Clyde and Colleen

Marshall Vente Octet
Tribute to Steely Dan
• MVP (Marshall Vente Pop)

Tropicale Headlined


"Tropicale is one of Chicago's finest Latin groups."
-Howard Reich Chicago Tribune

"Folks in Chicago have been raving for years about Marshall Vente's particularly satisfying brand of Latin Americn influenced jazz."
-Arts Midwest

"Just wanted to thank you very much for an excellent performance at our summer outing on the Windy sailboat. It was a super event in terms of the weather, the catering and the band which was perfect for our party. The music was so relaxing we all wanted to stay on the boat all night and just enjoy."
-Julia C. Adams, Rreef Funds

"Thanks so much to you and Tropicale for your wonderful performance as a part of our Summer Breeze Concert Series, it was a great show and we are still receiving glowing reports from many of the 1,000+ who were in attendance that evening. It was the perfect music for a summer evening!"
-Betsy Armistead, Director, Prairie Center for the Arts

"Marshall Vente loves a party!"
-Fred Bouchard Bossa

"Folks in Chicago have been raving for years about pianist Marshall Vente's particularly satisfying brand of Latin American influenced jazz. It's authentic, it's perfected and the leader capably stretches and shapes his music, updating it and augmenting it to fit modern themes. There is never a dull moment... "
-Nancy Ann Lee, Arts Midwest Jazz

"For years, longtime Chicago jazzman Marshall Vente has infused his music with a tropical flavor that has delighted fans at local jazz clubs, like Pops for Champagne, the Green Mill and Andy's"
-Barbara Vitello, Daily Herald

"This is to declare that "Tropicale with Marshall Vente" had an excellent performance as musical entertainers at the "Brasilian Night" sponsored by General Electric Company during the Congress organized by the Radiological Society of North America in Chicago."
-Danilo Talanskas, GE Sistemes Medicos, Brasi

Samba 1 Video

Tracksheet for a blend of Latin, Brazilian and Caribbean Music! Click on the track title to listen.

Latin Dance Party

Mambo #5
Prez Prado

I Wanna Dance
Eddie Palmieri


Miami Sound Machine

Black Magic Woman

Mambo Inn
Mario Bauza

Mambo Influciado


Oye Como Va
Tito Puente

Waiting for Tonight
Jennifer Lopez

Mambo #9
Prez Prado

Brazilian Carnival Rio

Batucada (the Beat)

Tristeza (Happiness)
Mauricio Einhorn

Ivan Lins

Rio de Janeiro Blue
Randy Crawford

MPB Batucada

Mas Que Nada
Sergio Mendes

Brazilian Bossa nova for Cocktails/Dinner

Voce E Eu (You & I)
Carlos Lyra

The Dolphin
Luiz Eca & Tamba 4

Antonio Carlos Jobim

Antonio Carlos Jobim

Eu Sei Que Vou Te Amar
Antonio Carlos Jobim

Velas (Sails)
Ivan Lins

If You Never Come to Me
Antonio Carlos Jobim

Caribbean Sounds

Brown Skin Girl

Comin' in Hot
Peter Tosh

Bob Marley

Jimmy Buffett

Jimmy Buffet


Hot Hot Hot

Waiting in Vain
Bob Marley

Down the Road
Andy Narell



Temple sang "Flor di Lis" on the Tropicale CD and appears with Marshall several times a year

Javier Gonzales, percussion, from Venezuala

Master percussionist Jose Gregorio, from Venezuela


Tropicale has two repetoires: one for festivals, concerts and club dates; and, another for parties, events and receptions. The first concentrate on the art and jazz side; and, the latter presents the commecial side (Hot Hot Hot, steel drum music, Jimmy Buffett, ... all dance and party music). A tropical wave breaks on the beaches of Chicago! Brazilian, Caribbean and Latin jazz presented with a festival of fun and excitement.
Featuring the stars of the CD recording "Tropicale" Tropicale plays to wildly enthusiastic audiences with its percussive rhythms, sparkling horns, steel drums and trio of vocalists. From classical Brazilian composers to Jimmy Buffett, Tropicale is a fresh mix poured straight from Marshall's blender.

Elegant tropical music for special events, theme parties, galas, fund-raisers, receptions, awards dinners, conventions, festivals, concerts, cruises, dinner dances and all gigs with palm trees and boatdrinks!

Specializing in all forms of Brasilian, Caribbean and Latin music with jazz: Brasilian bossa nova & samba. Latin salsa, songo, meringue. Caribbean soca, reggae, limbo & calypso. A young pan cultural group, featuring some of Chicago's finest artists including. Colleen Timler and Clyde Sandquist -vocals Isidiro Perez, timbales & percussion, Luiz Ewerling -drums/percussion, Jose Gregorio or Javier Gonzalez -congas & percussion, Glenn Reitsma -acoustic/electric guitars & vocals, Jim Batson -bass & vocals Marshall Vente -piano, keyboards, vocals, conductor and MC

Leo Gandleman, Brazil's top saxophonest and guest soloist on the Tropicale CD

Neville York of St. Maarten often performs with "Tropicale" (See Neville's Page)

Brasilian guitarist / vocalist, Paulinho Garcia, has made many guest appearances with Tropicale

Glenn Reitsma on acoustic classical guitar

Master drummer, Luiz Ewerling, from Brasil "The Samba School in one person!"

Isi Perez, percussion of Cuban heritage

Jim Batson

You may contact Marshall Vente 
by phone at: (630) 541-3381

Cell phone: (630) 430-5113

or by e-mail at


Marshall Vente 
P.O. Box 1135
Westmont, IL 60559


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