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Efraín “Frankie” Morales is an artist who has perfected his craft with every stop along the way of his career. This talented vocalist has sharpened and shaped his sound for most of his life, starting on the streets of “El Barrio”, New York City’s Spanish Quartet, and climaxing now on the stages of the world.

His Mom sent him to Boys Harbor Conservatory in East Harlem to study voice and percussion after she realized the raw power and talent that her son displayed singing his “Sala Concerts”, those first performances for the family at home that give birth to, and nurture the entertainers of the future. At the age of fourteen, he sang backup for Latin legend, Joe Bataan. By fifteen he was singing with Hector Lavoe, and this opened other doors. Over the next few years, he would sing backup and coros for artist such as Ismael Rivera, Ismael Miranda, Celia Cruz, Pellin Rodriguez, Cheo Feliciano, Conjunto Clasico, Luis “Perico“ Ortiz, Henry Fiol, Ralphy Santi, Jose Mangual, & Joe Cuba.

Meeting José Pintor, who also played with Joe Bataan, gave Frankie the opportunity to record his first album, “Sabor Del Barrio”. Soon after, he started recording hits with the group Bad Street Boys. This was an association that would continue for almost five years. There was still room to grow for Mr. Morales. “Growth comes to a Salsero through “work, work and more work”. So when the Lebron Brothers needed someone to record in place of a sick vocalist, it was Frankie who did the recording. Caiman Record then produced two albums featuring him as a solo artist, entitled “Frankie Morales: En Su Punto” and “Standing Out”. These two albums exposed Frank to greater audiences and enhanced both his experience and reputation. This would lead him to being an invited independent vocalist with The Fania All-Stars and Louie Ramirez.

Frankie spent a year singing back-up for Tito Nieves. The notoriety he gained singing for Tito Nieves also brought opportunity as well. With a recommendation from Ralph Mercado of RMM Records, Frankie was offered a job of Lead Singer for the orchestra of “El Rey Del Timbal”, Ernest “Tito” Puente. This “gig” would not only be the ultimate training, but also the ultimate feature for Frankie Morales, as he traveled around the world with Maestro Puente, singing for people of all cultures. Even now, after “El Rey’s” passing, Frankie Morales still continues to sing Tito Puente’s music.

1988 was a real “indicator” as to how much Frankie Morales had grown as an artist. That same year, he was a featured vocalist on Caiman Records’ ACE Award winning recording “Son Boricua” and with Jimmy Bosch’s “Salsa Dura“. This production gave Frankie a platform to show his versatility, as he tore into the world of Latin Jazz. Frankie was a featured Lead Vocalist on “The Caiman All-Stars”. Frankie next recorded “Dancemania 99” live from Club Birdland with Puente’s Orchestra. “Dancemania 99” was nominated for a Grammy Award. Some of Frankie’s “finest hours” had to be the recording of Tito Puente Mambo Birdland” and “Masterpiece”, Puente’s final album and collaboration with “The Great Eddie Palmieri”, which both won Grammy Awards. Frankie has now recorded with Muziq Inc. Records by Producer Ernie Acevedo, which has released his latest CD entitled “A Toda Velocidad”. Through his voice, Frankie Morales brings the passion of a true Cantante

Kevin Rodriguez/Piano: Kevin is one of the hottest piano players in New York City and Metropolitan area. He has played and recorded with numerous artists, such as: Miles Peña, Frankie Negron, Tito Nieves, Millie Quezada and Jose Alberto “El Canario” to name a few.
Al Acosta/Tenor Sax: A very talented New York native who has broken boundaries in the Salsa, Merengue, Jazz, Latin Jazz and Swing genre. He was a member of the Band of Tito Puente, Tito Rodriguez Jr., Machito, Rafael Cortijo, Ray Santos, Kako Bastar, Luis Ramirez, Johnny Ray, The Big Three, Xavier Cugot Orchestra, Chico Alvarez, Lynn Oliver (swing), Los Tremendos de Colombia, Los Chevere de Colombia, Maritza Y Sus Galanes Numero Uno and Orquesta Carnaval. Al has recorded with Grupo Caribe, Joe Quijano, Metropolitana, Candido Hernandez y Palos de Fuego, Jose Catellar y Cachao, Landy Felix y Su Orquesta, Negro Estrella (merengue), Tony Perez (merengue), David Byrne (Talking Heads), Abe Silverman Orchestra (Jazz), George Gee (swing), Blue Mambo (latin jazz), Mambo Negro (latin jazz) and many more.
Ray Colón/Bongo: Ray started playing percussion under the supervision of Rafael Cortijo. One of his teachers and mentors. Rafael was the leader of “Cortijo y Su Combo” and the creator of the Folkloric rhythm from Puerto Rico Bomba and Plena. After going thru tremendous musical training working in “the circuit” with these great musicians he was invited to participate in an audition with the Willie Colon Band and he was hired immediately. At the age of 17 Ray was traveling the world playing with the “who’s who” of Latin Music. He has participated in clinics around the world and has participated in school programs teaching kids how to play Latin Music, throughout the schools in New York City. Over 500 productions and an endless list of stars that he has worked with to mention a few Jose Alberto “El Canario”, the late Celia Cruz, Tito Nieves, DLG, Marc Anthony, Tito Puente, Chico Ofarill, Isaac Delgado, Sergio George, Ricky Gonzalez, Cuto Soto, Carabali and the list goes on. He is best known for his Bell pattern and Martillo, which is a style that he developed and passed to the new comers of the music.
Onel Mulet: is a multi-instrumentalist (saxophone, flute, percussion), composer and producer whose career spans almost three decades. Onel has performed in some of the most prestigious music festivals and concert venues across Europe,the Middle East and Latin America. He has toured, performed and/or recorded with artists including Celia Cruz, Arturo Sandoval, Chaka Khan, Melissa Etheridge, Patato Valdes, Pedro Luis Ferrer, Jose Luis Rodriguez (El Puma), The Gypsy Kings, The Fania All Stars, and Albita Rodriguez, among others. Born in Miami, Fl of Cuban heritage, Onel has been based in New York since 2002.

Maxilmilien Darché/1st Trumpet: Maxilmilien received his Graduate Degree from Purchase College in May 2008 after studying under the guidance of legendary trumpeter Jon Faddis. He has performed with various groups in New York and beyond, including appearances with the Jon Faddis Jazz Orchestra of New York (the successor to the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band) at the NEA Jazz Masters Award Concert in January 2006 and the Kingston Jazz Festival in 2008. He has also performed as a guest with the Jon Faddis Quartet at the Jazz Standard, Blues Alley in Washington D.C., the Newport Jazz Festival, and at the Louis Armstrong House & Archives in Corona, Queens, with Ray Vega, John Fedchock, Steve Turre, Bob Mintzer, Renee Rosnes, Claudio Roditi, and Lew Soloff, among others. Maxilmilien also provides jazz instruction to younger musicians, including teaching at the Purchase College Summer Jazz Institute.

Guido Gonzalez/2nd Trumpet: Guido is a full-time musician in the New York City circuit. He has played and recorded with many salsa bands such as La India, Brenda K. Starr and Ray Sepulveda, Machito Jr & Tito Rodriguez Jr, Tito Puente Jr (Big Three Orq.). Aside from the salsa scene, he also plays trumpet in Broadway shows. He currently performs in “Hair Spray”, “Cabaret” and “Man of La Mancha”.

Walter White grew up in a musical family near Detroit, Michigan and was inspired at an early age by the music of Ludwig Von Beethoven and Louis Armstrong. Starting on his brother’s Boy Scout bugle at age five, Walter learned to play baritone and tuba before settling on trumpet by age nine. Trained at Interlochen Center For the Arts, The Juilliard School, the University of Miami, and The Banff Centre, Walter’s former teachers include William Vacchiano, John Lindenau, Leon Rapier, Carmine Caruso, Jerome Amend, and Kenny Wheeler. Walter’s dynamic trumpet playing led him to work with many of the top names in music including Bob James, Dave Holland, the Woody Herman Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Gunther Schuller, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, The Jaco Pastorius Big Band, and The Mingus Big Band. During the early 1990's, Walter toured and recorded with his boyhood hero, trumpeter Maynard Ferguson, and is featured on the CD, ‘Live from London’, playing The Fox Hunt, a sizzling duet with Maynard recorded at Ronnie Scott's in Soho. Currently, Walter serves as lead trumpeter for Dave Matthew’s Manhattan Jazz Orchestra, with whom he tours Japan on a bi-yearly basis, and has recorded six award-winning records for the Japanese market. Walter's playing has graced the sound tracks of records, movies, and television; most notably network sitcoms TAXI, and The Cosby Show. As a recording studio owner, Walter produces music for records, television, and film, and has authored the Walter White Long-tone Accompaniment, a play-along CD for music practice, which has garnered worldwide acclaim. Walter has composed over forty original works for large jazz ensembles and has been commissioned to write for choirs, woodwind and brass ensembles, and symphonic orchestra.

Walter White is a Yamaha Performing Artist and Clinician.

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