Blacj Sea Salsa at Ryles (Cambridge, Mass.)

MAY 21, 2010 * BLACK SEA SALSA AT RYLES. Led by Dan Teager (TerGhukahssian), and featuring John Baboian, Black Sea Salsa is a 15-piece band that plays original tunes of Middle Eastern and Latin jazz. The band consists of 15 musicians—6 horns, 5 rhythm, and 4 vocalists—and creates 1 big sound. You will move to the groove, dance if you want: Armenian line dance, salsa, mambo, cha cha. You will laugh and even learn something. They are a two-time winner of Massachusetts Cultural Council Music Award. Known locally in the Armenian Community as both a soloist and teacher, Teager started the group in October of 1996 through a grant from the Armenian International Women’s Association. His original intention was to develop a fusion of traditional Armenian music with both pop and Caribbean rhythms to create a new type of sound.  Over the course of time he has continued to develop that sound, gaining a devoted following and exposing a wide audience to a little bit of Armenian Culture in the process. Teager lives in Arlington with his wife Maria Mahdasian, and two children, Lucinee and Van. From 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. at the Ryles Jazz Club, 212 Hampshire St. in Cambridge, Mass. For more information or to purchase tickets ($12), call (617) 876-9330.

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