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Papo Vazquez Trombonist, composer and arranger Papo Vázquez is more than thirty-five years into a career spanning the jazz, Latin, Afro-Caribbean and classical music and recording worlds.
Recent honors include an invitation by “The Presidents Own” US Marine Band to lead and direct the band on its first Afro Caribbean Jazz performance in the long history of this band, in Washington, DC.
In May 2013, was commissioned by Arturo O’Farrill’s Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra and Symphony Space to compose new music for “Nueva Musica” concert series, in New York.
In 2011, was presented with a Latino Masters Award by the Pregones Theater under The National Endowment for the Arts American Masterpieces: Presenting program.
In 2010, was commissioned by Mr. Wynton Marsalis to compose a work inspired by Cuban painter Wilfredo Lam, he conducted and performed with Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Orchestra on The Jazz and Art concert.
In 2008, won a Grammy nomination for Best Latin Jazz Album for Papo Vázquez’ Mighty Pirates 2008 recording Marooned/Aíslado.
Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez is a Grammy Award winner and one of the most talented drummers in the world today.
Early in 1997, Hernandez traveled to Orvieto, Italy to perform at the Umbria Jazz Festival and record with the band “Crisoul”. Led by trumpeter Roy Hargrove, this all-star lineup combined the energies of Hargrove, Hernandez, Gary Bartz, Frank Lacey, David Sanchez, Changuito, Jon Benitez, Anga Diaz, Russell Malone and Chucho Valdes. Their debut record entitled “Habana” earned “Crisoul” a 1997 Grammy Award for Best Record in the “Latin Jazz” category.
During the same period Hernandez recorded the Michel Camilo’s release “Thru My Eyes” with Jon Patitucci and Anthony Jackson. On this record, El Negro’s true essence is captured on the track “A Night in Tunisia.” Also during this time, Hernandez appeared with McCoy Tyner and his band in San Francisco and recorded and toured with Santana for their 1997 world tour.
Richie Flores, one of the most in-demand percussionists of today’s active music scene has captured the attention of fans and critics alike by way of his electric performances that continually thrill audiences worldwide. Recently described by Latin Beat Magazine as having “the fastest hands in the East and the West,” Richie’s music is primal and powerful. He is currently in the process of innovating a new sound for the band of which he is leading; an exciting, contemporary fusion containing elements of rap, jazz and even salsa, further complemented by lyrics that contain a positive message of hope, a message that is relevant to the challenging issues we face in today’s ever changing world. Born in Brooklyn, New York, but raised in Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico, Richie was a prodigious talent as a young child that began playing congas at the early age of 5. He embarked on his professional career by age 8 playing with Grupo Batacumbele and Roberto Roena and the Apollo Sound. By age 13, he traveled to New York to play with Roberto Roena at the Village Gate, making him one of the youngest musicians ever to travel with a band outside of Puerto Rico. He continued performing professionally while studying percussion at the highly regarded Escuela Libre de Musica in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico. With this successful start under his belt, Richie’s musical career continued to evolve by playing with some of the most respected and celebrated artists in the genre such as Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, Cachao, The Fania All Stars, Gato Barbieri, Hilton Ruiz, David Sanchez and the Tropijazz All Stars. He has participated on many notable recordings, including the Grammy Award Winning album entitled “Master Sessions – Volume I,” by Cachao, Grammy nominated album Arete by Eddie Palmieri in 1996 and on Palmas in 1994, as well as David Sanchez’s Grammy nominated album “Obsesion” in 1997. He also has recorded with other notable artists such as Gato Barbieri, Hilton Ruiz, The Tropijazz All-Stars, Tochico Akiochi, Jimmy Bosch and Sergio George. Mr. Flores has had his own line of Congas with Pearl Drums since 2001 and actively tours the world teaching clinics at various educational institutions on behalf of Pearl. He has recently signed an endorsement deal with Zildjian cymbals and also uses Remo FiberSkyn 3 products.