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Rocambu Jazz

Named one of “11 Bands Not to Miss During Chicago’s World Music Festival” 

by choosechicago.com

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“An unexpected delight. Yves combines the energy and exuberance of American Jazz

with the effervescent dance music of French Africa”

First Night Evanston 2012

PERFORMING NEW YEARS EVE 9:30pm at FIRST NIGHT EVANSTON

ROCAMBU JAZZ is a dance band that was formed in 2001 by Yves Francois, Ben Lansing and Michael Tooles.  The band performs Retro African, Latin and Caribbean grooves.

They explore the rhythms of the African Diaspora  such as:

  • biguine
  • calypso
  • conga
  • rumba
  • highlife
  • samba
  • son
  • New Orleans
  • West African

MYSTIFIED- © 2014 Yves Francois

 

TAXI DRIVER Traditional West African Song

 

BOPESA YE LITEYA  From Congo by Jeannot Bombenga

 

UN DEUX TROIS YEP Conga by Filiberto Rico

 

DIARABY Guinean Jazz Song written by Kélétigui Traoré

 

NEW CD  Available Now at all shows

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PAST PERFORMANCES:                                   

Governors State University

World Music Festival, Chicago 2014 Opened for Banda Magda

Chicago Cultural Center, Noontime Series

Clark Street Festival, Rogers Park Chicago

Howard Street Festival, Rogers Park, Chicago

Black History Month Celebration, Crystal Park

Art Institute, Chicago

 Bastille Days, Milwaukee

First Night, Evanston

Pike River Benefit Concert Series at Hawthorn Hollow, Kenosha

Performed regularly at The Hot House Chicago, Quenchers Saloon. and Le Relaias

CURRENT MEMBERS:

 

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              Yves Francois      Trumpet

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   Bonbonfera Tim Keenan    Percussion

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  Michael Tooles     Percussion

 

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Ben Lansing   Guitar, Octave Mandolin, Banjo

 

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Marc Smierciak      Clarinet

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                                                                     Frank Youngwerth     Trumpet

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Bruce Mak    Guitar

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Steven White  Bass

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Jim Christopher   Saxophone

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Dan Nicky  Bass, Percussion, Keys

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Dave Smith  Saxophone, Clarinet, Bass

PAST MEMBERS INCLUDE:

Eduardo Corzo                      Clarinet

Jesus Camargo                      Vocals

Joey Spielberg                        Bass

John Knecht                           Percussion

Simon Kashama                    Guitar, Vocals

Learn More about Yves Francois and his music, Return to Ritmo Home

FOR BOOKING INFORMATION CONTACT:

BOOKING MANAGER Kimber Claveau
Dial (978) 378-JAZZ (5299)
or E-MAIL bookings@yvesfrancoisritmo.com