East LA Meets NAPA
Mónica is currently one of the most influential people spreading the Passion for Tango in Los Angeles. She is the creative force behind various recent tango shows and presentations. Her vast experience, deeply rooted in Argentina, has developed into a style that mixes traditional form with the modern jazz influence of Piazzolla. A consummate performer, she has shared her passion and technique in South America, the U.S., in Europe and in Asia. Currently you can find Mónica choreographing for The John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, Pacific Dance Company and for the Fox Television Show Soul Food
“MONGORAMA” is a latin-jazz ensemble formed by KJazz 88.1 radio personality Jose Rizo (host of ‘Jazz on the Latin Side’), exploring the early Mongo Santamaria charanga-jazz material of the 1950’s and early 1960’s. Conga legend Mongo Santamaria, saxophonist Chombo Silva and flautist Rolando Lozano performed an exciting latin jazz sound driven by cuban charanga rhythms and straight ahead jazz. “MONGORAMA” celebrates this music preserving the classic charanga-jazz element , yet refreshing it with a modern perspective.
“MONGORAMA” will feature tenor saxophonist Justo Almario and flautist Danilo Lozano revisiting the explorations of saxophonist Chombo Silva and flautist Rolando Lozano (Danilo’s Dad). Rounding out the ensemble is Dayren Santamaria (violin), James Zavaleta (lead vocals), Ramon Banda (timbales), Joey De Leon (congas), Alfredo Ortiz (perc/vocals), Rene Camacho (bass), and Joe Rotondi (piano).
The debut self-titled “MONGORAMA” CD(on Saungu Records) received a Grammy nomination in 2011 . The CD includes special guests Hubert Laws and Poncho Sanchez, performing early Mongo Santamaria material, freshly arranged by Oscar Hernandez and Francisco Torres. The latest CD “Baila Que Baila” again features conguero, Poncho Sanchez, pianist Oscar Hernandez, and also guitarist, Kenny Burrell, performing on one of his classic compositions.
Mongorama was also invited to perform at the Havana International Jazz Festival “Jazz Plaza” in Havana, Cuba in December of 2015.
Closing out the East LA Meets Napa event will be a special performance by a Los Angeles band who knows how to create a fun experience with their latin, hip hop and rock music! You won’t want to miss this performance.
OC Meets NAPA
With the release of their highly anticipated Woodward Avenue Records project, Southern California’s premiere R&B, funk and contemporary powerhouse band DW3 lets the world in on a cool CD titled, “Vintage Truth.”
Driven by the ever-evolving musical vision of core members – Brothers Eric and Billy Mondragon and close family friend Damon Reel – their deepening artistry continues to transcend a well-earned reputation as a high energy, fun and freewheeling party band. Eric, Billy and Damon all contribute lead and harmony vocals, while Eric plays keys (including synth horns and strings) and Billy adds percussion.
Building on the success of their single, “I Got You” featuring Gerald Albright, (#16 on the Billboard charts) and the “On The Floor” album that went #1 on the UK soul charts, DW3 – now expanded to nine a piece ensemble. The addition of a horn section really sets the tone for their live shows. The truth is in the twelve tracks of their “Vintage Truth” CD. Delivering original vocal tracks along with freshly re-imagined covers of classics like The Eagles’ “I Can’t Tell You Why,” Luther Vandross’ “So Amazing” and Stevie Wonder’s “Overjoyed.” The project also includes DW3’s soulful take on The Mamas & the Papas gem “California Dreamin’,” which won the California Lottery Powerball song contest and spawned a popular YouTube video.