The Lunar Octet Plays the Blue LLama May 10

Ann Arbor-based based Latin jazz group The Lunar Octet will be putting on a special performance at the Blue LLama on May 10.

The Lunar Octet is known for playing creative and original Latin jazz. Their work pulls from Cuban and Puerto Rican salsa, rock, African high-life music and Brazilian sambas.

Doors open for the Blue LLama performance at 6 p.m. and the show will run from 6:30-9:45 p.m.

The Lunar Octet has been performing for over 40 years. However, the band reports that 2022 was an amazing year for them as they broke out of the Michigan jazz scene onto the international stage.

Their recent success began when they released their first CD in more than a decade, titled “Convergence” on the Summit Records label. It ended up being played on more than 325 radio stations and received very positive reviews and nationally and internationally.

“Convergence” is the most recent Lunar Octet album of the five they have released.

Last year, they did three tours. Two of which were in California and the third was in England. They also did a headline performance at the Scarborough Jazz Festival.

The Lunar Octet consists of several talented and experienced musicians.

The band consists of Steve Hiltner and Paul Vornhagen on saxophone, Brandon Cooper on trumpet, Sam Clark on guitar, Keaton Royer on piano, Jeff Dalton on acoustic and electric bass, Jon Krosnick on drums, Aron Kaufman on congas and percussion and Olman Piedra on timbales and percussion.

There is a $15 cover to get into the Lunar Octet performance at the Blue LLama. Guests can pre-pay through the website.

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