Spanish Harlem Orchestra, the three-time Grammy® winning Salsa and Latin Jazz band, sets the gold standard for excellence in authentic, New York style, hard core salsa.
Whether in a concert hall or at an outdoor jazz festival, there is no easing you in, they come at you full force, from start to finish. Their energy on stage and their rich sound and musical precision leave audiences mesmerized until the last note is played. With an unwavering respect for the music’s storied history, the ensemble’s thirteen world-class musicians and vocalists come together to create an unparalleled musical experience.
Now celebrating their 15th year, SHO, as they are known to fans, is dedicated to the sounds of the barrio (Spanish Harlem NYC). Their music is characterized by the raw, organic and vintage sound defined by the genre. They are on a mission to keep the musical legacy of salsa dura (hard salsa) alive and expand its audience to those who love great music, not just Latin music. Grounded in the past, while focused on the future, they strive to keep the music relevant, creating a unique and fresh approach.
With six CD’s and five Grammy nominations, this powerhouse orchestra is aware that it is crucial to continually push themselves and raise the bar. Their latest release and 6th album entitled “Anniversary” won the 2019 Grammy® Award for “Best Tropical Album”.
José Galván started DJ-ing in 2008, when his job as an On-Air personality at the now defunct Indie 103.1fm demanded it. He had produced The Crystal Method’s weekly radio show, Community Service for 2 years, and with their guidance and some of their gear on loan, he took to the 1’s & 2’s one Cinco de Mayo.
He’s held down lengthy residencies at downtown LA bars like Caña Rum Bar, Las Perlas & R-bar. And has made the rounds on the Westside with the likes of Bar Lubitsch, The Pikey, Circle Bar, Parlour Room, and The Standard WeHo.
José has also Dj’d events for clients like Pepsi, The LA Times, Red Bull, and Sunset Junction. In 2017, he was booked to DJ at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival at their Sonora Stage.
In 2018 he was named Host and On-Air DJ of his own weekly 2-hour radio program at acclaimed Los Angeles, radio station, KCRW. You can hear him live Sunday Nights from 6p-8p on 89.9FM or KCRW.com His focus is promoting new music in all genres in both English and Spanish.
Born in Nayarit, Ricardo Soltero has been the scenery director and stage-set designer for the biggest Day of the Dead celebration in the US. which takes place annually at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
His pieces have adorned and colored an array of cultural exhibits, fundraisers and he has transformed ball rooms into magical environments with his paper mache, recyclable materials, wood and styrofoam sculpted works. As well as iron rod sculptures for a flash mob performances at Union Station.
A list of his current and ongoing Project collaborations include: Hollywood Forever Day of the Dead, Meet me at Metro, 20ys running play of Friday Kahlo with Sinergy group, 24th Street Theater set design, Semblanza Latinoamericana, The Autry Museum, East LA Meets NAPA, Denver Botanical Gardens, Santa Clarita Day of the Dead, La Vista Memorial Park Day of the Dead, UNICEF’s Annual Gala and Metropolitan Fashion Show.
Soltero’s work can be found through the City of Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, and Mexico during different times of the year.
“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 of the early 1960’s, 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), George Ortiz (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. www.saungu.com
One of the most recognizable faces in Hispanic television and film, Fernando is credited with being one of the first actors of his generation to cross-over and make the transition from Latin America to Hollywood.
Allende has starred in more than 32 motion pictures along with iconic TV shows such as Miami Vice, Flamingo Road, The Hitchhiker, and Hart to Hart. Recently, Allende starred in the primetime global hit, Muchacha Italiana Viene a Casarse, which aired daily on Univision.
Before the pull for Hollywood proved irresistible, he starred in numerous telenovelas with Televisa. He also had a dozen best selling records, variety specials, and won the Hispanic equivalent of the Academy Award® and EMMY® in the same year. When Allende finally moved to Hollywood, he became one of the most sought after Latin heartthrobs.
In recent years, Allende has had the opportunity of hosting events such as Miss World competition from China to 150 countries, the Latin version of Star Search, Buscando Estrellas, and has appeared on the Latin version of Dancing With the Stars, Bailando por Un Sueno.
With the release of their highly-anticipated Woodward Avenue Records debut, Southern California’s premiere R&B, funk and contemporary urban jazz powerhouse DW3 lets the world in on a cool “Vintage Truth.” Driven by the ever-evolving musical vision of core members – brothers Eric and Billy Mondragon and Damon Reel – their deepening artistry continues to transcend a well-earned reputation as a high energy, fun and freewheeling party band. While they continue to anchor Thursday nights and the 94.7 The Wave Sunday Brunch at Spaghettini in Seal Beach and electrify festival and cruise-goers as they have for more than a decade, the versatile ensemble is rapidly emerging as a multi-faceted recording outfit in their own right.