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danilo

Bookings (510) 548-7747 or (510) 508-3793
danilo_y_orquesta_universal@yahoo.com or daniloandmusic@yahoo.com


Video Bio


Kimball's 1


Kimball's 2

Mary Wilson

Escandalo-Live Quintet

Orquesta Universal at SF Salsa Festival, Hay Craneo

Orquesta Universal at SF Salsa Festival, Summertime

Orquesta Universal at SF Salsa Festival, Manteca


When Danilo was a child,
his grandfather took him to the rehearsals of his Big Band era jazz group. HisCelia Cruz grandfather, Francisco Perez, known in Nicaragua as Pancho Perez, was the director and saxophonist of both his own groups, "The Black Cats" and "La Centroamericana"("the Central American"). These bands played the music of Benny Goodman, Glen Miller, Perez Prado, Artie Shaw and other music of the '50s.

This early exposure to jazz gave Danilo a strong foundation for his composing skills. The jazz influence is evident in his unique and original vocal style.Dizzy Gillespie

In his extensive musical career, Danilo has played with extraordinary internationally known musicians such as Ray Baretto, Ruben Blades, Mary Wilson of the Supremes, Benny Velarde and his Super Combo, Andy Narell, Ray Obiedo, Dave Valentin, Dizzy Gillespie, and Cal Tjader. He demonstrates some of his best work on bongo and vocals on Ruben Blades' CD, "Ruben Blades and Son del Solar, Live!"

"I feel lucky knowing that I have such a strong foundation in jazz, Caribbean music, and at the same time was exposed to the great soneros such as Cheo Feliciano,Ruben Blades Ruben Blades, Hector La Voe, and Rafael de Jesus. I have taken these roots and have developed my own style of singing, composing and producing my music. I am a person who believes in the future and in the latest innovations (technological and other), and believe that Salsa and Latin Jazz should continue evolving, but we should not forget our roots."

RECORDING CREDITS
Danilo Avanzando
William Ford Pan Jazz
Cubanacan Demo
Cafe Du Nord Live Market Street
Vern Thompson Passions of the Heart
Danilo Vivencias
Tentacion Demo
Benny Velarde Demo
Passion & Grace Passport
Orestes Vilato's Los Kimbos' 90 Demo
Barefoot Dance of Life
Ruben Blades y Son del Solar Live
Rolando Morales Songs From the Wood
Freddy Clarke All Over the Map
Jerry Basserman Love Remains (1 track)
Michael O'Neill Maybe It's About Time
The Michael O'Neill Quintet The Long and the Short of It
Marsha Remas 3 tracks, incl. Love for Sale
Natasha James The Restless Kind
Lisa Redfern Soundtracks
Jules Broussard With Strings Attached
Esteban Bello Amoroso
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
1979 On congas, performed with Cal Tjader at Laney College, Oakland, California.
1982 On bongo and coro, performed with Ray Barretto at Village Gate, NYC.
1984 Performed with Ray Barretto at Village Gate, NYC, in film documentary "Machito."
Percussion Rumba with Cachete Maldonado, Richie Flores, Endel Dueno at Pinones, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
1989 On bongo and coro, performed with Ruben Blades and Son del Solar. Recorded "Ruben Blades y Son del Solar Live!"
Toured the U.S., Japan, Spain, the Canary Islands (Tenerife, Gijon, San Sebastian, Las Palmas).
On bongo and coro, performed with Ruben Blades in HBO program, A Latino Session, filmed at the LA Biltmore Hotel.
Jammed with Carlos Santana, Celia Cruz, Tito Puente, Jerry Garcia, Francisco Aguabella, and Poncho Sanchez.
1990 On percussion (bongo, timbales, congas, colors), performed with Andy Narell.Toured Spain and Curacao.
Sat in with Irakere in Curacao.
1991-1993 On bongo and congas, performed with Dizzy Gillespie at Kimball's East, Emeryville, California.
1991-1994 On lead vocal and percussion, performed with Orestes Vilato's Los Kimbos '90.
1993 Wrote, recorded, and released his album, "Vivencias."
1994 Formed own salsa group, Orquesta Universal.
1994-present Performs with Orquesta Universal, San Francisco Bay Area.
1995 Toured Singapore with own band, Orquesta Universal.
1996-1997 On lead vocal, performed with Benny Velarde y Su Super Combo, San Francisco Bay Area.
1997 Wrote, recorded, and released his album, "Avanzando."
2001 On bongo, performed with Tito Nieves at the Dia de San Juan festival.
2002 On timbales, performed with Orquesta Charanson.
2003 On congas and colors, performed with Mary Wilson of The Supremes at the San Francisco Hilton and the Napa County Fair.
2003 On timbales and lead vocals, performed with his band, Orquesta Universal, at the San Jose Jazz Festival.
2004 On congas with Rolando Morales' quintet, performed at the Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz.
2004 On congas, performed with Mickey Hart of The Grateful Dead at the George Lucas Valley Ranch.
2005 On congas with Rolando Morales' quintet, opened for Poncho Sanchez at The Festival at Sandpoint in Idaho.
2006 On drums and lead vocals with own band, Orquesta Universal, performed Salsa/Latin Jazz at the "Chocolate Caliente Night" and Blues at the Blues-themed night celebrating Black Music Month at Oakland Museum's First Fridays After Five celebrations. On vocals and congas, playing original compositions on which he collaborated with Freddy Clarke, performed World Music with Freddy's band, Wobbly World at the Oakland Museum.
2006 On drums and lead vocals with own band, Orquesta Universal, performed different genres of music such as Latin and Blues at the de Young Museum's Friday Nights at the de Young celebrations. On vocals and congas, playing original compositions on which he collaborated with Freddy Clarke, performed World Music with Freddy's band, Wobbly World at the de Young Museum.
2006 On percussion, recorded on Jules Broussard's upcoming album, Jules Broussard...With Strings Attached.
2007 On lead vocals, performed with Benny Velarde y Su Super Combo at the San Jose Jazz Festival.
2008 On timbales and lead vocals, performed with his band, Orquesta Universal, at the San Jose Jazz Festival.
2010 Recorded vocal effects for SURVIVOR™: Nicaragua and Redemption Island, airing on CBS.
2011 On timbales, performed with an all-star orchestra that included Ray Obiedo on guitar, Mark Levine on piano, Jorge Pomar on bass, and Roger Glenn on flute at a benefit for Benny Velarde at Yoshi's Oakland.
2012 On timbales and lead vocals, performed with his band, Orquesta Universal, at the opening of the San Francisco Salsa Festival at Cafe Cocomo.
2012 On timbales and lead vocals, performed with his band, Orquesta Universal, at the San Jose Jazz Festival.
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