SALTY PAW JAZZ ORCHESTRA
One night only! December 3rd at 8:00pm
The Salty Paws’ first performance was hela on Act II Main stage and was jam packed with enthusiastic, cheering audiences. These kids are amazing, developing as jazz musicians in leaps and bounds – incredible, considering the group was established only last September!
The “Salty Paw Jazz Orchestra” or “Pata Salada Orquesta de Jazz” is characterized by instrumentation in the style of a Big Band Orchestra. The members mainly consist of young musicians learning jazz improvisation – their definition of jazz encompassing 3 major categories – Swing, Rock and Latin Jazz. While the usual big band consists of saxophone, trumpet, trombone and rhythm section, the Salty Paw Jazz Orchestra includes flutes nad violins as well totaling over 20 members. They have already given several fundraising concerts – at Act II Stages in Puerto Vallarta, The Breakers Beach Club Restaurant and Bar in Bucerias, and Plaza Caracol in Puerto Vallarta, and several presentations at The Jazz Foundation on Puerto Vallarta´s Malecon. They aspire to give concerts in other venues throughout the country.
The whole thing got started when several talented young musicians heard the Puerto Vallarta Big Band whose lead Alto saxophone is founder director Victor Kris. Inspiration struck and a jazz workshop formed. Led by the young, impassioned Founder and Director Victor Kris, it quickly, with the help of Biblioteca Los Mangos and others, evolved into a full jazz ensemble – and expanded beyond the usual jazz instrumentation, and includes violins and flutes adding innovative dimensions to the ensemble. Shortly afterwards, the founding members voted to name the jazz orchestra “Salty Paw” or “Pata Salada,” which means a person from Puerto Vallarta.