About Us

Rio Bamba is an exciting blend of Brazilian, Latin and American Jazz. For 10 years Rio Bamba has performed in a wide variety of jazz and world music venues, corporate shows, private parties, weddings and festivals performing standards and original songs in the unique style of the group.

The Rio Bamba sound is a unique blend of Bossa Nova, Samba, American and Latin Jazz played by world class musicians. The group moves easily from classic and swinging jazz, vocal or instrumental to a Brazilian Samba that brings everyone to the dance floor with it’s irresistible rhythms.

 

AnaAna Munteanu was born in the Republic Of Moldova, in a family of actors, and have been passionate about music since childhood. The epic ballads, the ancient lullabies of her country's folklore filled her soul. The Psalms sung in the children's choir made her humble and happy. She discovered jazz music while in high school and later went to study vocal performance at the Academy of Music, Theatre and Fine Arts in Chisinau.

Her work is inspired by singers and poets she loves. It reflects her and her life. Ana is fascinated by the human voice, and feels very fortunate to be singing herself. She likes exploring musical grounds, finding pieces of music that create moods and carry a message that resonates with other people. Her raison d'être is staying faithful to the art of song, which is made (like any other art) to brig people to themselves, to whom they truly are.

LuizLuiz Ewerling, drummer, composer, teacher and leader of A COR do BRASIL. Luiz Ewerling was born in Southern Brazil. He started playing the drums at six years old. He recorded his first album at 12 years old with the " Pequenos Cantores do Colegio Anchieta".

In Brazil, Luiz recorded and played with Gelson Oliveira, Antonio Villeroy, Nelson Coelho de Castro, Ney Lisboa, Nelson Goncalves ( The Golden Voice of Brazil ) and many others. In 1984 Luiz moved to the USA to perform and record with, SOM BRASIL (Breno AND Neusa Sauer ). Luiz has performed with Howard Levy, Marshall Vente and Tropicale, Eldee Young, Neville York, Leo Gandelman, Sugar Blue, Esla Soares, (The Queen of Samba) Fareed Haque and others.

MV_smallMaggie Vagle studied vocal jazz performance at the Columbia College Chicago. Born into a family of musicians this daughter of a singer and songwriter has a voice that can be simultaneously ethereal and robust, and a stage presence that instantly hypnotizes the viewer.

She is the lead vocalist in Sidewalk Chalk, voted best local hip-hop act in Chicago 2010. She has also graced the stage with the international super band Voo Voo, the Cerqua Riviera Art Experience, as well as toured worldwide with recording artist Leigh Jones and award winning hip-hop band Animate Objects.

A musician that possesses an unmatched love for her craft she blends folk music, jazz rhythms, rhythm & blues and the power of a soul troubadour. Coupling this with her intrinsic poetic nature and radiating pure spirit leaves the listener with a cleansing sound experience.

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Cecy Santana/Vocals: Hailing from Sao Paulo, CECY SANTANA grew up in a musical family headed by her father, legendary Afro-Brazilian trumpeter Carlos Santana.

As a young musical prodigy, CECY excelled in flute and voice, and often performed in various church concerts and ministries. Since her arrival in The United States, CECY SANTANA has worked in many musical genres such as house, dance, jam band, Brazilian Popular Music, traditional Brazilian music, and R & B. Her music has been featured in various conventions such as The Winter Music Conference in Miami, as well as in commercials and other forms of advertisements.

As a performer she has guest appeared with bands such as the New Orleans powerhouse Galactic, and has opened up for mainstream recording artists such as Fantasia Barrino, Carl Thomas, and Roy Ayers.

John BehlingJohn Behling (Guitar), has been performing professionally for over twenty-five years and has appeared throughout the country with a wide variety of musicians including Jay McShan, Patti Page, Clarke Buehling and the Skirtlifters, Dalton Reed, and the ii-V-I Orchestra.

For several years, he was the accompanist for outstanding Scottish and jazz fiddler, Jeremy Kittel. Together, they performed at the Kennedy Center and most of the major folk festivals in the mid-west and eastern Unites States. John has had the pleasure of performing for both President Obama and President Clinton on separate occasions.

In addition to his busy performance schedule John also teaches courses on ethnomusicology and America music at DePaul University and the University of Illinois at Chicago; he holds an M.M. in guitar performance from the University of Arkansas and a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from the University of Michigan.

johnJohn Garvey (Bass/Vocals). John founded Rio Bamba in 2005.

He has played a wide variety of styles and worked with a wide variety of musicians. Venues and appearnaces include ABC TV, Fox TV, WGN TV, Park West, Ambassador East, Wrigley Field, Cellular Field, Navy Pier, Chambers, Cuatro, North Western University, Loyola University, University of Wisconsin, University of Iowa, University Club of Chicago, Clybourn and Custer Street Fairs, Joe's, Carnivale, Hyde Park Jazz Festival, Pete Miller's, WDCB 90.9 Radio, Shedd Aquarium, Botanical Gardens, Thompson Center, Gibson's, 437 on Rush, The Venue at Horseshoe Casino, East Bank Club, Chicago Yacht Club and our favorite, Katerina's.

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Rob McDougle has performed with some of Chicago's best and best known musicians including jazz legends Guy Fricano and Johnny Frigo.

Rob has also travelled the road playing blues festivals throughout the U.S. and Europe with 5 time W.C. Handy award nominee Nora Jean Bruso, and also travelled with David Wills playing country music (5 top 40 hits).

An active teacher, Rob was the director of curriculum at Rock Camp USA held as a summer camp at Elmhurst college from 2004-2008. He now brings his award winning guitar talent (1975 Oak Lawn Jazz Festival-guitar award) to Rio Bamba.

FOR BOOKINGS CALL JOHN: 773-271-1735

Videos

FOX TV

ABC TV

ABC TV

At the Venue

WGN TV

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Media/Press

"Rio Bamba is sexy, sensuous and a musical treasure"
Mike Parker, CBS News

"It was a tremendous performance on the ABC morning show, you all showed great versatility, everyone found Rio Bamba very entertaining. We hope to have you back soon!"
Blanca Riios ABC 7, TV

"Rio Bamba once drove me to do a headstand in the middle of a dance floor. What more can I say? I love this band! "
Tim Kazurinsky, ABC Saturday Night Live

"These guys sound GREAT!"
Cori Chambers, WFLD CH. 32 Fox TV

"They are musically elegant, and WILD! "
Will Clinger, WTTW Host of Wild Chicago

"Awesome Live Music, WOW!"
Ana Belaval WGN TV

"Rio Bamba plays Bossa Nova like no other. Fronted by dynamic vocalist Maggie Vagle, this band recently played live on my show and knocked me out".
Scott "Hambone" Hammer, WDCB 90.9 Radio

"We recieved numerous compliments from fans and staff. Thank you again for another superb performance at Cellular Field"
Amy Sheridan, Chicago White Sox

"Rio Bamba infuses the lovely melodies and lyrics of Bossa Nova with the vitality and power of the best Rock music. "
Randy Freedman, Chicago Jazz Magazine

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"I always enjoy sitting in with this band and their versatility really shows when they do a 180 and back me up as they have with Bobby Darin and Buckingham songs."
Dennis Tufano, Original Voice of the Buckinghams

"An explosion of music and culture"... "a huge hit among students and teachers who gave rave reviews about the Rio Bamba performance"
Jennifer Zimmerman, Sun Times

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Shows

Upcoming 2015 Events

1st Aug 2015 2:00 am

Trio Bamba (Instrumental) at Marianos Ravenswood

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3rd Aug 2015 6:30 pm

THE DOCK at Montrose Harbor 200 W. Montrose 6:30PM to 9:30PM

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6th Aug 2015 8:00 pm

Private Wedding Promontory Point Chicago 8 to 11pm

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10th Aug 2015 6:30 pm

THE DOCK at Montrose Harbor 200 W. Montrose 6:30PM to 9:30PM

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12th Aug 2015 7:30 pm

Night at the Islands Jazz n Blues Festival Memorial Pk Amphitheater, Woodlawn and LaGrange Road La Grange Park, IL 60526 | 7:30PM to 8:30PM

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17th Aug 2015 6:30 pm

THE DOCK at Montrose Harbor 200 W. Montrose 6:30PM to 9:30PM

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20th Aug 2015 6:00 pm

Hot Summer Nights Chicago Botanical Garden with Rio Bamba Dancers | 1000 Lake Cook Road Glencoe, IL 600226 to 6:00PM to 8:00PM

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21st Aug 2015 4:00 am

Trio Bamba (Instrumental) at Marianos Ravenswood

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24th Aug 2015 6:30 pm

THE DOCK at Montrose Harbor 200 W. Montrose 6:30PM to 9:30PM

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26th Aug 2015 5:00 pm

Jazzin’ at the Shedd | Aquarium 1200 Lake Shore Drive, Chicago IL | 5:00PM to 10:00PM

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27th Aug 2015 6:00 pm

Chicago Yacht Club 400 E. Monroe, Chicago Illinois 60603 | 6:00PM to 9:00PM

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31st Aug 2015 6:30 pm

THE DOCK at Montrose Harbor 200 W. Montrose 6:30PM to 9:30PM

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5th Sep 2015 7:30 pm

Private Wedding The Farm at Dover 26060 Washington Ave, Kansasville Wisc 7:30PM – 11:30PM

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7th Sep 2015 6:30 pm

LABOR DAY with Rio Bamba and RIO DANCERS at THE DOCK at Montrose Harbor 200 W. Montrose | 6:30PM to 9:30PM

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12th Sep 2015 8:00 pm

Jazz n’ the Street Festival Marquette and Gooding Streets, Lasalle, Illinois | 8:00PM – 9:30 PM

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14th Sep 2015 6:30 pm

THE DOCK at Montrose Harbor 200 W. Montrose 6:30PM to 9:30PM

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21st Sep 2015 6:30 pm

THE DOCK at Montrose Harbor 200 W. Montrose 6:30PM to 9:30PM

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4th Dec 2015 6:30 am

Private Xmas Party Midlothian Country Club

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17th Dec 2015 6:00 pm

Wintrust private party at Gibsons Steakhouse Chicago 6:00PM to 10:00PM

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Past 2015 Events

29th Jul 2015 5:00 pm

Jazzin’ at the Shedd | Aquarium 1200 Lake Shore Drive Chicago | 5:00PM to 10:00PM

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27th Jul 2015 6:30 pm

THE DOCK at Montrose Harbor 200 W. Montrose 6:30PM to 9:30PM

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24th Jul 2015 4:00 pm

Trio Bamba (Instrumental) at Marianos Ravenswood

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23rd Jul 2015 6:00 pm

LETS DANCE! City of Evanston, 1603 Orrington Ave. Chase Bank Tower | 6:00PM to 9:00PM

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21st Jul 2015 7:30 am

WGN TV Morning News

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20th Jul 2015 6:30 pm

THE DOCK at Montrose Harbor 200 W. Montrose 6:30PM to 9:30PM

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18th Jul 2015 7:00 pm

Reserve 22, 485 Winchell Way Village Links of Glen Ellyn 7:00PM to 11:00PM

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17th Jul 2015 7:00 pm

Trio Bamba at The Terrace at Siver Place

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16th Jul 2015 7:00 pm

Thursday Night Out

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15th Jul 2015 11:30 am

ABC TV Live ! Shedd Aquarium Promotional Sponsored by Chase Bank 10 S. Dearborn

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13th Jul 2015 6:30 pm

THE DOCK at Montrose Harbor 200 W. Montrose Harbor Dr. Chicago IL | 6:30PM – 9:30PM

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11th Jul 2015 1:00 pm

Riverwalk between clark and Lasalle on the South end of the River

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6th Jul 2015 6:30 pm

THE DOCK at Montrose Harbor 200 W. Montrose Harbor Dr. Chicago IL | 6:30PM – 9:30PM

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3rd Jul 2015 6:30 pm

Naperville Rib Fest at Knoch Park, Ribber Row Stage, Naperville, Illinois | 6:30PM -7:45PM

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30th Jun 2015 6:00 pm

Chicago Botanical Gardens on the Esplanade | 1000 Lake Cook Road Glencoe, IL 60022 | 6:00PM to 8:00PM

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29th Jun 2015 6:30 pm

THE DOCK at Montrose Harbor 200 W. Montrose Harbor Dr. Chicago IL | 6:30PM – 9:30PM

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22nd Jun 2015 6:30 pm

THE DOCK at Montrose Harbor 200 W. Montrose Harbor Dr. Chicagi IL | 6:30PM – 9:30PM

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19th Jun 2015 4:00 pm

Trio Bamba at Marianos, Ravenswood and Lawrence 4:00PM to 8:30PM

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17th Jun 2015 3:00 pm

Jazzin’ at the Shedd | Aquarium 1200 Lake Shore Drive Chicago | 5:00PM to 10:00PM

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15th Jun 2015 6:30 pm

THE DOCK at Montrose Harbor 200 W. Montrose 6:30PM to 9:30PM

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11th Jun 2015 7:00 pm

Reserve 22, 485 Winchell Way Village Links of Glen Ellyn 7:00PM to 11:00PM

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8th Jun 2015 6:30 pm

THE DOCK at Montrose Harbor 200 W. Montrose 6:30PM – 9:30PM

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7th Jun 2015 12:30 pm

Art in the Park in Village Green | 1000 Wellington Ave., Elk Grove Village, IL 60007 | 12:30PM to 2:00PM

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4th Jun 2015 7:00 pm

Sycamore Park District Sports Complex | North End of Airport Rd. Sycamore IL, 60178

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1st Jun 2015 6:30 pm

THE DOCK at Montrose Harbor 200 W. Montrose 6:30pm – 9:30pm

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28th May 2015 7:00 pm

Thursday Night Out, Oak Park Marion Street (between Lake Street and North Boulevard) 7:00PM to 9:00PM

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25th May 2015 6:30 pm

Memorial Day w RIO DANCERS at THE DOCK at Montrose Harbor 200 W. Montrose 6:30PM to 9:30PM

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10th May 2015 2:00 pm

Trio Bamba at Marianos, Ravenswood and Lawrence 2:00PM to 8:30PM

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9th May 2015 7:00 pm

Private Party First Congregational Church House 1417 Hinman Evanston 7:00PM to 9:00PM

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Corporate Client List

Honda
Brite Logistics
Integrys Energy
People Gas
Home Depot
Annheuser Busch
Commonwealth Edison
Wintrust
Chase Bank
The Chicago White Sox
Co-op Financial Services
Reside Living inc.
Prarie Shores inc.
New Foundation Center
Argosy Empress
Enlace
Aspire Capital
Threshold Pharmaceuticals
Harris Bank
Starbucks
Kona Breweries
Koenig Provision Corp
Orland Endontics
The Sutherland
World Ventures

Television/Radio

ABC TV
FOX TV
CBS TV
WGN TV
WFLD TV
WDCB
WBEZ

Educational Institutions

Loras College Iowa
Northwestern University
Loyola University
University of Wisconsin

Festivals

Hyde Park Jazz Festival
Homewood Arts, Garden Festival
Oak Park Marion Street Festival
Jazz n’ the street Lasalle Ill.
Wilmette Center for the Arts
Live at the Lake Festival Deplanes Il.
Let’s Dance Evanston, Il
Polish Film Festival Society for the Arts
Wheaton wind and Cultural Arts Festival
Concert in the Square Lake Forest
Prairie Center for the Arts Schaumburg
Chocolate Festival Long Grove
Loves the Mix Jazz and Blues Festival Lagrange, Ill.

Contact

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