An ALL STAR BAND
Jimmy Earl (bass)
Toshi Yanagi (guitar)
Fred Kron (keys)
Charlie Paxson (drums)
Lenny Castro (percussion)
San Miguel (tres)
Eric Jorgensen (trombone)
Lee Thornburg (trumpet)
Cleto Escobedo III (Sax)
Ijeoma Njaka & Gisa Vatcky (back up vocals)
Cecilia Noël is passionate, flamboyant, exotic, and incredible talented. “Salsoul”, the genre Noël created to describe her sound, combines elements of salsa, soul, jazz, funk, and afro-cuban.
A James Brown meets Pérez Prado band, Cecilia Noël And The Wild Clams quickly received attention for their explosive live shows and since the mid 90’s became one of the most powerful and entertaining live music acts in Los Angeles, and beyond.
Originally from Lima, Perú, Noël’s career began at the age of eight with a starring role in a Perúvian television show called “El Tío Johnny.” As a teenager, Noël’s mother Menina Pereira sent her to Argentina and Germany to take voice, violin, and piano lessons. Upon returning, she sang and studied under the tutelage of famed Italian bandleader Carlo Berscia. Encouraged by the legendary Stan Getz to move to the US, Noël relocated to New York City and sang at the legendary Rainbow Room, and as a principal dancer with Jo Jo’s Dance Factory and with the legendary boy band Menudo.
Noël moved to Los Angeles in 1989, and, with her newly formed SalSoul band Cecilia Noël and The Wild Clams were signed to Sony’s Epic Records shortly thereafter.
Noël is now with Compass Records and also performs and records with husband and former Men At Work frontman Colin Hay.