BATH – The Maine Jazz Alliance and the Chocolate Church Arts Center have teamed up to present the Latin jazz ensemble Enclave of Boston Saturday, June 7, as part of the annual fundraising LatinFest! event.

Opening at 7 p.m. at the arts center will be Maine’s own Dos Canosos y Otros (Two Gray-Haired Guys & Others).

Other LatinFest! activities:

At 2 p.m.: Latin dancing in the street with Antonio Garreton, known as Tony Zumba, certified Zumba instructor, at the First Federal Saving Bank parking lot near the waterfront in the downtown. Zumba is a fusion of Latin and international music, incorporating dance themes that create a dynamic, exciting, effective fitness system design for everyone. Garreton regularly teaches Zumba classes at Dance Works dance studio on Front Street. Dancing in the Street is free and open to the public. Garreton’s motto: “Ditch the workout and enjoy the fiesta.”

At 9 p.m.: After the concert, two restaurants in Bath will serve up light Latin fare and wine and after-party fun – Solo Bistro with the trio Dos Canosos y Otros upstairs and Maryellenz Vine St. Grill with the seven-piece band Primo Cubano. There is no cover charge for either of the after-parties.

Enclave is made up of Hilary Noble, vocals, flute and congas; Rebecca Cline, piano; Fernando Huergo, bass; and Steve Langone, drums.

Often described as fiery, refreshing and forward-sounding, the group’s music reflects diverse influences from both Afro-Latin traditions and the jazz genres. The quartet plays with a broad palette of free, fusion and post-bop jazz colors, as well as a wide range of Latin rhythms from Brazil, Argentina and Cuba.

The group’s first CD, “Enclave,” was released in October 2005 to widespread critical acclaim on ZOHO Music. Enclave has received airplay on WGBH (Boston), WEMU (Detroit), KUVO (Denver) and WSDS (San Diego), as well as stations internationally. The creative partnership of Noble and Cline shows itself in the finishing of each other’s musical sentences as they jointly conceive, compose and arrange the music.

Dos Canosos y Otros is lead by guitarist/educator Gary Wittner with Cuban vocalist Raul Freyre and his son, Rafael, on tres, congas and bass. Together, they perform traditional Latin songs, up-tempo salsa dance tunes and pop classics arranged in a Latin style. These musicians play, sing and use foot pedals for additional percussion, getting up to seven musical parts simultaneously. “It’s a very big sound for only a few people,” says Wittner.

Tickets are $23 in advance, $26 at the door. Call the Chocolate Church Arts Center, at 798 Washington St., at 442-8455. For more information, e-mail Maine Jazz Alliance at [email protected] or call 373-0306.


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