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Anthony Blea y su Charanga
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Anthony Blea y su Charanga (formerly known as Charanson) has been consistently rocking the San Francisco Bay Area for over a decade with his unique brand of Afro-Cuban salsa.

The band?s debut CD, Virgen De La Caridad combines the traditional Charanga instrumentation (violin, flute) with a driving horn section. Conceived in 1995 by violinist Anthony Blea and former bassist Mike Madrigal, the band quickly became a favorite of the Bay Area salsa music world.

Anthony Blea is a veteran of the salsa music community in San Francisco as well as New York City. Starting with Tipica Cienfuegos at the age of 15 and later a founding member of Batachanga, Anthony was well prepared to tackle New York. Attending the Manhattan School of Music by day and moonlighting it with New York's Latin musicians.

After tiouring Europe with the Orquestra Metropolitana del Son, he realized that there was something missing from his life. Anthony returned to San Francisco to continue his salsa legacy.

Complimenting Anthony's skills are the finest musicians to be had in the Bay-Area. The rhythm section consists of Marco Diaz on piano and Saul Sierra on bass. These two musicians represent the youth and vigor in the evolving sound of Afro-Cuban music in the San Francisco Bay-Area. They also play with Jesus Diaz y Su QBA and Visi?n Latina as well as being sought after by many other Bay-Area bands.

On percussion there is Javier Navarrete on conga. Javier is part of the new generation of percussionists that grew up with an ear favoring modern Cuban music (Timba) and an admiration for percussionists such as Giovanni Hidalgo and Changuito to name only a few.

On timbales there is Cuban born Carlos Caro. Caro is a rare talent who is comfortable on many percussion instruments as well as composing music, his professionalism and experience are an asset to the band.

Pulling up the horn section is Bill Ortiz on trumpet (Santana, Lavay Smith). Bill is a world class trumpet player that swings in any style and possesses his own unique sound. On trumpet and trombone there is Ross Wilson. Ross is one of the rare horn players who plays trumpet and trombone equally well and can change between the two instruments at the drop of a hat. Juan Ceballos plays flute and helps out on coro, Juan brings decades of experience to the bandstand. On  vocals, Orlando Torriente adds an excitement to the band with his street edged pregones combined with his natural connection with the audience.


Virgen De La Caridad (independent, 2004)

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