Rio Negro

Rio Negro


Hot Afro Cuban Jazz! Dance all night, and wish it never ended. Rio Negro is one of the hottest band's in the country, and is putting the Jazz world on notice!


In his poem "The Negro Speaks of Rivers", Langston Hughes wrote, "My soul has grown deep like the rivers." From this beautiful poem comes the name Río Negro pronounced REEOO NAYGRO. Río Negro, a name given to the group by Broderick Santiago, means "Black River" in Spanish. More specifically, the name refers to three skilled musicians who have co-anchored a dynamic group for more than two years playing at various high profile functions around the world.
Kevin "Quino" Johnson (27), who grew up in Boston, Massachusetts, comes from a musically talented family. He is encouraged by his older brother Doron Johnson who plays jazz piano for Wynton Marsalis among others and his father who plays piano in church. Surrounding himself with music of all forms, especially Latin and Caribbean influences, he uses his music as a means of expression, fusing the old with the new and the unexplored. While briefly living in Spain and the Dominican Republic, Johnson studied music and developed his unique writing style. He has shared the stage with such jazz moguls as Clark Terry, Quincy Jones, Agustín Díaz de los Muñeuqitos de Matanza, Jon Faddis, Antonio Hart, and George Bohannan.
Broderick Santiago (31), a native of New York, is one of this generation's most talented and versatile entertainers. As a percussionist, Santiago has shared the stage with several great musicians including Jimmy Delgado and Jonathan Butler. As a music educator and dance instructor, Santiago strives to educate people about the African roots prevalent in Latin music.


Listen to Music
Latin Flavor

Pachanga (Johnson-Jones)
Consuelo (Johnson)
Lágrimas (Johnson)
Midnight Serenade (Johnson)
Agony of Indifference (Johnson)
Four (Davis)
Baila Morena (Johnson)
Espionage (Johnson-Jones)
Kingdom (Jones)
Out of Touch (Jones)
Equanimity (Johnson)
Moment's Notice (Coltrane)
Read Original Song Biographies

It's All Right With Me
Darn That Dream
Tip Toe Gently
After Work
Amazing Grace
It's October
Millenium Montuno
The Innocent
Swing Des Puces
Goin' Back

Blue Bossa
Night and Day
Autumn Leaves

Set List

All sets are original and full of flavor