Born and raised in Cuba, Medrano came to the US after having trained with one of Cuba’s most famous congueros, Jose Luis “Changuito” Quintana. While in Cuba, he played extensively with some of Havana’s best known Latin Jazz and Salsa groups, and since coming to the US, has played with many of the Bay Area’s finest Latin groups.
After extensive participation in various musical groups, he decided to start his own projects with local Bay Area musicians; Sabor De Mi Cuba was born. The group’s debut self-titled project was recorded and mastered in the prestigious Egrem Studios in Havana.
According to Tom Ehrlich of Timba.com Magazine, Sabor De Mi Cuba “is a strong recording, full of elaborate, innovative arrangements, interesting use of chorus, rumba and jazz influenced dance music… The result is a beautiful, swinging recording which should establish Carlitos as a composer, percussionist and band leader to be reckoned with.”