DATE: Saturday, July 30th, 2018
EVENT: JAZZ in the PARK
STAGE: Fiesta Stage
ADDRESS: Simcoe Park – 169 King St. Niagara-on-the-Lake
TIME: 4pm – 4:45pm
TICKET PRICE: FREE * Bring your own lawn chair
Zach Preston – Guitar, Composer, Band Leader, Back up vocals
William – Bass Guitar
Laura Varela – Lead Vocals, Auxilary Percussion
Jimmy Dominguez – Lead Percussion/Conga player, Back up vocals
Michael Morabito – Saxophonist
A fusion of Latin Caribbean rhythms with a nylon string guitar as the lead instrument. Featuring Original compositions as well as Latin Classics.
An Old Havana feel mixed with Rumba Flamenco.
Fusing the rhythms of Latin America and Spanish Flamenco, Zach Preston brings a new perspective on modern Spanish guitar. With intricate melodies and a tradition of honed technique originating from hundreds of years of Spain’s Mediterranean heritage, Zach connects Latin America with Spain; countries that reside an ocean apart, but share a common musical harmony.
Canadian born, Zach was soon to leave his comfort zone with the goal of learning more of Spanish and Latin American music and culture so as to better create a current and modern portrayal of what this music is, and its potential. After living in Spain, Zach ventured into Latin America where he absorbed the rhythms of Puerto Rico, Cuba, Colombia and Mexico to mesh them into a style reminiscent of Hispanic America’s and Spain’s fiery heritage.
“Estilo Cohiba” is the name Zach gave to his band that backs him up. It consists of seasoned percussionists from Cuba and Colombia as well as Bass guitar and Alto Saxophone.
Zach Preston -Guitarist, Studied music between Canada, Latin America and Spain.
William Preston – Currently study Jazz Bass at Humber College in Toronto
Laura Varela – Originally from Bogota Colombia, currently between Canada and Colombia while studying vocal music at Bellas Artes, Barranquila in the Carribean Coast of Colombia.
Jimmy Dominguez – Originally from the Carribean Coast of Colombia, for 20 years spent time playing and touring in Europe with his Salsa Band.
Michael Morabito – Currently studying Jazz Saxophone at Mohawk College.
Zach Preston created his Latin Fusion Group “Estilo Cohiba” in 2014. Between Jazz, Son Cubano, Salsa, Cumbia, Flamenco and other latin style he portrays his ideas and artistic vision. Featuring musicians from both Canada and Colombia. Zach currently splits his time between Niagara and the Caribbean Colombian Coast where you can also find a version of his group performing during the winter months.
Zach Preston – Niagara Music awards Instrumentalist of the Year 2015