The joyful sounds and rhythms of Latin America pervade the music of Apitos, whether it's the clavé inspired dance rhythms of rumba, cha cha cha, mambo, songo or the happy feeling of calypso, plena and the beauty of samba batucada, frevo and baiao.
The band draws on material from the latin jazz arrangements of Tito Puente, Poncho Sanchez, Pete Escovedo, as well as original compositions specially commissioned for the band, with percussion and improvisation to the fore.
Founded by Dave Hassell in 1984, began with regular gigs at the Band on the Wall and have since established themselves as one of this country's leading Latin American ensembles regularly playing to packed audiences throughout the UK.
They are also very much in demand for festivals and often invite guest artists to perform with the band, such as Birger Sulsbruck, Claude Deppa and Victor Mendoza. With the emphasis on authentic Latin American rhythms plus a rich variety of meaningful arrangements and space for the soloist, the music is essentially joyful and really swings. In the words of one critic: "the overwhelming impression is that they are having fun and can communicate this to the audience - for once a jazz club full of happy smiling faces - it could be said - a good time was had by all."