuando vuelva a tu lado
Aquarela do Brasil
Popurrí de cha cha chá
Tiburón a la Vista
Don't Get Around Much Anymore
Na batucada da vida
They Can't Take That Away From Me
Every day I have the Blues
Cry me a river
Banana Split for My Baby
Influences & Inspiration
Our influences include Benny Moré and Pérez Prado, Gal Costa, Celia Cruz and Rubén Blades, Sam Cooke, Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington and Eva Cassidy.
We can provide sound and lights for your event.