manda Castro is a young jazz singer specializing in well known and lesser known songs of the 1920’s and 1930’s, adding her own unique mix of Latin rhythms, New Orleans soul, and genuine blues feeling. She started studying voice at the age of 15 and has been singing professionally for the last two years, appearing in some of Southern California’s most well known jazz clubs, including Angel’s, Nola’s, The Hip Kitty, Beverly Hills Hotel, Pop Champagne, Proabition, Ralph Brennan’s Jazz kitchen and now Steamers. In addition, Amanda has also appeared as a feature performer at community music festivals and other entertainment events. Audiences at an Amanda Castro performance have said, “It’s not just a band! It’s a show!” And a show it is! Combining high energy musical performance with witty audience rapport and exciting band arrangements, Amanda makes the stage come alive with her own renditions of down and dirty New Orleans blues, sultry Latin songs and straight ahead swinging standards.Consisting of professional jazz musicians with performance experience at international jazz festivals, film, television, Disneyland, and high profile celebrity gigs, the highly versatile band is equally adept at grooving on a Latin samba as much as treating the audience to a taste of authentic New Orleans.
Fans of the Amanda Castro show keep returning for the exciting mixture of great jazz styles offered up by this up and coming singer. Amanda and the band invite you to come experience a fun and entertaining jazz show!
atrick Aranda (Musical Director) is the co leader and music director of The Amanda Castro Band. He has been a professional musician since age 13. He has performed at Disneyland for over 20 years, Universal Studios, Knotts Berry Farm and with numerous jazz ensembles, orchestras and musicals. He is currently professor of music, band director and music department chair at Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga. Performances include The Hollywood Bowl, Sacramento Jazz Festival, Montreux Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, Sutter Creek Ragtime Festival, and Orange County Rag fest. In addition to performing extensively on piano, trombone and tuba, he is also an arranger and composer. Together with Amanda Castro, they come up with the unique arrangements that the Amanda Castro Band is known for.