Great Lakes Leading Latin Jazz Group live at Nighttown!
Featuring: Sammy DeLeon/timbales & vocals, Jackie Warren-piano, Rafael Guzman-percussion,
Jose 'Cheo' Hernandez-bass, Scott McKee-trumpet, & Tom First-sax.
Sammy DeLeon a master timbales player has shared his talent far and wide. He has appeared in New York, Chicago, Miami, San Juan and points in between. He is the undisputed leader in latin music in the Ohio area. Formerly the musical director of Impacto Nuevo, Sammy has been leading his own group since 1996. Equally adept in latin jazz, salsa and merengue, Sammy and his Orchestra make it hard for an audience to sit still. DeLeon has shared the stage with many stars of latin jazz.
He opened up for the late Tito Puente several times in Cleveland and New York City and was a favorite of the late master. Sammy has collaborated with many of the leading latin musicians throughout the world. They include Humberto Ramirez, Tony Vega, El Gran Combo, and Tito Rojas. Latin music has enjoyed a great revival in Northeast Ohio thanks to the leadership of Sammy DeLeon and his dynamic Orchestra.
Jackie Warren is one of the most in demand and prolific jazz artists working in the Great Lakes region. On any given night she can be found playing solo, leading her trio, or she may be heard as the featured soloist and arranger for Sammy DeLeon's Salsa and Latin-Jazz ensemble.
Jackie is also a professor of music at Tri-C and has several private students. Jackie gets calls constantly from vocalists who want her to back them, and she is frequently called on to guest with national artists. In the past few years Jackie has performed with David "Fathead" Newman, Bobby Watson, Jane Bunnett, and Gerald Wilson. Her arrangements can be heard on Sammy DeLeon's new CD, and recently she recorded a session in collaboration with the legendary producer Tommy LiPuma.