Pa’lante At A Glance – our press kit

A Pa’lante Sampler! Some spicy tapas for your ears!

Salsa con Sabor and Fiery Latin Jazz in Portland, Oregon

PA’LANTE plays a fiery, potent mix of highly danceable, uplifting salsa and Latin jazz. Their music ignites audience participation with its irresistible Afro Cuban, Latin, and Caribbean rhythms and its big 9-piece band sound.

A rich multicultural experience, a Pa’lante concert reflects the influences of Cuban and Latin music masters like Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri and Mongo Santamaria, as well as the modern trends in Cuban and Caribbean music.

The band is beloved by dancers for their high-spirited presentation of salsa, timba, merengue, Cuban son, cumbia, cha cha cha and other danceable styles. The musicians are outstanding players, deeply accomplished in Latin music and jazz. They may even surprise you from time to time with an Afro Cuban folkloric number, always a treat.

The dancers were out in full force at Dawson Park!

“To hear Pa’lante is to experience Latin music in its organic, authentic form which immediately speaks to the multi rhythmic tempos and melodies that propel you to dance.

“Even if you are sitting down or don’t know how to mambo-salsa, Pa’lante makes you want to try.”

Marcia Hocker,  Jazz Radio Host, Vocalist, and past board member, PDX Jazz

Pa’lante has performed to wide acclaim all over the Portland area, Willamette Valley and Southwest Washington, including being invited to open for such Latin luminaries as Tito Puente and Mongo Santamaria.

Variations: Pa’lante can provide delightful musical pairings for your events – whether a concert, wine or craft beer tasting, picnic, wedding, celebration or festival! We tailor our size and sound to your needs, from an intimate straight-ahead jazz trio or quartet with a Latin flavor, to our Latin jazz quintet, on up to the highly danceable “full strength” 9 or 10-piece band rich with uplifting, irresistible salsa, Afro-Cuban and Caribbean rhythms.

 A huge crowd braved 100 degree weather for Pa’lante’s concert at the Cathedral Park Jazz Festival.

A Few of Our Past Shows:

  • Cinco De Mayo at Portland Waterfront

  • Cathedral Park Jazz Festival

  • Mt. Hood Festival of Jazz

  • Jack London Revue

  • Showtime at Shute (Hillsboro)

  • Bumbershoot

  • The Crystal Ballroom and other McMenamin’s venues

  • Portland Parks including Dawson, McCoy, Holladay Park, South Park Blocks, Mt. Tabor, Washington Park

  • Tuesday Marketplace in Hillsboro

  • Streets of Tanasbourne

  • Celebrate Hillsboro

  • Washington Park Zoo

  • Tigard Latin Festival

  • Hawthorne, Multnomah and Other Street Fairs

  • Oregon City First City Celebration

  • Rose Festival

  • Dayton Friday Nights

  • Ardenwald Neighborhood Concert Series

  • Oregon Country Fair

  • The Red Rose Ballroom

  • Many local music venues, weddings indoors and out, quinceaneras, parties, bar and bat mitzvahs and celebrations of all kinds.