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Orquesta GarDel Evolves Its Latin-Fusion Sound

Orquesta GarDel
DL Anderson
Orquesta GarDel

Orquesta GarDel has been playing a type of high-energy Latin and jazz fusion for ten years. However, the 13-piece band has gone through several iterations as band members have come and gone, but the group has maintained its mission to bring traditional Latin sounds with jazz influences to local audiences.

Host Frank Stasio talks with the group's co-director Eric Hirsh and lead vocalist Christina Alamo about the band's progress.

Orquesta GarDel also performs live in the studio with Hirsh on keyboard and vocals; Alamo on lead vocals; Pete Kimosh on bass; Andy Kleindienst on trombone and vocals; Brevan Hampden on congas and Juan Alamo on bongos.

Orquesta GarDel performs tonight at Motorco Music Hall in Durham at 9 p.m.

Charlie Shelton-Ormond is a podcast producer for WUNC.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
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