Born from a library music album of compositions co-composed by leaders Derek and British Jazz Award-winning guitarist Dominic Ashworth, Picante is a Latin band that takes flavours from Buena Vista Social Club, Sergio Mendes, Stan Getz/Astrid Gilberto, Spyrogyra and the Gypsy Kings with their unique compositions in mambo, salsa, samba and bossa nova styles. Guaranteed to make you feel like dancing from the first bar!
With their music airing around the world, tunes from their CD 'Five Note Salsa' have been heard on television, from Japanese drama to Strictly Come Dancing to the David Letterman Show. Their new CD 'Bim Bam Bom' has also been featured in a new film starring Elliot Gould.
The band showcases latin maestro Neil Angilley - piano (Vanessa Mae, Michael Ball and Alfie Boe, War of the Worlds, Down to the Bone), Andy Staples – bass (Robin Trower, Guthrie Govan, Jason Rebello), Marc Cecil - drums, (King Salsa) and Satin Singh – percussion (Roberto Pla) (and shirts by Robin Jones!!).