He is great very flexible and great to work with. The only suggestion that I would make is to check the culture of the party first before playing a song that doesn't apply. Not everybody that speaks Spanish is Mexican!!
He likes to refer to himself as playing JAZZ, ROCK, and FUNK, with a CONTEMPORARY LATIN FLAIR. But Al is much more than that. His act that can fill all of your music needs, well within your music budget!
Al's keyboards provide an entire rhythm section, and he always complements the music with horns. He is an accomplished vocalist, and employing 21st century technology with his electronic harmonizers, can add up to eight harmony voices to each arrangement. Self-contained with high quality professional sound reinforcement gear, TROPICAL MADNESS is your all-purpose turn-key band.
However, the greatest feature for our clients is that AL DIESTE sounds like an entire band that would cost four figures, but can do all of this for a FRACTION OF THE COST. Al offers much greater variety at a substantial discount.
Close your eyes, and Al sounds like a six piece band. Yes, AL DIESTE and TROPICAL MADNESS produces the sound of a six piece band all by himself. Drums, bass, guitars, synthesizers, horns, lead and background vocals, the whole enchilada. But seeing…and hearing…is believing!
For any size event, at any venue, within any price range, you can't go wrong with AL DIESTE. Night Clubs, Restaurants, Wineries, Weddings, Reunions, Parties, Corporate Events, he can do it all.
Al has hundreds of songs, performed in a wide variety of styles, sure to please everyone! Like client Julia wrote about a recent event at which Al played with his alter-ego band THE BABY BOOMERS, “You couldn't get a bigger selection unless you called 1-800 play any genre.”
DO YOU LIKE TRADITIONAL JAZZ?
Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughn, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Chet Baker, Nat King Cole
DO YOU PREFER MODERN SMOOTH JAZZ?
Dianna Krall, Grover Washington, Ray Charles, Chuck Mangione, Miles Davis, Rick Braun, David Sanborn, George Benson, A.C. Jobim
ARE YOU INTO THE 50'S?
Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Buddy Holly
HOW ABOUT THE 60'S?
The Beatles, The Kinks, The Drifters, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Roy Orbison, Aretha Franklin, Chubby Checker
DO YOU DIG THE 70'S?
Stevie Wonder, Three Dog Night, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Santana, Steve Miller, Deep Purple, Lou Reed, Diana Ross, Bill Withers, Creedence
RATHER GROOVE ON THE 80'S?
The Police, Men at Work, Blondie, Lionel Richie, The Pointer Sisters, Al Jarreau, Bob Marley, Billy Joel, Tom Petty, Phil Collins
LIKE A LITTLE COUNTRY-POP?
Eagles, Willie Nelson, Allman Brothers, Marshall Tucker, Jimmy Buffet, The Amazing Rhythm Aces, Linda Ronstadt
WANNA TRY SOME LATIN?
By request, he'll even throw in a bolero, cha-cha, or mambo ... sung in Spanish!
HAVING A CHRISTMAS PARTY?
Al has your favorite holiday tunes presented in traditional and modern jazz arrangements, as well as R&B and pop styles.
How can TROPICAL MADNESS do all of this? Al has university degrees in music, and is a former public school music teacher with years of experience. He is a well trained and highly skilled musician who has spent a lifetime honing his craft.
But that's not all. Al has played with numerous top name acts, such as jazz notables Bobby McFerrin, Barbara Morrison, Kevin Toney, Carl Anderson, Paul Contos, Mel Martin, Cornelius Bumpus, Afro-Cuban All Stars Juan DeMarcos, Ibrahim Ferrer, Pio Leiva, Compay Segundo, Amadito Valdez, Maracaibo Oriental ("The Buena Vista Social Club") at the Havana International Jazz Festival, and pop acts such as The Champs ("Tequila"), Chubby Checker ("The Twist"), The Platters ("The Great Pretender"), The Tams ("What Kind of Fool Do You Think I Am"), Buddy Miles ("Them Changes").
As a result, Al has an extensive network of countless musician friends who are ready, willing and able to embellish the act at any time. We have often played together on movie lots, in recording studios, and at big name concerts, so we are used to working closely with each other. They can join us with one easy phone call.
Al's is a flexible and easily expandable act. Would you like a lead guitarist for those up-beat rock 'n' roll tunes? Al works with a some of the area's best. Want a classy female vocalist up front? A trio is no problem. Feel the need for more percussion? We've got you covered. The boss has a big budget, the company has a big venue, and the gang wants a big band? Al can deliver!
So, if you are planning an event, from a quiet cocktail party to a lively wedding reception, and need to please a wide range of age groups, are not sure of which styles will be requested, or are concerned about the budget, look no more. AL DIESTE and TROPICAL MADNESS is your best choice for the MOST VERSATILE ACT, playing the WIDEST VARIETY OF MUSIC, at the MOST AFFORDABLE PRICE ... GUARANTEED