Quarter Street, 10 member salsa group, have worked consistently to become the leading latin music group in Australia since their inception in 2012. The band have won awards and recognition internationally, spanning genres, demographics, from latin music, world music and retro-analog funk & soul music scenes in London, Brooklyn and Melbourne.
Quarter Street’s self-titled 2015 album has been played on radio stations across Europe, the USA and Latin America and received glowing reviews. The Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show (‘Lister” from Red Dwarf) named the album as of the best albums of 2015. The band’s revival of the raw sounds of New York Salsa from the 1970s has shown that the music of the streets resonates with the voice of the people, in this era as it did back then.
Quarter Street has performed at major festivals and music industry events in Australia since their album release:
- Australian Word Music Expo 2015
- WOMADelaide 2016
- White Night Melbourne 2016
- Brunswick Music Festival (headline)2016
The band has been invited to the Montreal Jazz Festival in 2016 and 2017, and the Festival de Tambor, Havana, Cuba, 2016.
They spend their remaining time performing at local government summer festivals, their weekly residency at the Night Cat in the inner Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy and composing music for their second album.
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Recent performances and awards:
- Best Global Album: The Age Music Victoria Awards, 2016
- Best Latin Music Group in Australia: Clave Contra Clave, Brisbane, (2013)
- Top ten albums 2015:
- desgarga.com (USA), leading Latin music website
- PBSFM radio (Melbourne, Australia)
- BBC6: Craig Charles Soul and Funk Show
- WOMADelaide, Adelaide, Australia, 2016
- White Night Festival, February 2016
- Australian World Music Expo showcase, November 2015
- Brunswick Music Festival closing night headline act, 2016
- Featured album of the week, BBC6, Craig Charles Soul and Funk Show, Nov 2015
Album release: “Quarter Street”, 2015. HopeStreet Recordings.
Virgin Australia inflight playlist
Luis Poblete – Vocals, Congas
Cristian Saavedra – Timbale
Sergio Botero – Vocals
Leo Salvo – Vocals, Bongo
Andrew James – Piano
Cesar “Fito” Saavedra – Bass
Ben Gillespie – Trombone
Jimmy Bowman – Trombone
Lazaro Numa – Trumpet/Trombone