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Chris Washburne & SYOTOS CD Celebration Tour Begins July 29 At Smoke!

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SYOTOS plays with fire and erudition! --New York Times
Chris Washburne & SYOTOS kick off their CD Celebration Tour with special guest Brazilian piano virtuoso Andre Mehmari on July 29 at Smoke Jazz & Supper Club.

July 29 at 7:00pm
Smoke Jazz & Supper Club
CD Release Gig!
2751 Broadway, NYC 10025

Additional Dates

Thursday, July 30
The Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College - Spiegeltent 2015, Annandale-On-Hudson, New York, 8PM.

Friday, July 31
The Catskill Jazz Factory at the Onteora Theater in Tannersville, New York, 8PM

Saturday, August 1
The Catskill Jazz Factory at Villa Vosilla in Tannnersville, New York, 8PM

Low Ridin' - the debut CD of Chris Washburne & The SYOTOS Band for ZOHO—has been creating a buzz, being featured on WBGO's “Radar" preview spotlight, on the NPR Music homepage and maintaining a healthy presence on the Jazz Week jazz charts.

Low Ridin' showcases Latin Jazz instrumental versions of 1960s and 70s Classic Rock songs—called Acid Mambo by its musicians. Afro-Latin jazz on a psychedelic trip! Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, the Doors etc.—meet Tito Puente! The band's name “SYOTOS" is a word coined by Chris Washburne in 1992, created as an acronym for “See You On The Other Side"—a term which has subsequently been widely used as military jargon among computer gamers.

Chris Washburne & SYOTOS

SYOTOS Personnel on Low Ridin'
Chris Washburne - trombone
John Walsh - trumpet
Ole Mathisen - saxophones
Yeissonn Villamar - piano, keyboards
Leo Traversa - bass
Vince Cherico - drums, percussion
Oreste Abrantes - percussion
Roberto Quintero - percussion
Isa Washburne - percussion
August Washburne - electric guitar

S.Y.O.T.O.S. was founded in 1992 by trombonist Chris and features some of the best Latin jazz players in New York City. SYOTOS pushes the genre of Latin Jazz into uncharted waters with a postmodern mix that embraces dissonance, weaving contemporary up-tempo beats with a driving sound. This boundary-breaking band exemplifies Latin jazz with a global reach, combining Afro-Cuban, funk, jazz, gospel, and contemporary classical music—"think Tito Puente meets James Brown meets Charles Ives!" TimeOut New York calls the group “a Latin jazz institution" as they held the longest running Latin jazz gig in New York, performing weekly for 20 years straight. The band's members are alumni from the bands of Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, and Ray Barretto and they continue with the foundations inherited by those Latin music greats, pushing the genre in the 21st century.

Praise for Chris Washburne

“Chris Washburne is a young talent most deserving wider recognition." —Howard Mandel, Jazz Critic for Downbeat and Village Voice

“Chris Washburne is a superior hard bop player..." —Scott Yanow, All Music Guide

“Trombonist Chris Washburne... an excellent player..." —Ben Ratliff, New York Times

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