Greg Ribot -Tenor Sax/Bari Sax/ Clarinet/Flute/Siku (Andean Panpipes)
Composer & Arranger-Greg Ribot’s distinctive musical vision transcends easy categorization. Following the critically acclaimed “The International Conspiracy” and “El Flete de Mi Canto”, “Greg Ribot-Cumbia y Mas” will be his third.
Greg can also be heard on Sean Lennon’s “Into the Sun”, “Marc Ribot y Los Cubanos Postizos” and “Shoestring Symphonettes”. Greg has been a bandleader for all of his adult life.
Francisco “Pancho” Navarro -Guitar
His masterful playing is illuminated by an encyclopedic knowledge of popular, folkloric, and classical music of Latin America. Francisco is from Mendoza Argentina, and lived in Chile and Mexico before coming to New York. In Mexico he worked with many major Mariachi groups, and won first guitarist at Mexico’s Festival Ranchero de la Cancion for three consecutive years.His playing can be heard on the soundtracks of “Mambo Kings”, “Flawless”, “Frida” and “Across the Universe” as well as numerous recordings, including “Bamboleo” with Celia Cruz, & Willie Colon, “Guasasa” with Johnny Pacheco, and “WEA Carobe Tito Nieves En Otra Onda”. Recently Pancho has recorded with the rolling Stones and performing with Placido Domingo
Andy contributed many useful suggestions regarding form and harmony. He has a great melodic sense, and when it comes to carrying the groove, more than pulls his weight.
Andy has worked with , Ray Barretto, Gene Bertoncini, the BMI Jazz Orchestra, Kevin Norton, Bobby Sanabria, Syotos, the Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, and others. He can be heard on numerous recordings, including three by Anthony Braxton. Read More….
Vince Cherico-Drums and Percussion
With his deep knowledge of Afro Cuban as well as North and South American traditions, Vince is a master at delineating form, while using unique colors to individuate each composition. His ideas on all musical elements were essential. Some of the musicians that Vince has performed and recorded with include: Ray Barretto, Angela Bofill, Ray Bryant, Kenny Burrell, The Caribbean Jazz Project, Paquito D’Rivera, Brian Lynch, James Moody, Tito Puente, Hilton Ruiz, Dave Samuels, Don Sickler, Mongo Santamaria, Dave Valentin, and Ray Vega. Read More…
Curtis Fowlkes is an American jazz trombonist. In 1987 he founded, together with saxophonist Roy Nathanson, The Jazz Passengers, an eclectic group dedicated to putting entertainment and humor back into jazz. The two had met performing in John Lurie’s The Lounge Lizards, a group that shares a similar artistic outlook. Read More…
Nydia “Liberty” Mata-Percussion
Rooted in the rhythms of her native Cuba Nydia “Liberty” Mata is a dynamic percussionist and electrifying performer, best known for her recording credits with Laura Nyro, Isis, and Latin Fever. Read More….
Walt began his musical journey from a small home on the east side of Detroit that was constantly resonating with the sound of music. Listening to his mother play and sing the Broadway standards on the family piano and hearing the records of Nat Cole, Frank Sinatra, Dizzy Gillespie and Al Hirt as well as the constant refrains of the ever present Motown sound presented him a tremendous musical foundation upon which to build. Read More…