Susie Hansen: the original queen of the Latin violin.

Author:Mangual, Rudy

Violinist/bandleader Susie Hansen is a long-time favorite in Los Angeles, where she conducts an average of 150 live performances per year. A native of Chicago, Hansen relocated to Los Angeles in 1988 to pursue her Latin music career. She is currently celebrating the twentieth anniversary of her band, as well as the release of her third CD, titled Representante de la Salsa. This well-established artist has developed a trademark style that features her electric violin as the lead melodic instrument of a powerhouse ensemble. Drawing from various forms of jazz and Afro-Caribbean rhythms, Hansen and her band play hardcore salsa and Latin jazz guaranteed to make any audience get up and move. As Susie states: "We aim for the feet!"


Phil Elwood of the San Francisco Examiner described the band as follows: "It's a sizzling, swinging salsa band. Hansen can solo as if her bow was afire. The whole room was jumpin' for joy." Don Heckman wrote in the Los Angeles Times, "Hansen is a ball of energy, creating an atmosphere of high-voltage excitement." Mark Holston declared in Jazziz Magazine, "Hansen's violin speaks the language of Latin jazz with total fluency." And in 2004, Latin Beat Magazine's own Nelson Rodríguez selected Hansen's CD Solo Flight as one of the Top 100 Independent Latin Jazz Recordings.

A performance by the Susie Hansen Latin Band includes familiar and traditional Spanish-language songs, original salsa and Latin jazz scores, Latin-style interpretations of jazz standards, salsa selections with English lyrics, and traditional Cuban charanga...

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