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Salsamba performing on stage. Salsamba is an accomplished Latin Jazz Quintet that fuses authentic Latin-American rhythms with the harmonic and melodic sophistication of contemporary American jazz. 

The group, capable of many musical moods, entertains its listeners with percussive and melodic improvisation of the highest quality. Larger than the sum of five musicians, Salsamba remains committed to both traditional integrity and daring innovation. 

Much of the band’s music is arranged and composed by Eric Susoeff, with other repertoire including songs by the finest Latin and jazz composers such as Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Antonio Carlos Jobim & Ivan Lins.

Now in its 27th year, Salsamba performs at clubs, festivals and colleges throughout the United States. The group has opened for many national and international stars, such as Latin jazz king Tito Puente, guitarists John Scofield & Stanley

Jordan, Caribbean steel drum player Andy Narell  and flutist Dave Vallentin.

As a headliner, Salsamba has appeared in many jazz clubs throughout the nation, as well as at jazz festivals and more than 40 colleges and public schools. The band also has offered workshops on mambo, cha-cha, Afro-Cuban six-eight, bolero, samba, bossa nova, calypso, and merengue, as well as jazz improvisation clinics on all instruments. 

Salsamba was featured on National Public Radio's American Jazz Radio Festival program, which aired nationwide to more than 125 member stations, and the band hs appeared on public television shows such as Live From Studio A on WQED-TV.

Salsamba has released six recordings of its music going back to 1988’s debut album, Mambo in Blue The group's second recording, Mambo del Sol, was released in 1994,  Latinventions in 1999, The Traveler in 2003, and Brazilia in 2007. Salsamba just released its sixth CD, Mojito Blues, which include guest appearances by renowned Brazilian vocalist Kenia, as well as rising jazz trumpet star Sean Jones.  

The band’s 7th CD of all original compositions by leader

Susoeff is under way.


  • Guitarist Eric Susoeff (leader and music director).
  • Conga player George Jones (co-leader).
  • Multi-saxophonist and flutist Eric DeFade.
  • Bassist Paul Thompson.
  • Drummer Thomas Wendt.

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Tickets will be available at Cal U on the day of the festival; no advance ticket sales are planned. Members of the campus community will be admitted free with a valid CalCard.

Parking is included in the ticket price, and food can be purchased on campus.

Less than an hour’s drive from Pittsburgh, California University is easy to reach via major highways and Toll Route 43. 

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