Retro Jazz’s Jazzeando el Cancionero Dominicano Vol. I, is a project that honors Dominican composers and songs which that became major hits in the tropical music field and beyond. The album features a cultural mix of jazz-influenced styles.
The lead single, “La ventanita,” composed by the great Mickey Taveras is a stellar representation of Dominican influence in the world of Latin music. First heard in the 1990s in the performance by legendary merengue artist, Sergio Vargas, “La ventanita” exploded a few years later in Argentina through Grupo Sombras, Garibaldi in Mexico, and became a salsa hit.
Retro Jazz is led by producer, arranger, songwriter and bassist Pengbian Sang. Pengbian was born in Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic. He has produced and arranged for stellar artists from the Dominican Republic, including Sergio Vargas, Mickey Taveras, Milly Quezada, Maridalia Hernandez, Frank Ceara and Felix D’Oleo to name a few.
Pengbian has scored music for the films such as the internationally acclaimed “Nueba Yol” and “Perico Ripiao.” He has performed with Latin Jazz greats Gonzalo Rubalcalba, Arturo Sandoval and Eumir Deodato among others.