San Gabriel Social Club

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San Gabriel Social Club

San Gabriel Social Club (John Palocy band leader) is a group of 5 veteran Rochester musicians doing our version of favorite heart pounding and caliente Latin jazz/dance music of the 50s-80s.    The core of the group is our two percussionists,  Steve Gates and Don Sherman who lay down a hot groove and do some great solo work on drum set and all sorts of Latin percussion.  Gary Cummings “joins in the dance,” rock solid on bass, along with “montuno man” Palocy on piano.  Mostly the music is instrumental.  We sing a little, but most of the melodies are played by Al Biles on his dynamic trumpet.  Thanks to Tito Puente, Cal Tjader, Dizzy Gillespie, Mambo Kings, Santana and the rich Latino culture.