Carlos de Leon Latin Jazz Band
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Latin jazz master, trumpet player, vocalist and bandleader Carlos de Leon has been playing music professionally for over 30 years. He arrived in New York City from the Dominican Republic in 1964 at the time when this music world, Latin jazz/Afro-Cuban, was giving birth to the global dance phenomenon called Salsa.

In the late 1960's and early 1970's he played with such Latin jazz luminaries as Tito Puente, Tito Rodriguez, the originator Machito and with the Fania All-Stars that pioneered Salsa. Over the next few decades de Leon performed throughout the US, South America and various other parts of the world.

De Leon moved to Providence, RI in 1989—a place he has called home ever since—bringing his powerful interpretation of the Latin jazz tradition to New England. He has formed his own Latin jazz band comprised of musicians from New England as well as world-class musicians from Cuba, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, and the Dominican Republic.

Carlos de Leon and his orchestra offer a sizzling performance of Latin jazz that often incorporates the grooves of salsa, merengue, cumbia, son, and other Latin dance music.