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EP- CocoLoco (2006)



CocoLoco is high-energy Latin music that transcends traditional boundaries and appeals to a wide audience. The band plays popular classics from Cuba, Colombia, Brazil. Mexico, Venezuela arranged to entertain. The nucleus of CocoLoco was formed in 2003 when Ann Reynolds, Fernando Allende, and Hugo Taylor met as sidemen for another band, the Rumba Kings. They began working on a repertoire and a sound that would blend their knowledge of Latin traditions. Nate Brown joined the group in 2005, adding his own unique voice and experience working in Brazilian, jazz, and classical music.

The result from this combination of South and North American musicians is a rich blend of several Latin styles, jazz, rock, and pop. Singing voices combined with percussion, piano, bass, saxophone and flute, produce contagiously inviting performances appropriate for all ages and nationalities.

Influences on the bands sound and arrangements come from Cuban greats Beny More, Isaac Delgado, Chucho Valdes; salsa giants Willie Colon and Celia Cruz; Santana and the Beatles.

Band member info:
Fernando �Pocho� Allende (percussion and vocals) is a Chilean-born drummer, percussionist, and vocalist. He started his musical career as one of the pioneers of South American �beat� music, working with Palito Ortega and Luis Dimas and later became musical advisor to Don Francisco�s �Sabados Gigantes�.
Nate Brown (saxophone, flute) studied music at
Cornish College of the Arts where he began collaborating with the great
Brazilian pianist Jovino Santos Neto, who later produced Browns solo album
Based On Actual Events.
Ann �Annita� Reynolds (piano, vocals) travels to Cuba on a yearly pilgrimage to study at La Escuela Nacional de Arte in Havana. Ann also currently plays in the 16 piece �Seattle Women�s Jazz Orchestra� which traveled to Peru in 2003 and 2007 to perform at the Lima Jazz Festival.
Hugo Taylor (bass and vocal) was born in Cali, Colombia. He loved the Beatles and disliked Latin music until he arrived in the USA. He then missed his culture so much that he joined the legendary �Tirzo Martin y su Orquestra� in Miami. Later he played with �The Fanatics� in Seattle.