JOSE LUIS "EL GATO" MORAN
An elegant and sibarite salsa voice has allow “The Cat” Moran to shared with artists like the legendary Larry Harlow, Cheo Feliciano, Richie Ray & Bobby Cruz, Oscar D’ León and Adalberto Santiago to name just a few. Latin Grammy nominated and considered as "Latin Music Ambassador" by Latinos in London Magazine because of his performances worldwide even at countries such as Russia, Sultanate of Oman or Morrocco (150.000 crowd)
José Luis Morán, venezuelan salsa singer, born in Maracaibo and nicknamed “El Gato” by the media in Spain, has over 20 years on the international stage sharing the same with artists like Oscar D’ Leon, Adalberto Santiago, Larry Harlow, Cheo Feliciano, David Pavón, Tito Allen, Richie Ray & Bobby Cruz, Chucho and Bebo Valdés, among others.
Hes nicknamed “El Gato” refer to the popular adjective for those are born in Madrid based on a story that occurred during the Muslim domination when the warriors climbed the walls of Madrid like CATS and fight for the freedom of the city.
Has performed in Festivals such as Toros y Salsa in Dax-France, International Jawhara in El Jadida-Maroc (150.000 crowds and the only west artist to participate in it), Viva América in Cádiz-Spain, IV Latino Fest in Canary Island (250.000 crowd), among others, and in places such as Muscate (being the first salsa concert in Oman Sultanate history), London, Frankfurt, Stockholm, St. Petersburg, Rome, Paris, Chicago…. His performances imbued with joy and rhythm, are characterized by continuous interaction with the public making them participants and protagonists of the show.
In 2008 he participated in the Latin Grammys in the row “Best Tropical Album” with Marc Anthony, Tito Nieves and Maelo Ruiz as well as at Music Academy Awards for the Arts and Sciences of Spain.
His music and art have been included in the soundtracks of films such as “The Shame” by director David Planell and “Women Without Piano” by Javier Rebollo which were awarded with the Golden Barrel Cactus at XII Film Festival Malaga and the Silver Shell at 57 Festival Internacional de San Sebastián-Donostia.
Having the award from New Town Association in Spain because taking his music and art to countries not traditionally “salseros”, “El Gato” Morán has been recognized recently by Latinos in London Magazine as Latin Music Ambassador. His Salsa music and voice have been considered as elegant and sybarite by Latin Beat Magazine-New York.
LUIS MIGUEL "EL CHINCHILLA"
Many years on stages and five CD works support the carrer of this charming singer who create a fuse among Rumba Flamenca and other musical genres such as Reggae, Ska and Rock. "El Chinchilla" performances are full of energy and happiness, nobody can stop dancing and being indifferent during his performances. Spanish roots date to our time without losing the "andalusi" essence of them, just amazing!
THE CHINCHILLA: a great singer manchego that fuses various genres like rumba, rock, ska, reggae, creating a very personal style with a wide range of musical nuances and that leaves no one indifferent. In his most recent album FREE “aflamencado” mixes rock with a chorus musically “SKAtológicos” and rumba melody voices in addition to the Moorish influences caused by his trips to Morocco. A production carefully prepared and in which there is no filling straw. All topics are essential and contribute their grain to form a round disc.
SPANISH ALL STARS
Made up of top professional musicians based in Spain although with several origens, not only from this country but others as Colombia, Venezuela, Cuba, etc. This musical group is available in formats 4, 5, 6 and 9 musicians and often accompany singers well known on international tours. Spanish All Stars is a guarantee for any salsa event promoter looking for quality and professionalism as they also have their own show so, alone or accompanying other singers, the "Party" is insured
Considered among the best in their respective styles, the musicians who make up the Spanish Orchestra All Stars decided to combine their talents, art and professionalism after having been part of other groups that often accompany well known “soneros” and salsa singers on his travels and tours Europe.
A long list of performances support its work sharing with artists like Cheo Feliciano, Larry Harlow, Tito Allen, Richie Ray and Bobby Cruz, Roberto Roena, Ismael Miranda, Ray dela Paz, among many others.
Pure and Hard Salsa, that one with Palladium and the streets of New York sound in the 60/70. Pure talent combined with hard work, rehearsals, creativity, seriousness in perspective and ethical plus professional commitment make Spanish All Stars the perfect and actual band.
LATIN - JAZZ QUARTET
Mitch Frohman started with Joe Cuba 38 years ago, and then he played with most of well known names as Charlie Palmieri, Tito Puente, with whom he was playing for 25 years, Celia Cruz, Che Feliciano and many more. Frohman is an active part of the great Spanish Harlem Orchestra and Big Band Mambo Legends Orchestra as well. His signature sound can be heard somewhere in the world everyday as he is the sax soloist on the theme of TV’s mega- hit “Sex & The City”. After almost 40 years in the Latin Jazz community Mitch Frohmanis long overdue to present his own music.
Bronx native, Mitch Frohman, is one of the top saxophonist/flutists in the music scene. After graduating from Columbus H.S. (Bronx, N.Y. class of 1971), he went on to get his Bachelor of Music Education degree from The University of Miami (class of 1975). His versatility in different styles of music has led him to many opportunities of playing with the greatest musicians in the world. For 25 years he was the sax and flute soloist with The TITO PUENTE ORCHESTRA & LATIN-JAZZ ENSEMBLE & also was a steady member of the MONGO SANTAMARIA band for many years. Continuing that tradition, Mitch is the sax/flute soloist and co-leader of The MAMBO LEGENDS ORCHESTRA (the former all-stars of The Tito Puente Orchestra). Some of the great salsa/latin-jazz artists he has played and or recorded with are MACHITO, CELIA CRUZ, La LUPE, EDDIE & CHARLIE PALMIERI, PAQUITO D’RIVERA, CHICO O’FARRILL ORCH., MILLY/JOCELYN & LOS VECINOS (merengue), CHEO FELICIANO, JOE CUBA, AVENTURA (bachata) and many more. He has also played and or recorded with CYNDI LAUPER, PAUL SIMON, DAVID BYRNE & THE TALKING HEADS, and BLOOD, SWEAT and TEARS.
Currently, besides leading the critically acclaimed latin-jazz and salsa dance band THE BRONX HORNS & leading EDDIE TORRES’ MAMBO KINGS Dance/Show Orchestra, Mitch is touring the world as the sax/flute soloist with the grammy award winning SPANISH HARLEM ORCHESTRA. In addition to being an in-demand performer, Mitch is an accomplished clinician for students from elementary age to college/conservatory level (he was the first sax/flute instructor at the world famous LOS ANGELES SALSA CONGRESS). And last (but not least), his signature solo sound can be heard somewhere in the world, every day, as he is the saxophone soloist on the THEME SONG of the mega-hit T.V. show SEX & THE CITY.
ORCHESTRA CALLE MORA
Calle Mora Latin Jazz is a band led by Venezuelan percussionist and composer Jaime Vasquez Ruiz. With an own sound and style, Calle Mora offers an extraordinary fusion of Jazz with Caribbean rhythms and strong African influence in the purest meaning. Absolutely Jaime "Papa" Vásquez and Calle Mora are an example of musical creativity and good work, full of harmony and nuances that make his music unmistakable, and a real sample of the new generations in Latin Jazz
Calle Mora: band composed of 5/8 professional musicians from different countries specializing in Latin Jazz & Salsa Progressive. Created in Venezuela made its career in the rest of America and now based in Madrid, Spain. Led by James “Papa” Vásquez, considered one of the most complete percussionists in Europe.
He has also worked with the Symphony Orchestra of Tenerife in a tribute to Johann Sebastian Bach “Bach to Cuba” directed by Emilio Aragón. Jaime receives the influences of masters like Eddie Martinez, Michel Camilo and Alfredo de la Fe having shared, and formed part of the National Jazz Orchestra of Spain, recording with artists such as Chano Domínguez, Jerry Gonzalez, Paquito de Rivera, Randy Brecker, directed by master Ramón Farran.
Henry Knowles, known as the # 1 Salsa DJ around the world, is the DJ’s disc jockey, spinning that tension-building beat and filling dancers with ánimo. With la clave in his heart and the music in his veins, he carries his passion for Latin culture and music in his work.
This very special disc jockey’s mixing abilities are unmatched and respected worldwide. His breadth of knowledge about Salsa music and its history, his music library, and ability to read his audience while creating un ambiente caliente have made Henry the Salsa community’s most beloved disc jockey.
Born in New York City’s ‘Spanish Harlem’ and of Puerto Rican descent, Henry's love for the music that makes his blood flow was born during the family parties in New York City and afternoon rains of his childhood summers in Puerto Rico. On this tropical island, and in New York City is where he found his soul—and learned to dance Salsa. A dancer, practically all his life—"My heart beats on clave" —he is known to hold his own and understands how to honor and inspire a Salsero on the dance floor. Henry has performed as a disc jockey, master of ceremonies, sound engineer, video jockey and promoter in more than 30 countries and 100 cities throughout the USA, Canada, Caribbean, Europe Mediterranean, Mexico, Central and South America — even Asia.
He believes his travels are also an opportunity to share his skills, talents and experience with aspiring disc jockeys. Admired as the "DJs DJ," Henry often holds workshops wherever he happens to be, sharing with his comrades how he works the floor and the latest and most effective mixing techniques.
He has performed throughout Spain, even composed a very acclaimed theme for Football Selection of Spain for Wordl Championship at South Africa, also offering concerts for the rest of Europe and countries of the ex – Soviet bloc. His performances, accompanied by band of 5 musicians, are full of the joy of southern Spain with strong “andalusí” influence
NEW SWING SEXTET
1965 to 2015 / Celebrating 50 years
Imagine a hot salsa band from the1960s reuniting after a 30-year hiatus to discover an even greater,more global, fan base. “Rip Van Winkle couldn’t have had it better,”recalls co-bandleader George Rodriguez of the New Swing Sextet’s (NSS) recaptured infectious popularity. “No one is more surprised than we are,” says the vibist and original NSS member, “to be ‘Back on the Streets’.”
A product of New York City and the excitement and turbulence of the sixties, the New Swing Sextet made its professional debut performing in the Singer Bowl at the last New York Worlds Fair in 1965. The band has been a popular and innovative exponent of Latin jazz, salsa and pop music for nearly five decades.
With a long history of making music on the streets of Latin New York through
harmonized vocals, piano, vibes, bass and Latin percussion, NSS recorded the last of 4 albums, all under the Cotique label, in 1970 and broke up in the late seventies. Today, the New Swing Sextet celebrates its 50th Anniversary and is preparing to release it’s new “50 Years of Swing” CD later this year,
following up its “Back on the Streets...a taste of Spanish Harlem Vol 2” which was nominated for a Grammy Award by the Recording Academy, and “Yesterday Today & Tomorrow,” (released in January 2013). The band offers the classic Latin New York sound of another era, perfectly preserved and bottled for today’s global salsa enthusiasts. Recent performances to large audiences all over the USA, Europe, Russia, Asia and the Middle East have proven that NSS is better than ever.
The New Swing Sextet features George Rodriguez on vibes and vocals; co-leader, Angel Justiniano on vocals and conga drums; his younger brother Harry Justiniano on bass and vocals; Hector Ortiz on bongos and latin percussion; Jimmy Figueroa on timbales and vocals; Conal Fowkes on piano and the singing of Jose “Cheo” Medina on lead vocals. “You couldn't make up a better story,” said Giora Breil, the former CEO of Fania/Emusica, who released the Grammy nominated CD. “It falls in line with the history of salsa in New York. Historically, with this production, we are connecting the dots in a richly complex contribution of Latinos in the fabric of American music.”
LA CANDELA SALSA ORCHESTRA
La Candela is an youth but experienced orchestra, that seeking a place among the preferences of Salsa dancers.
Our proposal aims to “hook” the dancer with the primal rhythms of salsa like theson montuno, guaguancó, mambo and cha cha cha. Therefore we tried to compose a group to recover the sound of the era when Salsa was forging.
The band consists of seven musicians based in Tenerife (Canary Islands) including youth and seniority mix. Some of them are still studying at the music conservatory and the veterans have been part of bands floor and shared the stage with international figures such as Tito Nieves, Tony Vega, Adalberto Santiago, Cheo Feliciano, Luisito Carrion, Manolito Simonet, Pedro Brull, etc.
The intention is, above all, make people enjoy the most direct way possible, and this is only achieved with live music.
Our target audience is the Salsa dancer, great consumer of this kind of music. So we are putting all our efforts to reach the various salsa congresses and festivals held throughout the world and at any time of year.
We already have the commitment of Benidorm Salsa Congress, one of the best in the world, to play in one of his nights of social dancing next edition 2016.