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Ricky Castillo Latin Guitarist from Manhattan, NY

Will travel up to 500 miles

  • Avg 5.0 | 6 Reviews
  • 12 Verified Bookings
  • Member Since 2014
  • 4 Awards & Badges
  • Virtual Services Offered
  • Accepts Online Payment
  • Starting at $450 per event

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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. Cuban Quartet: 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. Cuban Quintet: 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.

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Review by Enid O.

Birthday Party (Adult)Reviewed on November 12, 2023From New Canaan, CT

He did an amazing job. It was exactly what we were looking for. He is so incredibly talented and set up the vibe for an incredible evening.

Ricky Castillo:

Hello Enid, thanks so much for your time and review, appreciate it! Best wishes for now! R

Review by Adrya S.

Wedding Cocktail HourReviewed on October 1, 2023From Danbury, CT

The duo was incredible! Exceeded all expectations and made our cocktail hour so special. Thank you for a wonderful performance!

Ricky Castillo:

Hello Adrya, thanks so much for your time and review, appreciate it! Best wishes for now! R

Review by Ruben C.

Birthday Party (Adult)Reviewed on July 17, 2023From Manhattan, NY

i hired ricky’s dúo and i can’t recommend his services enough! his communication was perfect and thorough. he even learned new music for our event! very impressed and blown away. will book again!!!

Ricky Castillo:

Hello Ruben, thanks so much for your time and review, appreciate it! Best wishes for now! R

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  • Flor Pálida | Mark Anthony
  • Preciosa | Mark Anthony
  • Yolanda | Pablo Milanes
  • Just the two of us | Bill Withers
  • Viva la Vida | Cold Play
  • Oye Como Va | TIto Puente
  • Dile a Catalina | Arsenio Rodríguez
  • Shape of my Heart | Sting
  • Calle Tacón | Mayda Cuellar & Ricky Castillo
  • Costumbres | Juan Gabriel
  • El Carnaval | Celia Cruz
  • Bachata Rosa | Juan Luis Guerra
  • Ojalá que Llueva Café | Juan Luis Guerra
  • Burbujas de Amor | Juan Luis Guerra
  • A Pedir Su Mano | Juan Luis Guerra
  • All of Me | John Legend
  • A Thousand Years | Christina Perri
  • Bruma | Ricky Castillo
  • Reyna de los Mares | Ricky Castillo
  • Contigo en la Distancia | César Portillo de la Luz
  • El Manisero | Moisés Simons
  • Ain't no sunshine | Bill Withers
  • All the things you are | Jerome Kern
  • Autum Leaves | Joseph Kosma
  • Back to Black | Amy Winehouse
  • Besame mucho | Consuelo Velazquez
  • Blue Bossa | Kenny Dorham
  • Caballo Viejo | Simon Diaz
  • Chan Chan | Compay Segundo
  • Clocks | Buena Vista Social Club
  • Come Together | Beatles
  • Dos Gardenias | Buena Vista Social Club
  • El Carretero | Buena Vista Social Club
  • El cuarto de tula | Buena Vista Social Club
  • El Punto Cubano | Celina y Reutilio
  • Every breath you take | Sting
  • Fly me to the moon | Bart Howart
  • Fragilidad | Sting
  • Guantanamera | José Fernández Díaz
  • Havana | Camila Cabello
  • Hit the road Jack | Percy Mayfield
  • Inolvidable | Armando Manzanero
  • Ipanema Girl | Antonio Carlos Jobin
  • Kiss from a Rose | Seal
  • Mambo Influenciado | Irakere
  • Mis sentimientos | Los Zafiros
  • Pintate los labios maria | Buena Vista Social Club
  • Reyna de los mares | Ricky Castillo
  • Romance | Anonimo
  • Son de la loma | Miguel Matamoros
  • Sweetest Tabu | Sade
  • Take five | Paul Desmond
  • Tears in Heaven | Eric Clapton

Booked Events 

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Upcoming Events

April 21, 2024 • Bridal Shower
Sun1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Morristown, NJ
May 12, 2024 • Celebration
Sun1:30 PM - 5:00 PM New York City, NY
June 8, 2024 • Celebration
Sat4:30 PM - 7:30 PM Warren, NJ

Past Events

November 11, 2023 • Birthday Party (Adult)
Sat5:00 PM - 7:00 PM New Canaan, CT
September 30, 2023 • Wedding Cocktail Hour
Sat5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Danbury, CT
September 14, 2023 • Private Event
Thu5:00 PM - 6:30 PM New York, NY
August 12, 2023 • Private Event
Sat5:30 PM - 8:30 PM New York, NY
August 6, 2023 • Private Party
Sun6:00 PM - 8:00 PM New York, NY
July 16, 2023 • Birthday Party (Adult)
Sun6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Manhattan, NY
June 17, 2023 • Manchego
Sat6:00 PM - 10:00 PM North Bergen, NJ
May 27, 2023 • SOB's
Sat6:00 PM - 10:00 PM Manhattan, NY
April 27, 2023 • Corporate Function
Thu5:30 PM - 8:00 PM Camden, NJ

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