Salsamba is an accomplished Latin Jazz Quintet that fuses authentic Latin-American rhythms with the harmonic and melodic sophistication of contemporary American jazz. The group, capable of many musical moods, entertains its listeners with percussive and melodic improvisation of the highest quality. Salsamba, larger than the sum of five musicians, remains committed to both traditional integrity and daring innovation: guitarist Eric Susoeff (leader and music director), conga player George Jones (co-leader), multi-saxophonist and flutist Eric DeFade, bassist Paul Thompson, and drummer Thomas Wendt. Much of the band’s music is arranged & composed by their leader Eric Susoeff, with other repertoire including songs by the finest Latin and jazz composers such as Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Antonio Carlos Jobim & Ivan Lins. They have opened for the late latin jazz king, Tito Puente, guitarist John Scofield and Stanley Jordan, steel pan player Andy Narell as well as flutist Dave Valentin.

Salsamba has released six critically-praised and commercially-successful recordings and thier seventh CD of all original compositions by leader Susoeff is under way. Based in Pittsburgh, the group performs at clubs, festivals and colleges throughout the United States. Salsamba also offers numerous workshops on mambo, cha-cha, Afro-Cuban six-eight, bolero, samba, bossa nova, calypso, and merengue, as well as jazz improvisation clinics on all instruments. Now in its 27th year, Salsamba proves itself to be an enduring creative collaboration.