Band Descriptions


John Damberg Latin Jazz Quintet

John Damberg Latin Jazz Quintet-2022

John Damberg Latin Jazz Ensemble: Instrumentation features a beautiful blending of marimba, vibes, steel drum, Latin percussion, flute, guitar, bass, and drum set. This group has a fun, upbeat Caribbean Island flavor to it. It is great for concerts and Latin theme parties. It features original music by John Damberg, Mark Manners, and Laura Koenig and fresh arrangements of popular Brazilian, Afro-Cuban, Trinidadian, and Puerto Rican songs.

John Damberg Jazz Quartet #2John Damberg Quartet: Instrumentation includes marimba/vibes/steel drum & percussion, guitar/vocals or piano, bass and drums. flute may be substituted for the guitar. This group is recommended when light dance and classy ambient music is required to set the mood of the party or function. The quartet’s music includes originals, contemporary jazz, funk, and Latin style songs, and a fun selection of Broadway show tunes and jazz standards.

John Damberg Trio: Instrumentation includes vibes/steel drums/piano, guitar or flute or drums, and bass  This group is best used for high quality ambient and listening music and light dance music for intimate company functions, private parties, and weddings. The trio’s song selection is the same as for the John Damberg Quartet.

John Damberg Duo: Instrumentation includes any of the following combinations of instruments: Vibes or Marimba and either Guitar, Piano, Bass or Flute. The duo  is great for ambient cocktail and dinner music at small, intimate functions, restaurants where a smooth, sophisticated sound is desired. The duo’s song selection is the same as for the John Damberg Quartet.

Caravan Variety Dance Band: Features a female Lead Vocalist, Keyboards, Guitar/Vocals, Bass, Drums/Vocals. A Saxophonist is also available for a nominal charge if added to the five piece group or at no extra charge if it is substituted for the guitarist. This is the usual size band that is used for medium to large parties and functions where high quality variety dance music is required. It provides the fullest and most authentic sound. Caravan’s music selections include contemporary pop, country, and R & B hits, classic Motown, Rock, and Big Band songs.

Client Comments

February 7, 2024

Re: John Damberg Latin Jazz Quintet community and school concerts & workshops in Kenai & Soldotna, AK on February 2 & 3, 2024

I wanted to reach out and express my thanks for you and your John Damberg Latin Jazz Quintet  visit to Soldotna last week. We thoroughly enjoyed having you here and I have had a lot of students who wished that you could have stayed for longer. Being able to watch you communicate in real time while you were playing was a great skill for my students to see and experience. We would love to have you come back sometime in the future, so keep us in the loop if you’re ever coming down this way.

Thank you for your time and talent,

Mark Jurek
Instrumental Music
Soldotna High School

February 5, 2024

Re: John Damberg Latin Jazz Quintet community and school concerts & workshops in Kenai and Soldotna, AK on February 2 and 3, 2024
We owe you at least as big a thanks for your energetic and engaging performances for our youth and our general audience. As I was in the narthex as people exited, I asked them about their experience and received enthusiastic and positive responses from all. The head count of 122 in the audience was one of our largest ever.
As an organization, we also enjoyed interacting with the five of you. We will be putting you on our rotation of concerts that we would like to host in the next couple seasons.

Barbara Christian-President Performing Arts Society of Soldotna & Kenai, AK

September 30, 2023

John, I saw your John Damberg Latin Jazz Quintet perform at the AJW Jazz in the Park event on June 3, 2023. Thank you for sharing your amazing talent with us!

Bill Wielechowski

Alaska State Senator 

September 20, 2023

Regarding John Damberg Jazz Quartet performance 

Aloha John,

Just wanted to let you know how brilliant your performance was on Sunday. The band touched everyone there.

Patrick Wimsett-House Party Host for 9-7-23 Sauna Celebration party in Anchorage, AK

January 5, 2023

Hi John,
Thank you so much! You guys were great! I’m so happy you played. My mother was over the moon about the music. She absolutely loved it! (and the rest of us did too!!) My biggest thanks to you and your band mates. I will keep you in mind for future events!

Sarah Bolt regarding music for her mother’s birthday party.

For more information regarding band fees and to design a custom tailored music program to meet the needs of your party or function please contact me at:   John Damberg (907) 332-3234  or