Within the pulsating heart of New York City's jazz scene emerges the unmistakable rhythms of Ricky Castillo's ensemble, a masterful blend of tradition and innovation. Castillo, a Havana-bred virtuoso who honed his craft under the tutelage of guitar legend Pat Martino, seamlessly melds the raw emotion of Cuban music and the intimate stories of the Buena Vista Social Club with the polished nuances of Latin Jazz, Bossa Nova, and Jazz Standards. His collaboration with Mayda Cuellar, an enchanting chanteuse from Havana's National School of Arts, adds layers of Son Cubano, salsa, and Latin pop to their repertoire. Together, they create a symphony that is as evocative of old Havana's streets as it is of New York's bustling avenues.
Available Band Formats:
Solo Latin Jazz Guitar
Experience the sultry rhythms and melodies of Latin America fused with the sophistication of jazz in this unique solo guitar format. Perfect for setting an intimate and refined atmosphere, the Solo Latin Jazz Guitar performance is an excellent choice for small gatherings, dinners, cocktail hours, or any event where a touch of elegance and world flavor is desired. Let the strings weave a story of passion, romance, and musical artistry, creating unforgettable moments for your guests. Ideal for those seeking a subtle yet captivating musical backdrop.
Latin Duo (Instrumental)
Experience the rich dance of Latin melodies with our instrumental Latin Duo. With harmonious interplay between two instruments, this ensemble adds warmth and vibrancy to any event. Ideal for intimate dinners or sophisticated gatherings where Latin flair is desired.
Latin Duo (With Voice)
Our Latin Duo with voice combines stirring vocals with musical harmony, delivering both emotion and Latin culture. Perfect for events seeking a mix of ambiance and narrative, this duo offers both instrumental finesse and captivating vocals.
Latin Trio (Instrumental)
Immerse in the deeper harmony of our instrumental Latin Trio. Three instruments intertwine, delivering a layered Latin soundscape. A top pick for events desiring richness without vocals, yet maintaining that Latin essence.
Latin Trio (With Voice)
Experience the vibrant union of voice and instruments with our Latin Trio. Capturing the heart and soul of Latin melodies, this ensemble adds depth to any gathering, where music is both a backdrop and a centerpiece.
Traditional Cuban Trio
Dive into authentic Cuban rhythms with our Traditional Cuban Trio. Comprising a guitarist, a vocalist, and a master of the Cuban tres, Yuniel Jimenez, this ensemble paints vivid musical tales of Cuba's rich heritage. It's a timeless journey perfect for aficionados or anyone looking to add genuine Cuban flair to their event.
Latin Jazz Quartet
Dive into the lively melodies and spirited rhythms of our Latin Jazz Quartet. Marrying the passionate essence of Latin beats with the refined sophistication of jazz, this ensemble promises an electrifying auditory experience. Perfect for high-end gatherings where ambiance, energy, and elegance converge, they deliver a performance that captures the heart and soul of Latin America. Elevate your event with a truly captivating Latin Jazz showcase.
Evoke the refined elegance of Havana nights with our Cuban Quartet. This ensemble encapsulates the rich tapestry of Cuban musical traditions, setting an ambience of sophistication and charm. Perfect for high-end events where the aura demands a touch of class infused with genuine Caribbean melodies, the quartet is a journey into timeless elegance.
Unleash the vibrant rhythms of the Caribbean with our Cuban Quintet. Tailored for dance-driven, high-end parties, this ensemble infuses each beat with energy, turning any event into a lively Cuban fiesta. When the dance floor calls and the night yearns for electrifying rhythms, the quintet is your ideal choice for an unforgettable celebration.
La Banda (Customized Format for Your Event):
Have a unique musical vision for your celebration? With "La Banda," we tailor our ensemble to match your dreams, ensuring every rhythm, harmony, and melody resonates with your event's spirit. Whatever musical journey you envision, "La Banda" is committed to delivering a bespoke experience that truly elevates your gathering. Your imagination, paired with our artistry, creates an unforgettable musical symphony.
*If insurance coverage for my performance is requested by you or the venue, I am willing to purchase the necessary insurance. However, the cost of such insurance will be billed to the purchaser.