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Nelson Ortiz, co-founder and percussionist brings that unique sound of  Yavaz
to the east coast.

 Yavaz has been the #1 Latin Jazz band in San Diego for the past 25 years.

Performing a mix of  Sambas, cha cha, bossa nova and old standards all spiced with a
little Latin flavor, the music of Yavaz appeals to everyone from six to sixty.
Check out our Music page and hear for yourself.

YAVAZ can turn an old standard into an in-your-face merengue, a rock tune into a dance-in-your seat salsa & Miles Davis’ melancholy ‘So What’ into a white-hot mambo.”   San Diego Union Tribune

Yavaz Congas

Yavaz has shared the stage with such greats as Joe Sample, Michael Franks,
Rick Braun, Tim Weisberg,  Everett Harp and Stanley Turrentine,
Billy Preston and the Temptations just to name a few.

 Whether it’s a restaurant/club, community concerts, convention or a private party,
s high-energy entertainment gets the audience into the music, dancing,
fun and excitement that brings them to their feet.