Gary Linehan, The Union Democrat

The Columbia Jazz Series will present its season finale,"Big Band Goes Latin," at 7 p.m. Saturday in theDogwood Theater at Columbia College.

The concert will feature the Mario Flores Latin Jazz band along with the college big band, creating a giant 28-piece salsa orchestra.

The Mario Flores Band performs all over the region including regular concerts and dances in Santa Cruz, Sacramento, Monterey, Carmel and San Francisco. The group has also headlined at many area jazz festivals including Sacramento, San Joe, Eureka and Newport, Ore.

The band consists of Mark Gee on piano, Clinton Day on bass, Mike Miller on timbales, Rod Harris on saxophones and leader Mario Flores on congas. The group will be joined by the Columbia Big Band plus special guests Ken Taylor on trombone and David Tanner on drums.

Other featured soloists will include Gordon Giedt on sax, flute and clarinet, Keith Evans on guitar and Josh Lewicki on trumpet.

The music to be performed will include songs by Santana, Tito Puente, Mongo Santamaria and Chano Pozo, including lots ofmambo, samba, bossa, tango and salsa dance music. Some of the songs performed will be "Oye Como Va," "Afro Blue," "Hot, Hot, Hot," "Smooth," "St. Thomas" and "El Burrito Picante and the Chamber of Doom."

The concert will also feature the college vocal jazz quartet of Caroline Walsh, Sheryl Max, Andrea Hayes and Joel Acker. They will be singing harmony selections of Miami Sound Machine's "Conga" and the Tokens' hit "The Lion Sleeps Tonight."

Reserved seat tickets are$15, available at the college's Manzanita Bookstore by phone 588-5126 until noon Friday.

Tickets will be available at Mountain Bookshop in The Junction shopping center until noon Saturday.

Remaining seats will be available at the door. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for the 7 p.m. show.

For more information, call the college jazz office at 588-5211.