Bands & DJ's

Joe Falero and the D.C. All Stars

 Joe was born in Santurce, Puerto Rico. He is the charismatic bandleader of the DC Latin Jazz All Stars, which was formed in 2004 in Washington, DC after Joe moved from New York City to the DC area.
Joe began playing with different local bands. He did this for almost 6 years, showing his skills on bongos, congas, timbales and vocals.
Joe is known for his showmanship, great technique and spectacular solos. He is an excellent band leader who strives to get the best out of his fellow musicians, this is manifested through his desire to always do something original in every show. The band reflects Joe's ability to blend different styles of Latin music like Mambo, Salsa, Cha-Cha, Rumba, Bolero, Salsa in English and more...
 
Tito Puente Jr. performed with  the band at the new Washington Convention Center, he was the special guest. We did a show with the great sonero Frankie Vazquez, he sang with Joe's band at Cafe Peju in Bethesda Maryland. They also played with the great violinist from Cuba Alfredo de la Fe! Joe Falero & DC Latin Jazz All Stars participated on a TV commercial for Bud Light recorded at The Nation's Club in Washington, DC.  Joe played the timbales for flutist Dave Valentin at a concert in Howard University.
 
In November 2002, Joe was playing with the Zeniza All Stars and decided to leave and follow a different path.  He met Flautist Arch Thompson, keyboardist Bill Davis, Bongo player-Rafy Alvarez and guitarist Tony Harrod and they became the "Latin Jazz All Stars".  In 2004 Joe formed a new band and called it "Joe Falero & DC Latin Jazz All Stars".  Since its creation the band has played in many venues and at many functions on the east coast of the U.S.

 

Edwin Ortiz y su Orquesta La Romana

To the untrained ear, or even to some trained feet, salsa music is salsa music. But to Orquesta La Romana bandleader Edwin Ortiz, there's only one kind that matters: salsa dura, or hard salsa, the aggressive, grittier kind, rich with pouncing trombone drives, defiant conga slaps and irrepressible timbale licks over seductive bass lines and sprawling piano improvisations. It's a sound born in late-'60s New York when young Latinos started experimenting with their parents' music.

"I was too young to play, but my brother Edgar [who plays the bongos in La Romana] was at just the right age," Ortiz says. "He played with salsa legends like Willie Colón, Larry Harlow and Tito Puente." But the youngest Ortiz never relinquished his love for that sound, and he eventually got his chance. At 18, Ortiz decided New York was no place to raise his baby daughter, so he moved to Washington in 1980. "My immediate concern was to join a band and play the bongos, the congas, whatever," Ortiz says. He joined longtime D.C. bandleader Pedro Julio Velásquez's hot-at-the-time Sonora Nuevo Amanecer, but Ortiz had to settle for playing slower, bouncier, accordion-laden cumbia instead.

Orquesta La Romana broke up in 1987, but two years later Ortiz re-formed the band. It has been together since. Today, Orquesta La Romana is a high-torque salsa machine. It honors classic salsa numbers with fresh, feisty arrangements that exude the spirit of exploration that once defined the golden age of salsa. 

To the untrained ear, or even to some trained feet, salsa music is salsa music. But to Orquesta La Romana bandleader Edwin Ortiz, there's only one kind that matters: salsa dura, or hard salsa, the aggressive, grittier kind, rich with pouncing trombone drives, defiant conga slaps and irrepressible timbale licks over seductive bass lines and sprawling piano improvisations. It's a sound born in late-'60s New York when young Latinos started experimenting with their parents' music.

For nearly 30 years, Ortiz has served up salsa dura whether Washington wanted it or not. And with La Romana, his nine-piece band of nearly 20 years, he'll do the honors again at the Second Baltimore Salsa Fest in 2011.

 

 

Dj Dany J (Salsa & Latin DJ)

 New Brunswick, New Jersey

 

 Dany J is a fresh and passionate Salsa DJ from New Brunswick, New Jersey. In a short time, Dany J has appeared and headlined in some of the most popular Salsa clubs and socials in New York City, Philadelphia and everywhere in between in New Jersey. His style at the turntables is fluid and dynamic, always anticipating the mood of the crowd to seduce them to the dance floor song after song. With the perspective of a Salsa dancer, Dany J navigates seamlessly from the under-rated Salsa classics to the most exclusive and rarest tracks, always maintaining a high standard of danceability in the music.

Dany J began as a host and DJ of his own Latin Rock radio show “Ultra Son Latino” at Rutgers University’s WRSU 88.7FM. At WRSU, Dany J interviewed some of the most famous Latin Rock artists, such as Beto Cuevas (La Ley), Julieta Venegas, Enanitos Verdes, Gustavo Cerati (Soda Stereo), Bacilos, Aterciopelados, Cafe Tacuba, Ely Guerra, Molotov and many more.

After several years of doing radio, Dany J decided to trade his Latin Rock radio listeners for live Salsa dancers. Years of experience as an “On-Air” DJ gave Dany J the tools necessary to make a smooth transition from radio to live events. The radio station was the perfect place to master the craft of audio work, from conducting live remote broadcast from clubs, broadcasting live bands, editing audio, producing promo spots and handling music in all its formats.

Dany J’s DJ journey began in the digital age, but his search for unique Salsa tracks has taken him back to playing vinyl LP records in almost every appeareance. And in a little over a year, Dany J has played about one hundred (100) gigs of Salsa music! (See the “Past Shows Archive”)

To hear DJ Dany J exclusive-Salsa sets, pay him a visit at his regular Thursday night party in New Brunswick.

 

 

DJ Heavy (Salsa and Latin DJ)

Baltimore, MD

 

 
DJ Heavy has been spinning the best latin music in the MD/VA/DC metropolitan area clubs since 1992 with focus on Salsa beginning in 2004.  His music has graced many venues including: The Salsa Room (TSR), Cancun Cantina, Latin Palace, DC Live, The Cage, Diversity, Julito’s, Galaxy, The Buqueron, The Cavern, Chelsea’s, and many more.  DJ Heavy's music has entertained the crowd alongside famous artists like Tito Rojas, Raulin Rosendo, Antonio Cartagena, Grupo Niche, Oscar De Leon, La India, DLG, and Amarfis.   Even more exciting are the opportunities he’s had to DJ between sets of live bands including: Atake, Ruby Perez, Kinito Dez, Hermanos Rosario, Joe Veras, Raulin Rodriguez, Luis Vargas, Luis Miguel of the Amargue, Frank Reyes, Doro Reyes, Aventura,Yoskar Sarante, Zacarias Fereira, Robert Vargas and his group Kila, Band Gorda, The Makina,Band Chula, Raul Acosta, Big Boy and many more.
 
Above all, DJ Heavy is passionate about the music he plays and loves seeing the people have a blast dancing to his playlist! In his spare time, he enjoys producing music plus editing beats and Remix titles for his own personal use.
 
Look for him at The Salsa Room (TSR) in Arlington, Virginia on Saturday nights and Cancun Cantina in Hanover, MD on Sunday nights.   DJ Heavy is available for private parties.