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Yolo Mambo / Bio

The transglobal rhythms of Yolo Mambo will transport you to Brazil, Cuba, Peru, Cape Verde, France, Spain, New Zealand, and the States. Yolo Mambo blends spicy cha-cha, jazz, bossa nova, samba, salsa, and folk with the dynamic vocals of Catherine LeBlanc in languages from all over this Earth. Completing the instrumental and vocal backing are jazz and world music veterans Phil Summers on Spanish guitar, Carla Campbell on percussion, and Steve O’Neill on string bass. Phil and Catherine are both former members of !Akimbo, Carla is remembered from her work with Clan Dyken and Di Patterson, and Steve O’Neill has recorded with Sourdough Slim and California Zephyr.
Discography: "Roulette of Romance" 2010 "Worldwide" 2011
“They sound like a well-oiled machine.”- Joe Craven

"I wanted to extend my sincere thanks for your performance at the Museum on Thursday. The audience loved the music and it was the perfect addition to our Bohemian themed event. I was so impressed at the way your sound fit the festive mood. In addition to the great sound and repertoire, I thought your stage presence and the overall look of your stage set was both charming and fitting for our event. Your group was very easy to work with and we would love to have you back for a future event. Thanks again!!"
- Rika N., Manager, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento

"Yolo Mambo was so much more than I could have hoped for! All four musicians were extremely talented, professional and together created the most delightful musical performance. We especially enjoyed the beautiful voice of the vocalist singing in the various languages. They set just the right tone for our party! One of the things that is so engaging about Yolo Mambo is that they really seem to enjoy working together and therefore exude a happy energy and enthusiasm. My guests were enthralled with the music and I could not have been more delighted. I highly recommend Yolo Mambo for your next party or event!!!!”
- Connie S., Sacramento

““Your music is fantastic!” -Mark West, Rominger West Winery, Davis

“I wanted to thank you and the band for delivering such a great performance. You put on a great show and the crowd loves it. Thank you again for working with us on this to make it all happen. Look forward to hearing you again soon when I can just sit and enjoy in the audience.”
- Lynda Hinds, RootStock Gifts & Tasting Room

“It was so lovely to have you and the band at my birthday party! You all made it very special! Everyone, of course, raved about how wonderful you all were. Everyone really enjoyed it! Thanks again”
- Stefanie C., Davis

“They performed inside our library and did a wonderful job. They were early and set up quickly - and packed up fast too, which matters since we have to close the building at a specific time. But best of all they gave a terrific concert. They are at ease with an audience, which had a lot of fun. Plus they are just four extra-talented musicians. Catherine LeBlanc has an amazing voice. We really appreciate their coming all this way. We'd definitely book them again.”
professionalism? 5 stars
overall talent? 5 stars
handling special requests for your event? 5 stars
how strongly would you recommend Yolo Mambo to a friend? 5 stars
overall satisfaction with Yolo Mambo? 5 stars
- Margot A., Orinda Library, Orinda, CA

“I really appreciated the various techniques you explore with your music and as an ensemble. In “Elefantes,” I really enjoyed the playing and singing; excellent feel, very nice phrasing of the melody, interesting arrangement, great ensemble sound, and the music is beautiful and inventive.”
- Jeff W., via email regarding our new CD, World Wide

"We really enjoyed having Yolo Mambo play at our Spring Tasting. Your music was lively and fun but worked nicely into the background allowing guests to talk and drink without being over powered. We enjoyed working with you and we'll think of you again.
- Andi C., Putah Creek Winery, Davis, CA

"Many thanks again for the wonderful music you brought to our party! My wife has mentioned over and over how perfect the music was for the occasion, and many people commented to me about how much they enjoyed your delightful songs."
- Crilly B., Davis, CA

“The theme of our wedding rehearsal picnic was french. Yolo Mambo made a point of including french songs as well as a wonderful eclectic playlist that was a perfect backdrop for the relaxed picnic atmosphere. They were both professional and personal in their approach to the day's planning. I really appreciate their willingness to work in an outdoor environment with no available electricity! They made the day exquisite!”
- Jan K., Napa, CA

Musician Discographies:
Phil Summers: !Akimbo (1996), Here with Us (1998) Bones Don't Lie (2006), Aha-Kimbo (2009): with !Akimbo (World Music), Survival (2006) with Brother Errol G (Reggae)
Catherine LeBlanc: !Akimbo (1996), Here with Us (1998) with !Akimbo (World Music)
Carla Campbell: Diane Patterson Xtet: Ceremony Demo (1996)
Clan Dyken, Green Prayer (1996)
Duval Speck, Green Eye Blue Eye (1998)
Bill Scholer, Haunted Highway (2011)
Tree-O, Count of Days (2013)

Steve O'Neill: Sourdough Slim: O Sweet Mama, Travelin' Blues
Bill Scholer: Haunted Highway
Loose Acoustic Trio: Sorrow Be Gone
The Possums: Au Naturel
Laura Sandage: Bloom
California Zephyr single: Lulu b/w Cactus Flower

Margot A. Orinda Library Music Series (925) 254 2184
Shelly Keller, Davis Farmer’s Market, 530.756.1695
Brett Freeman, City of Sacramento: (530) 549 2749

General Info

Band Members
Phil Summers Guitar, Carla Campbell Percussion, Catherine LeBlanc Vocal, Steve O'neill Bass
Artist Name
Yolo Mambo
Home Page
Latin / Latin Jazz / World

Contact Info

Davis, CA

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