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The Cuban Legends will play live at the Hollywood Beach Center Bandshell at Johnson Street on Friday, June 26th from 7:00pm – 9:00pm. The Legends will perform a concert of original scores and personally arranged standards oceanfront and under the stars. The series of performances known as Friday Fest are part of a cultural series produced by the Hollywood Beach Community Redevelopment Agency in collaboration with Hollywood Parks & Recreation. The Latin Jazz Quintet’s performance will be taped by Spiradic Productions to be used in the upcoming documentary, Lagrimas Negras.
For further information on:

• The Cuban Legends visit www.oscarsalasdrums.com, or contact: Oscar Salas at 786.985.0811
• Lagrimas Negras visit www.Spiradicproductions.com, or contact: Antoni Anarov at 561.289.6491

The Cuban Legends is the result of a bond created by shared talent, the love of Cuban music as experienced across the Florida Straits and long lasting friendship. These Cuban born and exiled musicians bring together years of combined performance and recording experience in traditional Cuban music, Latin Jazz, R & B, Pop and Rock. The Cuban Legends, joined forces during production for Lagrimas Negras, and are now continuing as group enriching the tradition of heritage through performance and recording. Oscar Salas sums the feeling of the Quintet in few words, “We are lifetime friends that are passionate about making music that makes the heart beat faster and rhythm that makes the body move without prompting.”
In 2008, Spiradic Productons began work on a the Lagrimas Negras project – a documentary that highlights separation and the experience of being a Cuban Musician in exile as seen through the eyes of some of modern history’s greatest Cuban artist. Using the namesake of renowned Cuban composer, Miguel Matamoros, Spiradic Productions began taping and recording the sights and sounds of The Cuban Legends Quintet, along with other notable Cuban Musicians that include Grammy winners, Cachao and Albita.
The Cuban Legends are:
Pianist Paquito Echevarria who played with the celebrated bands of Havana in the 1950’s. In the 1960’s Paquito backed up Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr. and other international stars who performed in the famed Boom Boom Room on Miami Beach. In the mid-eighties, he formed the band Grupo Wal-Pa-Ta-Ca with Israel “Cachao” Lopez. One of his most recognizable riffs is in the introduction to the Miami Sound Machine’s hit-tune “Conga.”
Percussionist Oscar Salas who has toured, performed and recorded with David Byrne, Jaco Pastorius, Arturo Sandoval, Eartha Kitt, Willy Chirino, Celia Cruz, the Brecker Brothers and Ira Sullivan among many other music al greats. Oscar’s style is unequivocally original, he melds the sounds of the rumba he heard on the streets of Havana with the R & B sounds he learned as an exile in Miami. He has lectured about the history of percussion at the Historical Museum of South Florida, and composed music for a number stage plays.
Nelson “Flaco” Padron started performing on percussion in Havana. In South Florida, he performed and/or recorded with Dizzy Gillespie, Ramsey Lewis, Arturo Sandoval, Mongo Santamaria, Andy Gibb, James Brown, Joe Walsh, Menudo and Candido Camero among other notable world musicians.
The Cuban Legends will be augmented by Raphael Valencia on bass and Jesus” Chuchi” Jorge on trumpet and trombone.
- Oscar Salas


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Recording of our first album in progress.

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The concept for the quintet came to mind during the filming and recording for the documentary Lagrimas Negras that most of us were working on together Paquito Echevarria, Nelson Flaco Padron and I.
The three of us go back a lifetime of personal friendship and making music together. And specially Flaco and Paquito they know each other since they were kids in Habana in the 1950’s.
We want to use the Quintet as a promotional vehicle for the film and as an entity of it is own.