Brian Andres and the Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel

Taking our picnic basket and lawn chair out of the trunk of our car, a man yelled across the street, “Hey, are  you going to the salsa concert? I’m a salsa instructor and looking for someone to dance with!”

It was less a pick up line than the enthusiasm shown by the dozen or so serious salsa dancers who showed up at Fremont Park tonight to hear Brian Andres (on drums) and the Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel.

Showing off their dance moves was not easy for them. As is the case at most Fremont Park summer concerts, most of the dancers who immediately seized the dance floor were the six and under set, largely girls joined by a few free-spirited boys. That made it difficult for the serious adult dancers to display their talents.

Most of them hugged the western most sidewalk. Partners where exchanged. Spirits were high. And the dancing was constant from first to the last song.

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Brian Andres & Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel at Fremont Park on July 27

Band leader and drummer Brian Andres is bringing his Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel to Fremont Park on July 27 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm.  According to the band’s website, the group’s music extends the Bay Area’s Latin Jazz history begun by artists such as Cal Tjader and John Santos. Their CD, Drummers Speak, features all original […]

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