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Brian Andres and the Afro Cuban Jazz Cartel

Aug 12, Saturday - 4:30pm
Salsa Stage

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio into a family of professional musicians (his father is a woodwinds specialist and his mother is a vocalist and pianist) it is no surprise that Brian Andres found himself drawn to the origin of all music: rhythm.

While living in the Midwest, Andres’s diverse range of styles led him to performances with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members Little Anthony and the Imperials as well as Tony Award winner and Broadway star Faith Prince. Andres has also shared the stage with such artists as Leroy “Sugar” Bonner from The Ohio Players; blues greats Sam Myers and Lonnie Mack; and television and movie star Woody Harrelson.

Andres’ growing interest in Latin music and culture brought him to the San Francisco Bay Area in early 1999, where he quickly began working with numerous local salsa, Afro-Cuban, Latin funk, Latin jazz, and Tex-Mex groups.  In 2000, he was asked to join the band Dr. Loco, led by Dr. Jose Cuellar. He continues to perform with Cuellar in both the Rockin’ Jalapeno Band and Los Tiburones Del Norte. He has performed with such notable San Francisco musicians as John Calloway, Ray Obiedo, Pacific Mambo Orchestra, Fely Tchaco and Danilo Paiz. Andres founded the Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel in 2007.

While living in the Midwest, Andres’s diverse range of styles led him to performances with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members Little Anthony and the Imperials as well as Tony Award winner and Broadway star Faith Prince. Andres has also shared the stage with such artists as Leroy “Sugar” Bonner from The Ohio Players; blues greats Sam Myers and Lonnie Mack; and television and movie star Woody Harrelson.

Andres’ growing interest in Latin music and culture brought him to the San Francisco Bay Area in early 1999, where he quickly began working with numerous local salsa, Afro-Cuban, Latin funk, Latin jazz, and Tex-Mex groups.  In 2000, he was asked to join the band Dr. Loco, led by Dr. Jose Cuellar. He continues to perform with Cuellar in both the Rockin’ Jalapeno Band and Los Tiburones Del Norte. He has performed with such notable San Francisco musicians as John Calloway, Ray Obiedo, Pacific Mambo Orchestra, Fely Tchaco and Danilo Paiz. Andres founded the Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel in 2007.


Personnel

Brian Andres, drums
Omar Ledezma Jr, timbales and vocals
Christian Tumalan, piano and vocals
Javiar Cabanillas , conga and vocals
Jamie Dubberly, trombone
Henry Hung, trumpet
David Pinto, bass
Tod Dickow, saxophone

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