Interview with Chino Nunez, filmed at his home in November 2007
About Chino Nunez
Pablo “Chino” Nunez – Established Professional Percussionist, Multi-Instrumentalist, Producer, Arranger, Composer, Recording Artist, Band Leader, and Educator, multiple
GRAMMY, LATIN GRAMMY and BILLBOARD winner/nominee –- hundreds of productions to his credit and he has performed/toured with a verifiable Who’s Who, as well as
with the critically acclaimed ensemble CHINO NUNEZ ORCHESTRA.
Mr. Nunez’s impressive verifiable recording and performing experience includes work with legendary Who’s Who figures such as Tito Puente, Hector Lavoe, Celia Cruz,
Johnny Pacheco, Marc Anthony, El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico, Ray Barretto, Willie Colon, Ruben Blades, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Larry Harlow, Tito Nieves, Spanish Harlem
Orchestra and a host of others. Chino has performed in venues all over the world including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, North Sea Jazz Festival, Madison Square Garden,
Montreal Jazz Festival, the Tito Puente Amphitheatre and Bellas Arte Performing Arts Center in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Newport Jazz Festival, Trump Plaza Casino, Playboy
Jazz Festival, and Major League Baseball events.
Adopted as an infant, he is the only son of Puerto Rican immigrants raised in New York City’s Sunset Park section of Brooklyn. Inspired and encouraged at a young age, Chino
attributes his success to the “masters” who he studied from and mentored with idolizing many instrumentalists most notably Tito Puente, Orestes Villato, Nicky Marrero, The
Beatles, The Jackson 5, James Brown, Miles Davis, Gil Evans, and Ella Fitzgerald among others. Self-taught, Mr. Nunez’s career spans four decades.
Mr. Nunez’s wall of credits as a noted producer, composer, arranger, musician is innumerable. He has participated in numerous Grammy recordings and his music can be
found in compilations all over the world. A respected producer, he is distinctively known for fusing styles with indefatigable, unique and rhythmic swing in Salsa, Big Band,
Latin Jazz, Christian, Gospel, Bachata, Reggaeton, Hip Hop and R & B rhythms. As a member of the executive team for the documentary film, “Pedro “Cuban Pete” Aguilar:
Dancing En Clave”, he served as a consultant and produced and arranged all original music for this film. Chino is presently involved in the production of a webisode sitcom Set
in New York City — “Superstitious” a series centered round the pitfalls and perils of Italian/American salsa singer, while juggling numerous other projects all slated for
release later this year.
He has participated on Broadway in shows including “The Life of Celia Cruz”, “Evita”, “Cape Man”, “Lion King”, and “A Tale of Two Cities” featuring his arrangement “Another
100 People”. He creates professional, effective and ear-catching voice-overs and jingles and has participated, performed and/or produced radio and television commercials
and even had a cameo role in the major motion picture “Moscow on the Hudson”. He has been featured in countless press and magazines including write up’s in the Sun
Sentinel (August 2011) and Drum Magazine (June 2008).
In 2005, Chino launched his solo career to worldwide acclaim with the highly anticipated release of his debut album “Chino Nunez & Friends, A Tribute to the Dancers, It’s
ShoTime” featuring an all-star line-up of musicians from New York City, which he produced and arranged. That CD remains on the top play-lists, has received countless
recognition and included in compilations all over the world. “Homenaje Al Bailador” (A Tribute to Dancers) was selected for a film soundtrack. “Chino Nunez, Doctor Salsa”
followed in 2007, which he also produced and arranged, is hailed a DJ’s delight with its recipe and powerful combination of all original tracks, recorded by pristine musicians.
A respected educator, known for simplistic yet thorough teachings, consultations, and motivational speaking, has earned him worldwide recognition as a pioneer and warrior.
His presentations include music conservatories, public schools, dance studios, conferences, conventions and universities, as well as industry standard percussion instructional
DVD’s that he produced, performed and narrated, distributed by LP Music, Inc., and published by Alfred Music Publishing. Chino is also on staff with CasaSalsa as a
percussion instructor (www.casasalsa.com).
Mr. Nunez’s affiliations include LP Music, Inc., Sabian, The Grammy Recording Academy, National Recording Academy (NARAS/LARAS), ASCAP, The National Council for
Traditional Arts, Library of Congress, Sound Exchange, Sound Trapper, Local 802, and community based organizations.
Interview with Fania All Star Larry Harlow at his home in November 2007.
About Larry Harlow
Larry Harlow is a true living legend of Afro-Cuban music. Born in Brooklyn, New York, his early influences were his father Buddy, who was a professional bass player and his mother Rose, who sang opera. A graduate of the prestigious N.Y. High School of Music and Art, he excelled on oboe, flute, violin, bass and the instrument that he is most noted for, the piano. Although jazz and the piano styling of Art Tatum were his first love, his growing exposure as a teenager to the music and culture of the New York Latino community fascinated him.
This led to him making a trip to Cuba in the late fifties where he began a two year adventure intensely studying Afro-Cuban music in all its manifestations: from West African based liturgical repertoire to popular dance styles. On his return to New York he quickly made a name for himself as a top bandleader and was signed by the new Fania Record Company, the most important label in the history of Latin music.
“El Judio Maravilloso”, as he is affectionately called by his colleagues, completely revolutionized what is known today as “SALSA”. Harlow developed the explosive, Tumpet/trombone sound of the contemporary salsa bands in the early 70’s. He was the first to introduce the sacred bata’ drums of the Yoruba religion in Cuba to secular Afro-Cuban dance music in NYC. Known as IFA’ or La Regla de Ocha, or commonly called by the lay public as Santeria, Harlow began studying its many secrets and eventually became a full fledged initiate being baptized as the child of Ochun, the Yoruba deity of the river, shekere and love.
Harlow studied audio engineering at the Institute of Audio Research in NYC in the early 70Ãs and became the leading Latin Record producer in the world. For Fania records alone, he has produced over 260 CDÃs for various artists and as a leader over 50 cdÃs including the Grammy nominee Masterpiece, “La Raza Latina, a Salsa Suite” in 1978, the first serious treatment of the genre, tracing the musicÃs Diaspora and the evolution from West Africa to Southern Spain through the Caribbean and eventually New York City and the only Latin Opera ever written called “Hommy” which was performed to SRO crowds for 2 shows at Carnegie Hall and 2 shows in Puerto Rico. This opera is being revived in 2008 in San Juan, Puerto RicoÃs new Coliseo with an updated cast as well as recording an HBO special and new CD. Harlow is also the producer/pianist for the legendary Fania All-Stars. With the All-Stars he recorded over 60 CdÃs and spread clave Consciousness the world over.
Mr. Harlow also co-produced, and wrote music for and starred in, “Our Latin Thing” and “Salsa”, two of the definitive documentaries on Afro-Cuban based music in New York City. He appeared in “Fania in Africa” as well as being the music producer. In 1997 Maestro Harlow composed the music for “SOFRITO”, a multimedia, bilingual family musical, which features story teller David Gonzalez. Performed to sold out audiences at the New Victory Theatre on Broadway and across the Americas, the show incorporates ancient Caribbean folk tales with live on-stage performances of Harlow’s Latin Legends Band. This CD is available on Laughing Horse records.
Mr. Harlow, as a Governor of the NY chapter of NARAS, was responsible for making the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences take notice of the contributions of Latin musicians, which made them establish the first Latin Grammy Award and now there are 12 different Latin Categories a swell as the Latin Grammys. He himself has been nominated 3 times for a Grammy.
He holds a BA in Music from Brooklyn College and a Masters Degree in Philosophy from the New School of Social Research in New York City. Harlow regularly lectures and does Artist in Residencies at Harvard, Yale and all the California State Universities.
In January, 2003 Larry Harlow’s Latin Jazz Encounter “Live at Birdland” was released on the new LATIN COOL label, thus beginning a new phase in Harlow’s career, LATIN JAZZ. Look for them in all the jazz festivals worldwide. Harlow has just released a double CD and DVD from his 35th Anniversary Concert at Tito Puente Ampitheater in San Juan, Puerto Rico, which will be released in Spring 2006.His 40th Anniversary Latin Legends of Fania has just been released on dvd and cd and is available worldwide. Larry Harlow received the 2008 Latin Grammy TrusteeÃs award in Houston on Nov 13th on the worldwide Univision Television Network.
Winners of the professional category at the Aceki World Salsa Championships 2012 in Hong Kong, Oliver Pineda & Vali Damaskou
About Oliver Pineda
As well as his very own subscription website www.oliverpineda.dance, housing over 300 videos with new uploads every month plus his NEW International initiative; The Oliver Pineda TOP Teams, allowing dancers worldwide to learn, train & perform under his extensive choreographic guidance & experience, Oliver Pineda is also the Founder and Director of world reknown Latin Motion Dance Academy, founded by Oliver Pineda & Natalie Zeller (formally Reis) in the year 2000. As Australia’s only 8 times World Salsa Champion, Oliver has won five of his World Salsa Titles with celebrity dance partner of 20 years & three times winner of “Dancing with the Stars” Luda Kroitor & continues to inspire by performing & winning championships till today.
Oliver is responsible for introducing Rueda in 1999 & Kizomba & Semba in 2007 to Sydney, was one of the instigators of linear style Salsa in the year 2000 & is now undoubtedly the pioneer of Mambo ‘On2’ in Australia.
Oliver was most recently featured in an article as one of the top 10 male Salsa dancers in the world & now directs Latin Motion alongside his wife Anastasia Drimousis.
Some of Oliver’s achievements include but are not limited to –
As well as being a special guest performer on Channel 7’s ‘Dancing with the Stars’ demonstrating Salsa, Oliver was also a choreographer for Channel 10’s hit TV show “So You Think You Can Dance” & featured numerous times on the Morning Show with Kerrie Anne.
Born in Australia and of Chilean descent, this young man started dancing Salsa at the young age of 10. Having danced for over 20 years, Oliver is now Australia’s most undisputed Latin Dance talent. His unique style of dance and clear precise teaching methods make him one of the most admired and sought after Salsa dancers and instructors in the world. Due to this fact, Oliver has taught workshops in every continent at thousands of events around the world and continues to travel spreading his passion & knowledge for dance.
Upon finishing high school, Oliver received a scholarship to train in London with partner Luda in preperation for the Biggest Dancesport Competition in the world, the famous Blackpool Championship where in the under 21 Youth division, against 600 + couples, Oliver & Luda placed in the top 98 of the World.
Oliver was then granted a scholarship to attend the Australian Collage of Physical Education (ACPE) to complete a Bachelors of Dance degree.
Instead, Oliver with his 7 years of training in Dancesport chose to pursue the music and dance of his Latin American roots; Salsa. A decision that would forever change his life.
Although passionate about Salsa and Mambo, Oliver’s dance experience also extends to Rueda, Merengue, Zouk Lambada, Kizomba, Semba, Samba, Cumbia, Cha Cha, Rumba, Afro Cuban, & all the Latin / Modern Dacesport Ballroom styles such as Jive, Paso Doble, Waltz, Slow Foxtrot, Tango, Venice Waltz & Quick Step.
Oliver, a well known percussionist owes his musical talents to his two cousins Jason & Gary & father Julio, all well known percussionsist in the industry. Having played at the recently closed Vivaz Nightclub since the age of 16 & La Campana Nightclub since the age of 18 in Sydney, Oliver now occassionally plays with some of Sydney’s top Salsa bands, mastering the timbales, congas and bongo amongst other percussive instruments. His early performance experience within the Brazilian culture has also enabled him to handle Brazilian style instruments such as the snare drum, zurdo, pandero and the hepinique. Oliver now gets invited on stage to play with some of the world’s best singers & bands in countries & events all over the world.
As well as his musical & dance talents, Oliver is also a black belt martial artistist in the combat art of Tae Kwon Do having taught kids from a young age & competed in many tournaments in Australia. This relationship between martial arts & dance was formed early on in his life, also equipping him with an understanding of the basics of the Brazilian martial arts, Capoeira.
Oliver was given the honour of being Australia’s first Male dancer ever to be featured on the cover of Australia’s VIVA Magazine in it’s December issue 2004 & in January 2008 issue with partner Luda. Oliver was also given the Best Male Instructor Award at the biggest Salsa Congress in the world, the 2006 West Coast Salsa Congress in Los Angeles. Further more, it was Oliver (and Natalie Reis) who lead the “Americas” segment out onto the field in the Olympic Opening Ceremony in Sydney 2000.
Oliver now heads one of the highest calibre student performance groups in Australia, the ‘The Oliver Pineda TOP Teams’ an International Initiative allowing dancers from ALL over the World to followed & admired by dancers all over the world & is proud to be the creator of his own brand of Salsa, internationally known as ‘Aussie Style Salsa’.
Oliver continues to spread his incredibly profound knowledge & unique, sought after teaching style to dancers around the world & is now in the process of expandidng Latin Motion, locally & internationally with franchises already in the works.
Interview with Albert Torres, filmed July 2007 at the Hamburg Salsa Festival
About Albert Torres
Albert Torres is the world’s premier producer of live Salsa Music and Dance events. His passion for Salsa has been an inspiration to a countless number of people from all walks of life and his continuous efforts to globalize Salsa have made a major impact on the preservation and accessibility of both Salsa Music and Salsa Dance around the world. Founded in 1992, Albert Torres Productions Inc. (ATP) has created and co-produced over three hundred and fifty spectacular Salsa Dance Events known as SALSA CONGRESSES in such exotic places as; Dubai, The United Arab Emirates, Japan, Hong Kong, Brazil, Bulgaria, Romania, China, Colombia, Venezuela, Spain, Mexico, Peru, Holland, Hamburg, Italy, Switzerland, Sweden, France, Ecuador, New Zealand, Australia, Puerto Rico, and in numerous city across America Albert Torres also co-produced The World Salsa Championships that were seen worldwide on ESPN. In 1998 Albert Torres Productions (ATP) created and produced the world’s largest Salsa Music event, THE LA SALSA FEST aka THE LOS ANGELES SALSA CONGRESS. ATP transforms the event’s location into an exciting music and dance venue that attracts over 20,000 Latin Music enthusiasts from all over the world.
He has also been a featured dancer and choreographer on various film and television projects such as MAMBO KINGS with ANTONIO BANDERAS and DANCE WITH ME with VANESSA WILLIAMS. In 1993, he was selected by DEBBIE ALLEN to be a featured dancer at the Academy Awards, and he also made a guest starring appearance on the KEENAN WAYAN’S SHOW where he performed with JENNIFER LOPEZ.
Albert Torres Productions Inc. (ATP) continues to deliver top-notch quality events with world-class performers. His bands are legendary and his events feature some of the finest musicians and dancers the world has ever known. In 2011 Albert Torres was honored to be accepted as a Member of the Council for Dance of UNESCO (United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization) and Elected Grand Marshall at the National New York Puerto Rican Day Parade.
L.A. SALSA FEST started as the West coast salsa congress in 1999 with the blessing of the presence of Tito Puente on opening night in May 1999. It has maintained his Legacy of keeping Latin Music alive. Know as the Congress where stars are born, many of the world renown dancers have had their start at this event. The mission of LA Salsa Fest is to pass on to the next generation through educational seminars, dance workshops and being able to perform on stage. One of the objectives to have as many children live their dream on stage instead of being on the streets.
He is also very honored and excited to bring you his latest project, THE WORLD LATIN DANCE CUP which will feature spectacular dancers from over forty-one different countries and this year celebrates his 6th anniversary with over 1,000 competitors. This is the biggest Latin dance competition in the world.
Albert’s passion for Salsa and Latin music has been an inspiration to a countless number of people around the world. His latest project called “The Legacy Project” is an initiative to combine our music culture with the latest technology tendencies in order to reach and unite more people so future generations can appreciate, preserve and be part of the history of Latin dance and music around the world.
Interview with Salsa and Latin Trombonist, Jimmy Bosch, filmed at the 2007 Hamburg Salsa Festival
About Jimmy Bosch
Being the most talented trombone player in the world of latin music, Jimmy Bosch (New York, USA) has left an impressive footprint. Listing up all the musicians he has played with would fill whole magazines.
Jimmy Bosch has worked with Ray Barretto in the golden years of the late 80’s and early 90’s. The band of Ray Barretto was full of young talents with an attitude. The band consisted of outstanding percussionists like Jimmy Delgado and Carlton Soto. They had a great brass section with Wilson Torres, Angel Fernández, Jimmy Bosch and Danny Rosado on bass.
The young musicians loved improvisation, playing ‘moñas and solos’ and so did Jimmy Bosch. There were times when Ray Barretto screamed at him for playing too many swinging “moñas” when he tried to end the song. Jimmy Bosch: “He reached for his asthma pump and said, “Bosch, you are going to kill me”. But he always smiled when he said that because we had so much fun playing together.”
He also played with Israel Cachao Lopez, simply one of the most swinging bass players. Jimmy Bosch describes Cachao as a really easy-going character: “I never ever saw Cachao upset at anything or anybody. His smile and his love for playing live was truly contagious. He also told hundreds of jokes on the bus tours.”
Not only did he play for Ruben Blades, who hired him for his passionate way of transmitting energy with his trombone solos and his ability to play ‘moñas’, Jimmy Bosch also played for Eddie Palmieri, Pete Rodríguez, Celia Cruz, Machito, India and Spanish Harlem Orchestra to name but a few.
Having picked up the trombone at the age of eleven and having already played professionally at thirteen, Jimmy Bosch is considered to be a spark of ignition of the ‘salsa dura’ movement blending old school tradition with a modern approach of the New York scene. His debut ‘Soneando Trombon’ (1998) included guests like Jimmy Sabater, Mary La Rose, Pete ‘el Conde’ Rodriguez, Arturo O’Farrill, etc. All the following releases – Salsa Dura (1999), El Avión de la Salsa (2004) and ¡A Million! (2009) had rave reviews.
The most famous song of his first release is clearly ‘Otra Oportunidad’ sung by Herman Olivera and Frankie Vasquez. When asked about the song Jimmy Bosch said, “ ‘Otra Oportunidad’ talks about losing my brother Ruben to drug addiction and overdose. The song talks about the pain and insanity of addiction. It also has a strong message that no one needs to die like he did. Recovery is possible, One Day at a Time. The music is very danceable in spite the sad story basically letting us know that we must celebrate life even when we experience losing someone in our lives.”
Int/Adv On1 Turn Patterns Salsa Class from Super Mario at the Salsa Central Weekender, June 2011
About Super Mario
For many years now, Super Mario has been a household name on the international Salsa scene, recognised and respected by students and fellow professionals for his amazing lead, unlimited database of fantastic moves/combinations and his teaching ability. His classes and workshops have always been extremely popular both in the UK and in countries as far as Australia, Japan and the USA, specialising on technique but always maintaining an element of fun.
Mario was born in India but moved to the UK as a teenager. He settled in London, where he continued his education, taking a degree in mathematics and also qualifying as an accountant. In 1998, a friend took him to a salsa club where the teacher immediately saw his potential. Mario was hooked straight away and has never looked back since. Still based in London and travelling to teach nearly every weekend of the year, Mario specialises in cross body style, dancing on the 1 or the 2 and focusing mainly on moves and combinations, with special emphasis on leading techniques.
Despite no previous dancing or teaching background, he was able to observe the unnecessary power used to lead turn patterns, and began focusing on breaking down routines to understand the techniques and signals that are essential to good leading. His natural talent for both producing and executing so many imaginative moves led to an invitation to teach at the first congress that he ever attended. His big break came soon after, when asked to give workshops at the biggest salsa congress in the world in Toronto, Canada.
Mario has earned himself the title Million Moves Man through his ability to create any number of unique combinations, that are lead with expertise and are always comfortable to follow. His dancing style is smooth but fast, giving him and his dance partner extra freedom to improvise. His amazing presence on the dance floor sets him apart as a social dancer and his outgoing, energetic personality has also been instrumental in getting him known in the Salsa World.
Performance by Jose Rui and Daniella of Kizomba DK at Sexy and Sensual Latin Festival in London, October 2010. Filmed by http://www.salsa-central.com
Performance by Yanet Fuentes at the UK Cuban Salsa Congress in Bournemouth, August 2009. Filmed by http://www.salsa-central.com
About Yanet Fuentes
ONE OF THE WORLD’S MOST FAMOUS CUBAN FEMALE DANCERS – Professional Dancer/choreographer, Shakira’s dancer, Danced & stand-in for Rihana..SYTYCD-uk season 1
Hailing from Cuba, Yanet began her journey in dance as a gymnastics student, following in her parents’ footsteps as sportspeople. However she soon realised that her heart lay in dancing. She then spent seven years at the National School of Art & Dance in Havana.
Since coming to the UK, Yanet has worked in many different jobs. Some of these include: two West End musicals, TV appearances (on The Generation Game, This Morning, and The Paul O’Grady Show), starring in music videos for Alicia Keys, Craig David, ABS and Tinchy Stryder and N’Dubz, as well as appearing in TV commercials for Sanex, Nokia and Atec.
She is a three-time Tropicana World Open Salsa Champion and travels the world teaching and performing her own Latin dance shows.
Yanet was convinced by a couple of friends to audition for SYTYCD and after some pushing, came to believe it would be a great experience for her as a dancer
Couple social dancing at the Jimmy Anton Salsa Social in New York. It was a bit of a quiet night due to Eddie Palmieri being at the Congress that night.
About Jimmy Anton
Jimmy is host of the most Famous Social in New York City which is held bimonthly. His Salsa socials have been around for well over 10 years and have cemented their place in Salsa dancing history.
Jimmys socials are very unique, it is known to always have guest appearances; especially from out of town. All levels and styles are always welcome.
He is also a Director and Instructor of the Jimmy Anton Dancers.
LA33 performance of La Pantera Mambo, in Leeds 2008.