Wild Mango

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The rhythms of the world are combined through the heavily syncopated music of Oakland, CA-based septet Wild Mango. Performing a mixture of traditional tunes, including "La Bamba"; the Egyptian tune "Salem…
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The rhythms of the world are combined through the heavily syncopated music of Oakland, CA-based septet Wild Mango. Performing a mixture of traditional tunes, including "La Bamba"; the Egyptian tune "Salem Alei"; pop classics (Burt Bacharach and Hal David's "The Look of Love); and original songs, the group crafts a seamless blend of international sounds. The members of Wild Mango are all veterans of the San Francisco Bay Area music scene. Percussionist Michaelle Goerlitz, who specializes in Latin and Brazilian rhythms, has played and/or recorded with Adriana Moreno, Soul Sauce, Orquesta Once, Patrick Palomo, Barbara Higbie, Rhiannon, and the Blazing Redheads.

Electric bassist Jan Martinelli has appeared on more than two dozen albums and has worked with Holly Near, Linda Tillery, Terry Garthwaite, Robin Flower, and the Blazing Redheads.

Woodwind player and vocalist Donna Viscuso has been equally inspired by the saxophone playing of Maceo Parker and Hank Crawford as well as by jazz flute players Dave Valentin, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, and Herbie Mann. A former member of Los Angelitos, keyboardist Bob Crawford has toured with Michael Franti's band Spearhead.

Electric violinist and vocalist Sandi Poindexter is a much-respected jazz musician who toured with Dizzy Gillespie and Joe Williams. She continues to balance her involvement with Wild Mango with appearances with John Handy's Class and the Cuban band Orquesta La Moderna TradiciĆ³n. Lead singer Gloria Amaral hails from a background in gospel music and Latin groups. She spent three years with the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, one year with the organization's ensemble, and worked with salsa bands including Ra dian te, Candela, and Cadencia. An all-female group she helped form, Dulce Mambo, has since merged with Orquesta Once.

Wild Mango's drummer, Curt Moore, has performed on numerous commercials and jingles and has worked with Chuck Berry, Ray Brown, and Bernadette Peters. A teacher in the jazz school at University of California in Berkeley, Moore is the co-leader of the Latin jazz band Soul Sauce.