Founded in early 2006, Jazz del Barrio has played numerous venues in and around Denver including City of Denver's Audio Picnic and Latino Rhythms, the Colorado Music Summit, Herman's Hideaway, The Walnut Room and the Chapultepec Too to name a few.
The band was started by Vince Vigil and Manuel Roybal, who played together in the group "Pasion" starting in 1999. From there they provided music for theatrical performances at El Centro Su Teatro, King Center at Auraria and Stories on Stage, working with Tony Garcia, Daniel Valdez, Dee Burlson, and Jose Mercado. With their increasing popularity, they decided to put together their own band with their own style of Latin jazz, funky jazz and original songs when Nelson Soto joined, a very experienced conguero originally from Puerto Rico.
Since Manuel left the band in 2008 to concentrate on acting, Vince, who has over 30 years experience, has taken control of the musical direction. Manuel has been replaced by James Hurtado who writes music and has an original project of his own. The band has since pumped up the high energy funk element while keeping the Latin and Jazz elements, creating a new Latin Funk/Jazz Funk dance music.
The group has played with various configurations by adding keyboards and various guest musicians. This band now works as a six to seven piece dance band with horns.
Jazz del Barrio has recorded a demo with two original songs. We have live recordings from performances available upon request, and a video of one of our songs with a guest vocalist. More original songs/recordings with new members coming soon.
Get Up (Sex Machine)
Just the Two of Us (Salsa Version)
The Ghetto (medley)
Cumbia del Sol
Me Estan Llamando
Empezando a Gozar
and more on the way