Ed Fast has performed in New York, across the country, and criss crossed the globe in productions with stars including Aretha Franklin, Frank Sinatra Jr, Chita Rivera, Charo and many others.
Congabop features top artists in jazz, dance, and drumming coming together to create a unique and powerful force in Afro-Cuban Jazz. Two CD releases, Straight Shot (2007) and Do Or Die (2013) documents Congabop’s vibe & energy with guest appearances by iconic guitarist Larry Coryell, Steve Davis (Art Blakey, Chick Corea), Luques Curtis (Eddie Palmieri), legendary congero Bill Fitch (Cal Tjader, Vince Guaraldi) among others.
Congabop Band Members includes powerhouse horns captained by jazz trombonist extraordinaire Steve Davis and regularly feature some of the most exciting horns on the scene today including Josh Bruneau trpt, Sarah Hanahan- Alto, James Burton – trombone.
Congabop features exceptional vocalists who apply their voice to unique “Rumbafied” versions of jazz standards, Broadway classics, and popular music of The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, and more.
The percussion section led by bandleader Ed Fast regularly features world renowned Afro Cuban specialist Anthony Carrillo (Paul Simon, Eddie Palmieri), and the most soulful conguero on the planet, Jorge Fuentes.
Special guests appearances will include Camilo Molina Gaetán (Eddie Palmieri) on bongo/timbales.
The rhythm section is completed with bassist Matt Dwonszyk and pianists Amy Millan (9/8) & Zaccai Curtis (9/15).
When the music reaches its peak, Solo dance artist Savana Jones joins the band with her special, sultry choreography…she may even grab an audience member or two to join her onstage. Not to be missed!
"..Strong Originals That Fuse Hard Bop And Afro-Cuban Rhythms..” Latin Jazz Corner
Fast leads his group through a number of uptempo originals, fusing bluesy hard bop with Afro-Cuban rhythms." Chip Boaz –
Latin Jazz Corner
"Ed Fast and Conga-Bop, a soulful, sizzling Latin jazz ensemble …." Hartford Courant
"… has drawn rave reviews from the likes of Latin Beat Magazine …." Hartford Advocate
"Conga-Bop encored with a euphoric take on the New Orleans second- line grooves of Marcus Printup's "The New Boogaloo." The snowy night air seemed just a little warmer after that fabulously funky send-off."
– Hartford Courant