Review: Edwin Sanz Salsa Orchestra at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds on May 19

Edwin Sanz Salsa Orchestra at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds on May 19. Picture: CHRIS EDMONDS

Edwin Sanz Salsa Orchestra at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds on May 19. Picture: CHRIS EDMONDS - Credit: Archant

Seven musicians, three singers, a stage-full of high energy, high octane music and dancers young and old showing off their rhythmic moves.

Edwin Sanz Salsa Orchestra at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds on May 19. Picture: CHRIS EDMONDS

Edwin Sanz Salsa Orchestra at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds on May 19. Picture: CHRIS EDMONDS - Credit: Archant

That’s what was on offer on Friday evening to those who flocked to one of Bury St Edmunds’ opening events of the Bury Festival, which continues until Sunday, May 28.

It had kicked off earlier that evening with the screening of Akenfield at the Abbeygae Cinema, and was followed by the Acoustic Beatles, featuring the legendery music of Lennon, McCartney and Harrison, at the Hunter Club; Bread or Blood, the story of the Littleport and Ely Riots of 1816, at the Constitutional Club; The Westwood Blake which showcased the music of pianist Mike Westbrook and also marked his 80th birthday; and culminated in the rip-roaring music of the Edwin Sanz Salsa Orchestra.

The floor of the Apex was cleared of the seating and turned into a café culture with tables and chairs dotted round the rear of the auditorium allowing the throngs of dancers to show off their various styles.

And what a show it was which was lapped up by those attending who roared the band back on stage for a special encore.

Edwin Sanz Salsa Orchestra at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds on May 19. Picture: CHRIS EDMONDS

Edwin Sanz Salsa Orchestra at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds on May 19. Picture: CHRIS EDMONDS - Credit: Archant


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It was a one-off performance by the band voted “Best Latin Act” by the Glastonbury Festival.

Fronted by percussionist Edwin Sanz, from Venezuela, and featuring three vocalists including internationally acclaimed soul-diva Naomi Phillips, it was a gig for all salsa fans and lovers of Latin music.

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The band played music from his two albums “San Agustin” and his latest “Overflow”, together with Alex Wilson compositions “Ain’t Nobody”, “Show Me” and “Higher Ground”.

Edwin is first choice percussionist for a host of major artists and has toured with Rodrigo y Gabriela, Stevie Winwood and had a long musical partnership with UK pianist Alex Wilson.

His music and his musicians have an infectious and unique swing and you just can’t fail to want to get up and dance ... as those attending showed off with great aplomb and flowing style.

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