promoting improvisation

Canto América

Canto America

Or buy via:

The majority of contemporary projects in the Latin jazz genre have focused on woodwinds, brass and the rhythm section. Yet traditional Latin American music has firm and long established roots in the classical string tradition, an aesthetic that played a major role in the development of music throughout the Americas. Canto América speaks to the revitalization of the concept of a strong percussive foundation combined with the harmonic and orchestral elements of classical music. Using both Afro-Cuban folklore and the multi-Grammy nominated Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet as its foundation, La Orquesta Sinfonietta pairs the San Francisco Bay area’s most acclaimed Latin musicians and singers with awarding winning classical performers from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. The result is a unique and dazzling combination of Latin jazz, folkloric Afro-Caribbean music and classical form and orchestration.

“Wayne Wallace is a fine trombonist but a better bandleader, and an excellent conceptualists, ingenious.” – JazzTimes

Spiro is “one of the top percussionists on today’s Latin music scene.” – JazzEd



Wayne Wallace
Murrary Low
David Belove
Colin Douglas
Michael Spiro
Special Guests
Jeremy Allen
Jamaal Baptiste
Christian Tumalan
Jesús Diaz
Mike Mixtacki
Edgardo Cambón
Fito Reinoso
John Santos
Cecilia Engelhart
Maria Marquez
Joe Galvin
Kristin Olson
Nate Johnson
John Calloway
Tom Walsh
Alexandra Signor
Joe Anderson
Brennan Johns
Steven Banks
Gabe Young
Marco Nuñez
Matt Shugert
Daniel Stein

Yoni Gertner
Brady Anderson
Eric Juberg
Jonah Tarver
Sam Motter
Tonu Maas
Theo Simpson
Rachel Rodgers
Alexandra Signor
Joe Anderson
Iantheia Calhoun
Cean Robinson,
Kevin Wilson
John Sorsen
Brennan Johns
Miro Sorber
Richard Marshall
Daniel Stein
Min Ju Kim
Tze Ying Wu
Ethan Young

Liner Notes

Download Canto América Booklet in English

Download Canto América Booklet in Enspañol

Press Room


Best Latin Jazz album

World-renowned trombonist Wayne Wallace and percussionist Michael Spiro have earned a GRAMMY ® nomination for “Best Latin Jazz Album” for their CD Canto América on the Patois label. The Grammy Awards ceremony will take place in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 12, 2017.

5 out of 5 Stars - Superb!
Not just great music—this is a great work of art. Exquisite musicianship, impeccable performances, with a range that includes vocals, instrumentals, ballads, and uptempo numbers that will get you up and moving—and yet the parts fit together seamlessly. A beautiful, beautiful album. Support these gifted, thoughtful musicians and buy a copy today! – Eric T. Macknight