Pablo Batista's Mambo Syndicate

Pablo’s 10-piece ensemble throws down classic salsa dura, and conjures up the glory days of massive Saturday night/Sunday afternoon Latin dance parties at New York’s famed Palladium Ballroom. The band formed the nucleus for the Philadelphia Clef Club’s mid-2000s re-creation of the famed “Salsa Meets Jazz” series in the 1970s and ’80s at New York’s Village Gate.

Mambo, rumba, son, guaracha, cha-cha-cha and boleros — the playlist celebrates and pays homage to legendary Latin bandleaders Machito, Tito Puente, Tito Rodriguez, Perez Prado, Eddie Palmieri, Ray Barretto and more. This band has thrilled audiences at these venues, to name just a few: 

  • Artsquest/Steelstacks, Bethlehem PA,
  • Boiler Room, Cape May NJ
  • Congreso de Latinos Gala, Philadelphia,
  • Feria del Barrio, Philadelphia
  • Kimmel Center, Philadelphia
  • Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia
  • Painted Bride Art Center, Philadelphia
  • Philadelphia International Festival
  • Pope Francis’ 2015 Papal Address in Philadelphia (selected from over 300 bands)