Cuarteto Guataca is a Salsa band based in New York City since 2012. Josh Levine and Jainardo Batista are the core duo. Guataca means to play by ear, and the two describe their music as being based on listening to each other. For a vibrant addition to your big day, this band is happy to perform for you and your loved ones.
Cuarteto Guataca offers a variety of musical services for pre-nuptial events as well as ceremonies, cocktail hours, and receptions. For a seamless entertainment experience, they can provide MC and DJ services. Josh, Jainardo and their team mates can play entirely acoustic or are happy to project their performance with their state-of-the-art sound system. The band specializes in an array of Latin music including, but not limited to son Cubano, salsa, bolero and cha. They can also perform r&b, pop, and jazz standards to help create a celebration that aligns with your unique vision.
26 Reviews for Cuarteto Guataca
Recommended by 100% of couples
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Roopa A. · Married on 06/06/2019
The best wedding band
Wish I could give 10 stars!! This band is out of this world!!! They were definitely one of the highlights of our wedding and everyone absolutely loved them!! Their sound is beautiful, cool, and people were up dancing even into the wee hours of the night, while others were sitting back chilling and bobbing their heads along. I wish I could have more parties just to have them play. Also, Josh was beyond friendly, professional, and very easy to work with from day one. He even stayed longer to hang out with me and my friends. I myself was a professional musician for a decade so I searched long and hard for the perfect band. Do yourself a favor - look no further, hire these guys for your next event!! You and your guests will be obsessed!!Sent on 04/13/2021
Cuarteto Guataca's reply:Thank you Roopa! It was a pleasure to meet you and your friends and family. All the best, Josh Levine
Verlaine N. · Getting married on 03/06/2025
This amazingly talented group of musicians regularly played at our venue, Verlaine, Sunday nights for years. They created a one of a kind experience for our customers and staff alike. They are always professional, prompt and most importantly authentic musical entertainment. When they play, you can't help but dance. Truly an incredible experience. Without fail, they would fill the whole space. Always guaranteed a busy night. We can't wait until we are able to have them back!Sent on 04/13/2021
Cuarteto Guataca's reply:Thank you so much Gary! Means a lot to us that you took the time to do this! See you out there soon I hope.
Frances R. · Getting married on 01/04/2022
Immensely talented band, exceeded expectations
The Museum of the City of New York hired Josh Levine's Cuarteto Guataca to provide live latin music for a museum-wide festival in November, 2019. We needed a latin band, a jazz band, and a music workshop for kids and families. Josh and his Cuarteto delivered on every count: they were extremely professional, easy to work with, and willing to consider the scope of the event and audience when planning their sets. They were also willing to work within the parameters of our somewhat non-traditional performance space. The music was energetic, dynamic, and compelling and the musicians were supremely talented. They offered a truly engaging performance, which was extremely well received by our audience. I would highly recommend Josh and the Cuarteto to any organization or individual considering presenting music with extraordinary artistic quality!Sent on 04/13/2021
Cuarteto Guataca's reply:Thank you for taking the time to post this lovely review Fran!
Cuarteto Guataca Price Rates
We offer a 10% discount to couples who book us through our prefered booking platform www.gigsalad.com
Just go to www.GigSalad.com and search for Cuarteto Guataca. Send us a request for a quote and mention that you found us on WeddingWire.
Every Thursday from 7-9pm
Featuring lead vocalist and flutist Jeremy Bosch, pianist Gabriel Chakarji and bassist Josh Levine.
This is for dining and drinking. We play indoors and there are outdoor seating options within earshot of the band.
Every Friday from 6-9pm
This is a total dance party with Jeremy Bosch, Jainardo Batista, Gabriel Chakarji and Josh Levine and DJ Gagou Greyson during the band’s breaks.
Outdoors in a plaza under a tent so it's rain or shine. Parking lot very nearby just costs $5.
Every Saturday from 7:30-10:30pm with pianist César Orozco, Itai Kriss on flute, Jeremy Bosch on flute, Jainardo Batista and Josh Levine
Flute lovers delight!
Asian-Cuban fusion cuisine
Team of Cuarteto Guataca
Co-leader, co-owner, lead singer and percussionist
Jainardo Batista of San Juan, Puerto Rico has been at the heart of New York's salsa and Cuban music scene for decades. He is a sonero's sonero, a percussionist's percussionist and a musician's musician.
Jainardo toured the world through The State Department anbd Jazz at Lincoln Center's Jazz Ambassadors program and co-led the legendary Cuban son group in NYC called Nu' Guajiro with tres player Aaron Halva.
Co-leader, co-owner, bass, vocals and booking
I got my start as a professional musician playing in the parks and on the streets of NYC, so when things were in various states of shut down during the Spring of 2020, I went back to my roots and started playing in the parks with one of New York’s premier percussionists and soneros — Jainardo Batista. Before long, we had generated some buzz, including a tweet by the mayor citing us as proof that NYC was still alive and kicking. Venues with outdoor spaces started to invite us to play and we gained momentum as a band, playing together more and more, rehearsing new repertoire, and building our following the whole time. To sum it up, we had a very atypical experience as performing artists during the pandemic, performing almost as much or more than we were in the before times. Our next step will be to record an album.
Cuban tres, flute, coro and minor percussion
Itai Kriss, a Grammy nominated recording artist praised by Jazzwax as “one of the most exciting new flutist-composers” on the scene, commands a variety of musical genres with an eclectic style infused with Jazz, Latin and Middle Eastern sounds.
According to Downbeat Magazine, there is a “tangy, exotic flavor” to the New York musician’s style, which can be heard on his debut album, The Shark (2010) as well as on his latest release, TELAVANA (2018). The Shark features Kriss’ “soaring technique and phrasing that is both aggressive and pastoral,” which displays the versatility of his command of the flute, shifting through genres from funk and reggae to salsa and Arabic stylings with fluid ease.
After spending the past 15 years working at the forefront of New York City’s Jazz scene while performing, recording and touring with some of the world’s top Afro-Cuban, Latin and Salsa artists, flute virtuoso Itai Kriss fuses the sounds of his native Israel with those of his adopted homelands in the Americas to create TELAVANA. From the desert shores of Israel to the tropical beaches of Cuba, TELAVANA bridges the musical spheres of the Middle East and the Caribbean by combining Timba, Soul, North African music and Jazz to create a unique and lively mix of rhythms and textures.
When not touring and recording with likes of Orquesta Akokán, Dafnis Prieto, Edmar Castañeda, Yemen Blues, Gregory Hutchinson, Burning Spear, Los Hacheros, Pedrito Martinez, Omer Avital, Grupo Latin Vibe, Yosvany Terry, Avishai Cohen, Eric McPherson, Elio Villafranca, Kriss performs regularly at premiere New York music venues including The Blue Note, Birdland, S.O.B.’s, Lincoln Center and The Copa Cabana.