Pavel & Direct Contact
About Pavel & Direct Contact
Pavel & Direct Contact is known for its energetic, fiery performances, much in the vein of the modern pyrotechnicians of today’s Latin Jazz world. Led by Internationally-known Dominican pianist and Chicago Music Awards Nominee, Pavel Polanco-Safadit, Direct Contact brings an unforgettable experience of Latin Jazz, Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, and Latin-infused American pop song.
With a combined experience from around the globe, the band members have played throughout the Americas, the Carribean, Europe and Asia. The band is composed of Indy Jazz Hall-of-Famers, studio musicians, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra players, and International artists. These professional musicians have shared the stage with legends such as Ray Charles, Peter Erskine, Kenny G, Dave Valentin, Max Weinberg, Patti LaBelle, Roscoe Mitchell, Gunther Schuller, The Who, The Moody Blues, Rod Stewart, Ben E. King, and Henry Mancini.
Pavel & Direct Contact features vibrant horns, Latin rhythms, and vocals in both Spanish and English. In 2010, Direct Contact released their first album The Other Side. Since then, they have produced three recordings with AireBorn Records: Rush Hour (2017), D’la Calle(2018), and Americanisao (2019). These compositions by Steve Dokken and Pavel feature David Allee, Leah Crane, Rob Dixon, Pedro Fernandez, Matt McGraw, Freddie Mendoza, Andre Rosa-Artis, and the late Raul Padro. Along with their latest single “Vida Compartida,” they can be found on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, and Google Play.
With dancing shoes or not, you will be immersed into a world of entertainment. Host of WFYI’s Cultural Manifesto, D.J. Kyle Long will be joining the band to bring music after doors open and in between sets.