Sumbaswing is a Latin Jazz sextet which has been active in the tristate music scene for over twenty years. Sumbaswing is led by saxophonist, arranger, and Band Leader Elliot Pineiro.

Pineiro is a veteran of the New York salsa/merengue scene which took hold in the 1980’s. After studying with masters such as Barry Harris, Rolando Briceno and Charles Davis he wanted to form his own version of a Latin jazz group. Sumbaswing not only plays afro-Caribbean rhythms with jazz harmonies but Pineiro’s vocals add shades of Motown to the mix.

“I dig oye como va but you can lay Stevie wonder on top of it if you feel it and know how”

Sumbaswing’s personnel has changed over the years but Pineiro’s aim is to strictly have musicians which can easily go from one genre to another without skipping a beat and with passion. A list of musicians who have played or who continue to be part of the rotating list of sumbaswing’s Musicians reads like a who’s who of New York’s best cats.

Here’s a brief list of past and present members:

Emilio Valdes
Victor Rendon
Jennifer Vincent
Francis Benitez
Jose Armengot
Diego Lopez
Chacho Ramirez
Steve Gluzband
Waldron Ricks
Jack Glottman
Fidel Cuellar
Renato Thomson
Gabriel Machado
Daniel Kadar
Randy Sosa
Sergio Larios
Ratzo Harris
Tehrin Cole

Sumbaswing’s current personnel:
Elliot Pineiro (tenor and soprano sax / vocals / clave / leader)
Jose Armengot (trumpet / flugelhorn)
Chacho Ramirez (drums)
Jack Glottman (keyboard)
Ratio Harris (bass)
Randy Sosa (congas)

  • Sumbaswing
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  • 01.
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    In Flight
    Elliot Pineiro and Sumbaswing
    4:36
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    70
  • 02.
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    Daydreams
    Elliot Pineiro and Sumbaswing
    3:10
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    70
  • 03.
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    Leyle
    Elliot Pineiro and Sumbaswing
    4:40
    s3
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    70
  • 04.
    http://sumbaswing.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/04-Track-4.mp3
    Worksong
    Elliot Pineiro and Sumbaswing
    6:39
    s4
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    70

Upcoming performances

Sumbaswing will be performing Sunday June 4th, 1:30pm, at the Fort Lee Music Festival.
We will also perform at the Harlem Meer Festival in Central Park, Sunday July 16th.

Elliot Pineiro

Phone: 917-304-1527

Elliot Pineiro and Sumbaswing start a monthly
residence at Paris Blues, starting
Sunday, January 29,2017.
Every last Sunday of every month
catch Sumbaswing at:

Paris Blues – Lounge/Bar

2021 Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd.(7th Avenue)
Corner of West 121St Street
New York, NY 10027

NO COVER – FREE BUFFET FROM 9PM – 1AM

For bookings or more information: