Percussionist Jesús Díaz set for Palenke Arts event on Saturday Master performer specializes in danzón, cha cha chá and son montuno

Master percussionist and singer Jesús Díaz returns to Seaside’s Palenke Arts for a Virtual Noche Cubana, complete with the infectious sounds of the Cuban danzón, cha cha chá, son montuno, timba y mucho más! Jesús’ concert last year with Trio Mulatos was an absolute sold-out blast that is worth repeating, even if it’s virtually done.

The  virtual concert broadcast is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24 via or

This time Jesús will be performing with another all-star quartet that features Grammy-nominated Colin Douglas on percussion, Yadier Noa Chamble on bass and Julio de la Cruz on keyboard and vocals. This group was recently featured in Facebook Elevate’s national performing arts series for Latinx Heritage Month. The concert will be broadcast virtually from our website, youtube channel and facebook live. Babaloo Cuban Café in Seaside is co-sponsoring the event and offering a free sandwich to those who donate $50+ to Palenke Arts.


Cuban born percussionist and vocalist Jesus Diaz arrived in the United States from Habana in 1980. He quickly identified the Bay Area music scene as the grounds to establish his new home. His local and worldwide performances in collaboration with world renowned and acclaimed artists are recognized for their contributions to the richness of an ever expanding musical genre.

A multi-instrumentalist, arranger, and vocalist, Díaz has established himself as one of the most in-demand performers and studio musicians worldwide. As an educator, he has participated in several prominent clinics and workshops including Berklee College of Music, SFJAZZ, Stanford Jazz Workshop, Drummers Collective NY, and Jazz Camp West to name a few. In collaboration with his group Talking Drums, which includes fellow percussionists Michael Spiro and David Garibaldi, he has contributed to various Warner Brothers instructional books and videos.


Grammy award nominated drummer/percussionist/educator Colin Douglas was born in New York City into a musical family. As the son of a music producer, he grew up experimenting with many different instruments and soon settled on drums and percussion.

Douglas went on to study percussion at both the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music as well as Manhattan School of Music where he worked extensively in both the classical percussion and jazz drumset programs.

After college he became interested in the world of latin percussion and studied both in Cuba as well as with many master percussionists in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he has lived and played professionally for 16 years. Mr. Douglas has performed and recorded with a diverse group of musicians ranging from latin acts such as Jesus Diaz y su Qba, Ray Obiedo, and the Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet, with whom Mr. Douglas received a grammy nomination in 2013, to R&B and rock acts such as Aerosmith, Donna Summer and Slash.


Camagüey native Yadier Noa is a graduate in contrabass and electric bass from the Escuela Nacional de Arte (ENA) in Havana, where he also worked as electric bass faculty.

Upon his arrival to the US, Noa has quickly made his mark in the Bay Area Cuban music scene collaborating with artists like Fito Reinoso, Edgar Pantoja and Jesús Díaz y su Qba. His vast musical career, which has taken predominantly in Cuba, ranges from traditional Cuban son and salsa projects such as Tania Pantoja or Paulo FG y su Élite to avant-garde Latin Jazz projects, such as the Yasek Manzano Jazz Project.

Noche Cubana with Jesús Díaz Quartet featuring Jesús Díaz, Colin Douglas, Yadier Noa and

Julio de la Cruz sponsored by Babaloo Cuban Café

When: Saturday, October 24, 2020 7 pm

Where: Virtual Concert broadcast live from Palenke Arts via


No registration needed. Donations gladly accepted through


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