Angel Melendez & The 911 Mambo Orchestra

Angel Melendez & The 911 Mambo Orchestra


GRAMMY nominated & Independent Music Awards winner 21 piece MAMBO Orchestra. Playing the best in traditional Latin Music. From yesterday's mambos to the high powered Salsa of today. Powerfull, romantic and energetic.


"47th Annual Grammy Awards 2005 Best album Latin Traditional Tropical Category nominee".

"4th Annual Independent Music Awards 2005 Best Latin Album WINNER".

Featured song "Mambo A La Sandoval" in "Dancing with the Stars". April 2008 season.

Chicago Magazine's Chicagoan of the Year 2005. "Salsa King"

"One of a handful of top-flight mambo orchestras in the world today"
TimeOut Chicago, Sep 1-8, 2005. Bold Fusion the beat goes on at the 2005 Jazz Festival.

August 27th.. "Angel Melendez & The 911 Mambo Orchestra DAY" in Chicago.
Proclaimed by Mayor Richard Daley & 35th Ward Alderman Ray Colon & The 17th Annual Viva! Chicago Latin Music Festival.

"Mambo kings of the Midwest" CS Magazine, Oct 2004. (Chicago Social, a Modern Luxury Publication)

911 Mambo Orchestra plays an array of Latin music from the modern tropical sounds of today to the most traditional hard hitting Mambo of the 50’s. The bands play original arrangements by Angel Melendez and the music of Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, Tito Rodriguez, Perez Prado and FANIA.

Melendez has featured his bands at some of the following prestigious events: U.S. Conference of Mayors Chicago 2005, 27th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival, Millenium Park Jazz Series featuring Danilo Perez, Louisville Fest 07, African Festival of The Arts 07, 17th Annual Viva! Chicago Latin Music Festival, The Taste of Chicago, Chicago SummerDance, Old Town Folk & Roots Festival 06, Bash on Wabash 07, Puerto Rican Festival 07, Chicago International Salsa Congress in 2002 & 2004, Chicago Salsa Festival 07, Chicago’s Millennium Park Opening Ceremonies 2004, Goose Island International Outdoor Fest, AARP Latino Community Celebration 2004 closing for MALO, MLB All-Star Pepsi Park 2003 & Chicago Tribune’s Rock the River Fest.

His bands have played at the most recognized Chicago venues like: The Chicago Symphony Center, Millenium Park’s Pritzker Pavillion, Grant Park’s Petrillo Music Shell, Harris Theatre for Music & Dance, The Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago Museum of Science and Industry, The House of Blues, The Park West & Chicago’s Field Museum among many others.

Angel Melendez has been a musical director and arranger for some of the world’s most renowned Salsa artists including Danilo Perez, Jimmy Bosch, Andy Montañez, Ismael Miranda, Luigi Texidor, Adalberto Santiago, Cheo Feliciano, The Singers of the Apollo Sound (Tito Cruz, Sammy Gonzalez & Papo Sanchez), Frankie Ruiz, Eddie Santiago, Lalo Rodriguez, Luisito Carrión, Hector Tricoche, Tito Allen & Johnny Rivera among others.


LP. "Angel Melendez & The 911 Mambo Orchestra"
mixed and mastered by 16 grammy award winner Jon Fausty, and produced by Latin Street Music Inc. (Grammy nominated)
Since its release in February of 2004, the CD has played in 170 radio stations in 40 states in the United States. It is also playing in 4 radio stations in Canada, 1 station in Bogotá, Colombia and 1 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Angel Meléndez’ music is playing on all six Latin music major markets including New York, Miami, Chicago, New Orleans, Denver & Los Angeles, not to mention Houston, Seattle & Oregon. Some of the radios stations in those major markets include All About Jazz, WDNA, WBEZ, WWOZ, KUVO & DMX Music. All about Jazz is a key internet destination for Jazz enthusiasts in New York and DMX Music is a syndicated satellite radio station with more than 100 million listeners 200,000 business and 30 airlines. In Chicago, the CD has received some support from top commercial radio stations as well, including 93WXRT and WIND & WRTO from Univision Radio. Eight CMJ stations have “debut” ranked the CD on their top 20, reaching 3rd ranking on 3 stations and #1 on one of them. Besides the ranking CMJ stations, 3 stations have reported heavy rotation and another 8 have reported features for a total of 19 station reporting heavy playing time. The Radio promotion has been a national College Music Journal (CMJ) & Jazz Week reporting radio stations campaign. CMJ & Jazz Week stations are non-commercial “Community Based” stations that offer NPR Programming in addition to their own Local Programming.


Latino #6! Best Latin music compilation of 2004 by Planet Records in Italy. Released in 2005. Track #9 "Ven Pa' Que Goze"

Now Hear this! Independent Music Awards Winners 2005. Released by The Musician's Atlas, Music Resource Group & Borders. Track # 10. "Ven Pa Que Goze" Best Latin Group.

Set List

Typical set usually includes 3 Salsas, 1 Merengue, 2 Cha Cha Cha, 1 Bolero. Usual set is 45 - 60 mins. They can also do full sets of Just Salsa or a mix of everything. Their repertoire can fill up more than 4 sets of music. The band can also play non-stop music.
Some of the covers include the ones on the CD like:
Havah Nagilah, Besame Mucho, Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White, A Gozar Timbero, Amor Mio, El Cumbanchero, Frenesi, Hablame, Que Rico El Mambo, Norma la de Guadalajara, Mambo #5, Palo Pa' Rumba, 1983, Sabra Dios, Mi Primera Rumba, Olvidame, Salsa Gente, Caravan, Milestones, Palladium Days, A Night in Tunisia & Caballo Negro among many others.
Also, the 911 Mambo originals like: Ven Pa Que Goze, Chango, Si Una Vez, Los Soneros han Llegado, Panamonk Mambo, Mambo a la Sandoval, and many more.