The Mambo Kings
The Mambo Kings, together since 1995, are enjoying great success as Upstate New York's foremost Latin jazz ensemble, and have rapidly earned a national reputation for their explosive blend of Afro Cuban rhythms and jazz improvisation.
Since their orchestral debut in 1997 with the Rochester Philharmonic and Conductor Jeff Tyzik, Mambo Kings have appeared at the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival and in Pops concerts with orchestras in Baltimore, Vancouver, Detroit, Dallas, Naples (FL), and Portland (OR), among many others, performing original compositions and arrangements by pianist Richard DeLaney.
As a quintet, Mambo Kings have appeared as featured soloists at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Fest, the Music In The Mountains Festival in Colorado, the Lewiston (NY) Jazz Fest, and the Big Sky Arts Fest in Bozeman, MT.
More recently, the 2019 season featured performances with the Alabama Symphony, a sold-out concert at the Grant Park Music Festival in Chicago, and a show with the Des Moines Symphony. The band weathered the 2020/21 season with online performances with the Austin, Buffalo, and West Michigan Orchestras, and a live performance with the Virginia Symphony to wrap up the year.
Mambo Kings released their third self-produced recording, Nostalgia, in July of 2008. Nostalgia, along with their previous releases — Live! (2005) and Marinera (2003) — continues to receive radio airplay throughout North America and Puerto Rico.