José Negroni, pianist and composer and three time Grammy nominee with an outstanding creativity, has acquired recognition in the world of Jazz. His band, Negroni’s Trio, is formed by his son Nomar Negroni, talented drummer and of great vigour (product of the Berklee College of Music); and of guest bass players like John Benítez, Marcos Panascia and Jonathan Estés, amongst others. The master performances of Negroni’s Trio achieve a truly amazing combination where jazz, classic lyricism and Afro Latin punches, merge. Negroni is native of Puerto Rico and disciple of the salsa legend Papo Lucca, and technique and classic music teachers like the outstanding Alicia Morales. He was a teacher in the Music Conservatory in Puerto Rico for more than sixteen years. He had the chance of perform with the salsa’s greatest like Miss Sonora Poceña and Apollo Sound. At the same time that he was establishing a successful career like one of the directors, producers and pop music arrangers most wanted; he was on tour as pianist and director with the biggest Latin sensations, for example: José Luis Rodríguez El Puma, Chayanne, Carmita Jiménez and Braulio.
His first album, Naturaleza/Nature (2003), in Universal Music Latino, combines progressive jazz elements, pop and Latin music, and at the same time gives homage to the spirit of his native island. Since its release, Naturaleza/Nature, has achieved places on the charts of jazz and new age radio stations, throughout the United States of America.
His next album, Piano/Drums/Bass (Universal Music Latino), was nominated in the category of Best Latin Jazz Album for the Latin Grammy (2005) and achieved the place amongst the top fifteen on the charts (Jazz Week Charts, USA). This album combines classic and , Afro Caribbean elements; bass lines with great rhythmic sense, piano vamps and brilliant percussion solos. With airplay in more than 370 worldwide radio stations, Negroni’s Trio has received an international ovation considerably since his release in the United States. In 2005 the album was released in Japan, Spain, Argentina, England, Greece, Uruguay, Indonesia and Mexico.
Cachita Lopez (Jenny Love)
Born and raised in a very black beans and rice culture, it was here in Miami that Jenny Love developed her musical tastes and interests. Jazz was one of her major musical influences and at 13 she began classical and jazz vocal training while also performing with her father’s 6-piece Latin band. In her teenage years Jenny sang in gospel choirs throughout Miami and with this experience, later created her own blend of Latin funk with a twist of powerhouse-southern soul. Her candid readiness to experiment with musical genres has had a profound influence on the direction her musical journey has taken and her unique style is the result of a lifetime of musical influence.
Louis Amanti has mastered the art of song renditions with over 450 songs and 500 shows. The humbled South Florida native hit 1 million views on YouTube just last year with his outstanding vocals on Nat King Cole’s “L.O.V.E.” Being a 24-year-old in a genre made popular by Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Nat King Cole, and Dean Martin makes this rising star stand out amongst this generation. This fall, he will release his first album with Grammy Award winning songwriter Rudy Perez—there’s no telling the amount of success Louis will reach before he reaches 25.
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