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The Musicians of Salsa del Soul

 

Gloria "La Niña" Rivera (Vocals)

Gloria "La Niña" Rivera (Vocals)

Gloria "La Niña" Rivera, daughter of the well-known Cuban tres player and composer of Cuban music, "El Niño" Rivera, hails from Havana, Cuba, and has performed and appeared on national and international stages with such artists and musical ensembles as Chuchito Valdéz, La Orquesta de Joseito Fernandez, Los Van Van, Orquesta Revé, Son 14, Irakere, and others.

 

 

 

 

 

 

David Graf (Trombone)

David Graf (Trombone)

One of the most versatile trombonists in the Twin Cities, David Graf has performed in a wide variety of musical settings, including jazz, dixieland, big bands and shows, salsa and Brazilian music, and recordings. In the jazz arena, Dave has performed with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Slide Hampton, Jack McDuff, the Toshiko Akiyoshi/Lew Tabackin Big Band, the Woody Herman Orchestra, and drummer Charli Persip. He is proud of his 11-year association with the late trumpeter Red Wolfe and his groups, the Port of Dixie Jazz Band and Ellington Echoes. As a member of local show orchestras, Graf has backed well-known performers such as Natalie Cole, Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis, Jr., Julie Andrews, Harry Connick, Jr., Rosemary Clooney, and many others.

 

Scott Agster (Trombone)

Scott Agster (Trombone)

Scott Agster is a freelance trombonist, teacher, and arranger in the Twin Cities area. He also plays in other commercial genres such as jazz quintet (Snowblind), hip/hop (G8), New Orleans brass band (Jack Brass), and big band (Bellagala Big Band). He has had the opportunity to perform and work with many acclaimed artists like Jimmy Heath, Benny Golson, Dave Douglas, Phil Woods, Nicholas Payton, Stefan Karlsson, Slide Hampton, and Paul McKee. Scott has also performed internationally at venues such as the 2006 North Sea Jazz Festival, the 2005 Iwawa Jazz Festival and Sopot/Gdansk Festival in Poland, the King's Palace in Thailand (2004), the 2004 Vancouver Jazz Festival, and the 2003 International Trombone Festival in Helsinki, Finland.

 

Bryan Rossi (Piano)

Bryan Rossi (Piano)

Bryan Rossi has been a professional musician and educator all his life. He has attended Washington University in St. Louis, the Sorbonne in Paris, and has a M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of St. Thomas and a Ph.D. in Education Policy and Administration from the University of Minnesota. He taught French for 15 years and was a school principal for 8 years before becoming a consultant and adjunct professor. Dr. Rossi is currently Program Director at High School for Recording Arts (HSRA) where he oversees both the academic and recording programs. Bryan has played with such groups as the The Mary Jane Alm Band, Orquesta Sabroson, Bomba, Sabor Tropical, and The Latin Sounds Orchestra, all Minnesota Music Awards Recipients. In May 2008, he was inducted into the Mid-American Music Hall of Fame for his work with the Judd Group. He currently is performing with Salsa del Soul and his own group, the Latin Jazz Ensemble.

 

David Martin (Electric Bass)

Pat Smith (Electric Bass)

David Martin was born in Toledo, OH, and grew up in Charleston, WV. He graduated from Capital University's Conservatory of Music in Columbus, OH. He is a composer, arranger, teacher, and performer. He played in the Columbus area for several years, then moved to Minneapolis, MN, and lived there 13 years. During this time, he had his own jazz trio and also played in Puro Cubano, Beira Mar Brasil, Proyecto La Plena, Latin Sounds Orchestra, Salsa del Soul, and Blue Plate Special. He and Brazilian musician Robert Everest teamed up for the CD Trio Daviola. He also participated in the CD Smokin' Cuban Jazz, sold nationwide at Target stores. He moved to Portland, OR, in 2008, where he and Mike Doolin teamed up for the CD Reflection. He has been back in Minneapolis since September 2010.

 

José "Freddy" Reyes (Congas)

José 'Freddy' Reyes (Congas)

Hailing from Cataño, Puerto Rico, José "Freddy" Reyes has been an important figure in the Twin Cities since the 1980s. Reyes has been and integral member of such groups/ensembles such as Sabrón, The Latin Sounds Orchestra, Sabor Tropical, Proyecto La Plena, and Sensación Latina. Reyes has shared the stage with many national artists such as Sheila E., Larry Harlow, and Andy Montañez, among others.

 

 

 

 

 

Shai Hayo (Timbales)

Shai Hayo (Timbales)

Shai Hayo is a drummer-percussionist based out of the Twin Cities. He specializes in traditional and contemporary musical genres of the Spanish-speaking Caribbean and West Africa. He has peformed nationally and internationally with such groups and artists as Paul Anka, Ann-Margret, Viviana Pintado, Sheila E., Nachito Herrera, Sowah Mensah, Paracumbé, Shi-Daa Cultural Troupe, Salsa del Soul, the Macalester College African Music Ensemble, and Jazziroco.