Janet Sherbourne — Piano, musical director, arranger

Janet studied piano with Kathleen Williams and later with Norman Beedie at the Guildhall School of Music. She studied music at York University and Ethnomusicology at Queen's University Belfast. She has performed in and composed for various contemporary music ensembles, gamelan groups (English Gamelan Orchestra and Metalworks New Gamelan) and the pop group The Copy. She has had a number of commissions for music for contemporary dance, and has won various awards for composition. As well as leading Cafecito, she plays in mainstream and modern jazz groups, and her Latin library album Strictly Latin on Poke Records has featured in two recent TV adverts for Aviva Insurance featuring comedian Paul Whitehouse. For more information about Janet go to her personal website where you can also download free copies of some of the scores from the Cafecito CD El Gato.

Jan Steele — Flute

Jan studied flute at school with Paul Griffiths, then privately with Averil Williams at the Guildhall School of Music for 5 years. He studied music at York University. Jan leads a busy life as a performer in mainstream and modern jazz, leading his own jazz quartet and a salsa/Latin jazz group Jan y su Salsa, and performing on the UK Asian pop music scene. As a composer his works have been released in the UK, France, Japan and the US. Besides performing he teaches the flute and saxophone and teaches the Alexander Technique at the Royal Academy of Music in London. His album Distant Saxophones is scheduled for release on the Community Library label.


Jorge L Santo — Congas   View website

Jorge was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He spent 5 years studying percussion in Havana, Cuba, at the Ignacio Cervantes Professional Centre of Music with some of the most celebrated names in Cuban percussion. He has performed with numerous groups in Cuba, Canada and, more recently, the UK.


Nathaniel Steele — Timbales

Nathaniel was a chorister in New College Choir, Oxford, and plays jazz drums and vibraphone. He plays in the salsa bands Jan y su Salsa (for which he has arranged much of the repertoire) and Cosa Latina. He has studied Latin percussion with Enrique Pla of Cuba's Irakere group, and with Jose Eladio on two extended study trips to Cuba. As a drummer he has played with many of the top UK bebop musicians, including Steve Fishwick, Dave Chamberlain, Alex Garnett, Dave Newton, Ollie Wilby, Ross Stanley & Allison Neale. His vibraphone quartet - with Leon Greening on piano, brother Luke Steele on double bass, and international drummer Steve Brown on drums, performs regularly in the Late Show at Ronnie Scott's jazz club. For more information about Nat, go to his personal website.


David Pattman — Bongos, guiro, maracas

Dave is one of the best known Latin American percussionists in the UK. He is a specialist in the music and rhythms of Santeria, and he is an incredible Batá drum player. He is a featured member of Snowboy and the Latin Section and of the Alex Wilson band, and he leads his own Rumba ensemble Dilanga.

Dave has played for Cubanisimo, Anga Diaz, Patato Valdez, Alfredo De La Fe, Roger Beaujolais, Pucho, Daniel Ponce, Roberto Pla, Adalberto Santiago, Bebo Valdez, Alfredo Rodriguez, Azuquita, Tito Allen, Orlando Watusi, Phil Manzanera, Alex Wilson, Daniel Santos, Loose Tubes, Django Bates, Dudu Pukwana, Slim Gaillard, Colin Towns, Breath, McAlmont, Working Week, Ibrahim Ferrer, Omara Portuondo, Cachaito Lopez. Dave has recorded with many of these artists as well as for Paul McCartney and in the film 'The Mummy Returns' with the London Sinfonia.


Luke Steele — Double bass

Luke studied on the jazz course at the Guildhall School of Music, with teachers including Simon Woolf, Steve Watts and Dave Chamberlain. As well as playing both charanga and salsa, Luke is heavily involved in the jazz (especially be-bop) scene and the long list of top names he has worked with include Scott Hamilton, Leon Greening, Jim Mullen, Craig Milverton, Steve Fishwick, Mike Gorman and Bobby Wellins. He can frequently be seen playing in his brother Nat's quartet in the Late Show at Ronnie Scott's.


Sonia Slany — Violin  View website


“...One of my favourite musicians, of the highest calibre...” - Ryuichi Sakamoto


Sonia's musical associates read like a who's who of the modern music scene! She has worked with many pop & jazz artists and classical composers including Mark Knopfler, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Peter Gabriel, Michael Brecker, Kuljit Bhamra, Laurie Anderson, Michael Nyman, Björk, Massive Attack, Lee Konitz, Goldfrapp, Jools Holland and Jim Hall. She writes and performs her own music with her group, The Solid Strings. She has also played on many Hollywood soundtracks, including “Shakespeare In Love”, “Captain Corelli's Mandolin”, “Harry Potter”, “Lord of the Rings”, “Cold Mountain”, “Thunderbirds” and “Troy”. With her husband percussionist Paul Clarvis she runs the independent CD label Village Life.


Sarah Sew — Violin   View website

Sarah is one of the UK's most brilliant young violinists. She studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Howard Davis and Maurice Hasson, and in Weimar with Friedemann Eichhorn. She is the leader of the European Union Youth Orchestra, has won numerous awards and scholarships, freelances with several UK orchestras and is in constant demand as a chamber musician. She plays a 1780 Gagliano violin on loan from the Royal Academy of Music.

“almost unbelievable talent” - Henley Standard

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