Lise Gilly, a native of Washington DC and dual citizen of France, came to Chicago via Miami, Florida, in 1994.  She quickly began performing Classical music with chamber groups and local symphonies.

Seeking a different musical outlet with a flute focus, she founded Grupo Cha Cha in 1998. Since then they have performed freelance shows all over Chicago and released their first critically acclaimed CD, Direcciones, in 2005.  Their second CD, “This is The Life” was released in Summer 2012 with glowing reviews and enthusiastic audience response.  Both discs are available on Amazon, CDBaby and iTunes.

Members Alberto Arroyo, percussion, and Brett Benteler, bass, have been fixtures on the Chicago Latin scene for 15 years.  Darwin Noguera, piano, Victor Garcia, trumpet, and Nythia Martinez, vocals are fast rising stars in Chicago collaborating together in the Chicago Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble(CALJE).  Jean Leroy, drums and Janet Cramer, percussion, bring their unique style of Latin rhythms to the band displaying their passion for Cuban bata music.  Sultry Colombian singer, Diana Mosquera, and up and coming pianist, Adrian Ruiz, round out the band on the newest tracks.

Grupo Cha Cha has been featured on the Marshall Vente Jazz Festival, the Lakeview Street Festival, US Cellular Field(home of the Chicago White Sox), Chicago Botanic Garden Jazz Series and Navy Pier’s Latin Nights Series.  They are very proud to have been selected to perform at the Chicago Latin Jazz Festival.

Grupo Cha Cha is regularly broadcast of 90.9 WDCB Chicago’s Home for Jazz, and Latin Internet stations all across Europe.  Grupo Cha Cha is truly international with members representing America, Canada, Colombia, France, Mexico, Nicaragua and Puerto Rico together creating their unique vibrant sound.

You can find Grupo Cha Cha performing in all the major Latin venues in Chicago as well as at private and corporate events.  Be our friend: and online for upcoming dates and breaking news: and

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Lise Gilly

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