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.

Pavel Polanco-Safadit - piano
Leah Crane - vocals
Steve Dokken - bass
Matt McGraw - percussion
Gerardo Becerra - congas
Freddie Mendoza - trombone
Rob Dixon - sax
David Allee - trumpet

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). Along with their latest single “Vida Compartida,” they can be found on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, and Google Play.  

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5377 N. College Avenue Indianapolis, IN 46220

  • 317-253-4900
  • Street parking available