Oriente is a ten-member ensemble that plays danceable, vocal-based Afro-Cuban music for all kinds of settings and occasions. Named after a region of Eastern Cuba that is the birthplace of many Afro-Cuban styles, the group's motto is "algo viejo, algo nuevo": something old, something new. Oriente's music is a mix of songs using contemporary salsa rhythms and songs in traditional Afro-Cuban styles, including son, danz'n, guajira, mambo, bolero and cha-cha-ch'. Oriente's plays original compositions as well as songs originally played by Eddie Palmieri, Marc Anthony, Afro-Cuban All-Stars, El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico, Tito Puente, Willie Col'n, and the Buena Vista Social Club. With strong lead vocals and unique instrumentation including violin, flute/saxophone, trombone, piano, tres/guitar, bass, conga, timbales and bong', Oriente's sound is both listenable and danceable, exciting and inviting. Oriente's members are seasoned musicians with years of experience in latin music: Norma Arias, lead vocals Dominic Cabrera, conga Mike Crager, piano Calvin Keoola, violin Doug Miner, trombone David-Sean Lance, timbales and bongo John Pfeiffer, bass Chris Planas, tres and guitar Rene Valdeolivar, timbales and bongo Adam Wood, saxophones and flute
We are "Come Back Buddy" - a professional touring trio covering the music of Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, and many other artists. Our music is pure Americana. We've entertained for thousands in large venues as well as private parties. We get people up and dancing. We've performed on Television - "Good Morning Arizona" on multiple occasions. We regularly perform in western states with California and Arizona our main hubs. Our band is fronted by Mike Randall, providing rich vocals and exciting guitar lines. Janine Randall and Carlos Almeida accompany Mike on Bass and Drums. So if you're looking to turn the clock back for that sock-hop, that 50s/60's themed event or just want to hear some great music, "Come Back Buddy" is the band for you!
Mareva, with her sultry voice and sexy movements on stage could only cause you to listen and watch as she captures the audience?s attention. Born in Los Angeles, California of Caucasian and Tahitian descent has been vocally playing music since she was a little girl growing up. She has performed throughout Southern California. She has been exposed to a variety of music her whole life and has captured the essence of each type of music has merge it in with her own style. She has performed from Junior High bands to supper clubs, dance clubs and huge outside concerts. Mareva has two underground dance hits in the East Coast radio stations. She also has television appearances and performed with various artists under her belt. Larry, Bass player and vocalist, can play salsa with that feel of a salsero and turn around and slap the bass like a heavy funk player. Born in Los Angeles, California of Mexican decent has been playing music since his teenage years. He has performed throughout the western states. Growing up from a family of musicians he has been exposed to various instruments throughout his whole live. He learned to play keyboards, drums and guitar prior to picking up the bass. As a teenager he started playing backyard parties and moved in quickly into the nightclub circuit at a very young age. Larry and his brothers formed a family band as a hobby. He started to work as a hired gun for various bands throughout southern California. As he continued his career as a professional bass player, his dream was to have his own group to manage. He then formed KAOS and has since been the leader of the group. Here are some of his accomplishments: He has worked and played for Sheila E, The Intruders, Mary Wells, El Chicano, Thee Midniters, The Coasters, The Drifters and Tierra just to name a few. He has worked on various projects throughout California at various recording studios. He has performed in front of thousands of cheering fans with a variety of bands all along the West Coast. Influences: Larry Graham, Stanley Clarke, Brothers Johnson, Verdeen White, George Duke, Pastoras, Parliament, Maze, Cachao, Sly Stone, Alfonso Johnson, Rocco Prestia, James Jamerson. Wardell, Keyboard player and vocalist is a multi-instrumentalist that has the speed and accuracy of a bullet when playing keyboards. He is a walking encyclopedia of music. Born of Cajun and Caucasian decent Wardell comes from a family of musicians. His father is a professor of music at a well-known university and also performs thru out the United States as a Jazz Pianist and plays trombone with a well known Dixieland band. Wardell plays numerous instruments. He is proficient in trumpet, guitar, bass, and is an accomplished keyboardist. He also has recorded is own projects which have had air play in Louisiana. He can perform as a solo pianist as well as play electronic keyboards with top 40 bands. He also produced and arranged music for various artist. Influences: Herbie Hancock, Ian Hammer, Bruce Hornsby, Larry Harlow, Chester Thompson, Chic Corea, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Yes, Styx, Jimmy, Lead guitar player and vocalist, has the lighting finger speed for solos and a funk style to keep up with the best. Jim Rodriguez born in Los Angeles of Puerto Rican descent got his first instrument, a drum set when he was three years old. Being that his father was a percussionist and his mother a music teacher and concert violinist, it was obvious that music ran thick in the blood of his family. When he reached the age of seven, his parents decided to put him and his brother in a private school of music in Los Angeles. His instructor, Betty McFarland saw incredible potential in the child and gave him lessons on the piano for five years. He put together a rock band with his brother on drums when he was fifteen years old playing hits of the late sixties and seventies. He then did a lot of performing at backyard parties and various events. By the time he was 18 he already was performing at nite clubs playing Top 40 throughout Southern California. Influences: George Benson, Santana, Norman Brown, Lee Ritenour, Larry Carlton, Gary Moore, Bruce Conti, Eddie Van Halen, Jonathan Butler, Bobby Caldwell, Paul Jackson Jr., Maurice Ramirez, Robert Conte Adam, Drummer, has plenty of background under his belt! The timing could not have been better anywhere else. From the beginning of 'A' genre to 'Z' no holding back on any style. Adam grew up in Minneapolis where he began playing drums at the age of twelve. The eclectic music scene nurtured his early talents and soon he was apprenticing with renowned artists including Michael Bland (Prince), Gordy Knutson (Steve Miller), Marv Dahlgren (author of Drum Set Control), and Jessy Wheeler (Music Tech). After a period of working with both academic and local ensembles throughout high school, Adam's desire for a more challenging musical environment led him to enroll in the world famous University of North Texas in the fall of 1994 on a Jazz Studies scholarship. During his five semesters at North Texas, Adam was engaged in a variety of ensembles including the Four O'Clock Lab Band, the Zebras fusion ensemble, and numerous small jazz groups. Adam studied privately with the venerable Ed Soph for two years developing technique, sight-reading, jazz repertoire, and stylistic concepts. Other disciplines included music theory, piano, four-mallet marimba studies, orchestral snare drum, and multi-cultural hand drumming and percussion. After professional performance, recording and teaching opportunities became increasingly demanding, Adam left UNT in order to pursue his career full time. Adam just came back from a European tour with a Russian Elvis tribute band called ?The Red Elvises?. KAOS will enlighten your night with good music and entertainment.
The Icons Band is not only like getting several bands in one but is literally an entertainment machine. Not content in just keeping with one or 2 themes and genres, they have evolved from offering solo tributes, Disco, and 80's, to an elaborate stage production. Made up of world-class performers, impersonators, and musicians, this talented group will keep the audience in anticipation of whats coming up next! With the Icons Band, they have the ability to perform any event in any combination of one or more themes. This is unique in the industry and represents great entertainment value for YOUR event !
Founded in 1987, The David Levin Swing Band added vocalist Regina Otto in 1995. Her voice is reminiscent of a young Doris Day and Gogi Grant, with shades of Ella Fitzgerald and Judy Garland. Many of the area's top sidemen have been part of the Band including many "A" players. One of the top small swing bands in California, the Band has appeared at The San Francisco Black & White Ball and at events at The Pacific-Union Club and the exclusive Burlingame Country Club in Hillsborough and has performed at many wedding receptions. The Trio version was the steady band at The Top Of The Mark in 1992. The David Levin Swing Band is a formally dressed band whose music adds elegance to any event, be it a wedding reception, corporate event or private party. The new DLSB CD demo mp3 tracks feature three "A" players--jazz great Vince Lateano on drums, Benny Goodman-style clarinetist, Jim Rothermel and Harry James-style trumpeter, Tom Leps (for the 6-piece). The new David Levin Swing Band Line-Up consists of: Regina Otto, lead vocalist. One of the most talented swing band and cabaret/jazz vocalists in the country, Regina Otto has a unique vocal range. She has been vocalist with The David Levin Swing Band since 1994. As a soprano/spinto (part alto), her incredible range allows her to go beyond what is considered ?the normal range? of most (alto) cabaret performers, yet she is not operatic. She demonstrates this effortlessly in her ?scatting? on Harry Warren?s ?September In The Rain?, Cole Porter?s, ?You?d Be So Nice To Come Home To?, the Gershwins? ?I Got Rhythm? and other famous jazz tunes. The sheer beauty of her voice is found especially in the Sammy Cahn-lyric ballads, ?I Fall In Love Too Easily? and ?Imagine?, a little known waltz from an obscure 1967 movie. As a matter of fact, Ms. Otto specializes in obscure movie songs such as ?Amado Mio? from the 1946 film noir, Gilda and ?Heartbreak? from another 1946 noir, Black Angel. In San Francisco area, Ms. Otto has appeared with her accompanist and bandleader Mr. Levin at The Plush Room, The Mark Hopkins Hotel, The Black & White Ball, Burlingame Country Club, Menlo Country Club and was the steady vocalist with The David Levin Duo at The Crowne Plaza Caba?a in Palo Alto. In New York, Ms. Otto appeared with Mr. Levin for The 1996 New Year?s Eve Party at the exclusive Fifth Avenue restaurant, Harry Cipriani. She also appeared with Mr. Levin at the former Park Restaurant & Bar in The Lombardy Hotel and The University Club on Fifth Avenue. Ms. Otto vocalizes with an EV 767 microphone and insists on Lexicon digital concert hall reverb for her performances. David Levin, pianist/bandleader/arranger. A prot?g? of swing great Johnny Guarnieri (of The Benny Goodman and The Artie Shaw Bands), David Levin has evolved from a classic jazz solo pianist into a band and cabaret concert" pianist. The pianist at The Rainbow Room in New York, The Mark Hopkins Hotel, the famous Blue Fox and The Pacific-Union Club in San Francisco, Levin has played for heads of state, Congressmen and other notables. He has appeared in the columns of the late Herb Caen and Pat Steger in the San Francisco Chronicle. He has performed at every major society event in San Francisco at least once. Tom Leps, Harry James-style trumpeter. Leps owns four of Harry James? personal trumpets and plays one of them on every performance. He is also a good vocalist, singing and playing solo trumpet on ?I Can?t Get Started With You?. His "Stardust" can be heard on our mp3 tracks. This band's unique song list consists of "up swing" numbers like Cole Porter's "Just One Of Those Things" to "medium swing" songs like "You Make Me Feel So Young" to film noir rumbas like "Heartbreak" to 40s slow foxtrots like "Stardust" and "I Had The Craziest Dream". The David Levin Swing Band contracts an experienced sound company for all its performances. Their sound system includes the high profile Bag End floor monitors.