Zapato Negro
for booking contact:
Jeff Turner
604-662-4144 x221
AUDIO SAMPLES from the CD - Zapato Negro
Stage Plot

Zapato Negro

Zapato Negro
Global Blend of Afro-Cuban Rhythms & Jazz
West Coast Music Awards:
Nominee Outstanding Jazz Recording
Whether as a duo, trio, quartet or quintet, Zapato Negro has built a reputation internationally with its own exciting blend of progressive jazz and Afro-Caribbean rhythms. Their eclectic and exciting concert repertoire includes original compositions, underplayed jazz standards done in clave, and classics of Latin Music reworked, reharmonized or re-rhythmicized in jazz. Their live debut album "Zapato Negro", which was nominated as “Outstanding Jazz Recording of the Year” in 2007 by the Western Canadian Music Awards, is available on Cellar Live records, and at the venues in which they perform.

Their live debut CD "Zapato Negro", which was recently nominated as “Outstanding Jazz Recording of the Year” at the Western Canadian Music Awards, is available on Cellar Live Records.

'Tis rare in today's market of “one-hit wonders” and rhythmically sedated tunes that an entire disc exudes a high level of band cohesion, skill, and creativity. Zapato Negro bucks that doleful trend by offering a collage of bright, fresh melodies and rhythms as evidenced by the live audience's reaction during and after each track. This production is indeed an aural gem. “
- Eddie Becton “Jazz Journey” KXLU, Los Angeles

Zapato Negro is:

André Carrasquero – Piano
Pianist/Composer André Carrasquero was born in Montréal and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. He began his career there as a studio musician in 1983, which led him to become a producer for himself and others, and a composer for film and TV. In 1994, his album Tudo Brasil was nominated for the ‘Premio Casa del Artista' for Best Independent Production. Throughout the 1990s, he performed with the André Carrasquero Trio, the Solera Jazz Band, and the Tudo Brasil Band. On returning to Canada in 1998, André became active in the local music scene, and he is currently the music director of Susana Williams' Latin Jazz quartet. He has shared the stage with such legendary musicians as Arturo Sandoval, Eddie Daniels, and Nestor Torres.

Allan Johnston – Bass
Bassist/composer Allan Johnston has performed with many of Vancouver's finest Jazz and Latin ensembles, including his own acclaimed septet Grupo Jazz Tumbao, JUNO- Nominee Rumba Calzada, Orquesta La Clave, Orquesta Goma Dura, Hugh Fraser and VEJI, Seattle’s Orquesta Nueva Era and Cambalache, and many others. He has also been privileged to perform with many of the giants of Latin Music, including NY Salsa legend and Fania All-Star Larry Harlow, Grammy winner Lalo Rodriguez, Luisito Carrión, Ray Sepulveda, Johnny Rivera, Tito Rojas, and Cuban piano wizard Ernán Lopez-Nussa. For over three decades, he has studied and performed Latin Music in its places of origin, including Cuba, Puerto Rico and New York City.

Juan Encinales – Drums
Born and raised in Cali, Colombia, Juan Encinales grew up surrounded by salsa and bolero music in his home. This music helped spark the curiosity for art that led him to start searching out, attending music camps at a young age. Having been exposed to genres such as salsa, rock, soul, funk, jazz, and Colombian folk music early on, his playing has grown to reflect the diverse array of music he grew up listening to. In Colombia, he began studying music under the mentorship of Jaime Henao, and drummer Harold Orozco. After making Vancouver his home, he attended Capilano University's Bachelor of Jazz Studies program, and had the chance to be part of their premier jazz ensemble, "A Band", performing in concert with Donny McCaslin, Ambrose Akinmusire, Maria Schneider, and others. Currently, Juan is an active performer in the Vancouver music scene, working with many jazz, latin jazz, and salsa groups, including Zapato Negro (Canada), Adonis Puentes (Cuba/Canada), and Brisas del Palmar (Cuba).

Jack Duncan – Congas
“Jakito” is one of the most accomplished percussionists in Canada. Music has taken Jack around the world, including first-hand study with master drummers in countries such as Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso, Gambia, Cuba and Colombia. He has produced, composed, recorded, and toured internationally with groups such as Chicago, Spirit of the West, Hugh Fraser's V.E.J.I, John Korsrud's Hard Rubber Orchestra and Sekoya. In addition, he is the leader of the Afro-Cuban ensembles Shango Ashé, and "Tambor Iroko". His awards include a JUNO for his work on Alpha 'Yaya' Diallo's album, The Messenger. His credits for film and television soundtracks include Ratatouille, The L Word, The Sentinel, and as a consultant on Santeria for Saved.

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