LEADER- TIMBALIES,PERCUSSION, VOCALS
Percussionist Edgardo Cintron is a second-generation Puerto Rican and a second generation musician, known as much for his affable personality and generous spirit as for his tasty musicianship. Born on August 28th, 1958 in Fort Riley, Kansas, he attributes his musical influences to his Father, Pablo, who played guitar in the U.S. military band and also to Charlie Parker, Stevie Wonder, Carlos Santana and Tito Puente. By the age of five, Edgardo was studying French horn and guitar, and later, the percussion, all under his father’s direction.
Moving the Family to the East Coast in 1962, the elder Cintron formed his own band, Los Tropicales. By age twelve, Edgardo had the percussion chair. He traveled up and down the coast with the band, playing at hotels and Latin dances, working with such notable musicians as Yomo Toro and Maso Rivera. “We used to wear the ruffled shirts, the red suits and get the people dancing” says Edgardo. “We played all the great Latin standards.
After serving in the army himself (1975-1977), Edgardo began studying music again. In 1988, he formed his own twelve-piece band, the Tiempo Noventa Orchestra. They went on to play numerous jazz festivals and concerts including the Bethlehem Music Festival, Newark Jazz Festival, Clifford Brown Jazz Festival, and Cape May Jazz Festival.
In 1995, Edgardo self-produced his debut CD with the Orchestra entitled, “Musica Caliente”. It featured saxophonist Mike Pedicin, Jr. and percussionist, Pablo Batista (Congas). The ten-song CD was released on the Naxos label.
Two CD’s for the DBK label followed. In 1998, Edgardo recorded Spanish Eyes with a trio and Straight No Chaser with the Tiempo Noventa Orchestra. The latter tracked on the Gavin Charts at #16. Both were pre-nominated for the Grammy’s that year.
Currently, Edgardo fronts the Latin pop orchestra, “Cintron" . Their latest recoding “CINTRON LIVE MANTECA is doing very well and can be purchased at all major music stores. You can visit their web site www.cintronband.com.
John has toured many years on the east coast, in night clubs, and casinos performing with various artists and bands, including his own projects., the RIO BAND. Also recording with many artists on major recording labels, and involved with arranging and orchestrating music for producers on special projects. Now the owner of musicediting.net producing music for artists , and dance competitions also producing all the music for the Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders for 17 seasons. Now enjoying playing with the Inca Band Tribute to Santana.
Bobby is a dentist with the U.S. Public Health Service. He grew up in Puerto Rico and played guitar in Rock and Soul bands through his teenage years. Bobby attended college in Philadelphia where he switched to bass to play Salsa and Latin Jazz in the Philadelphia area. He played in various Philly Latin bands in the mid and late 70's. Bobby attended dental school in Puerto Rico from 1980-'84 and continued playing Salsa in Puerto Rico until 1993. After returning to the mainland he reconnected with Philly Salsa folks. He has been playing bass with the Edgardo Cintron Band since 2013, and Bobby has played with the Inca Band for one year, enjoying the music of Santana.
TIMMY INGRAM- CONGAS, PERCUSSION ,VOCALS
Timmy was born and raised in Camden NJ. One of Henry and Vera Ingram’s nine children, he began performing professionally with his older siblings at the age of 10.
Timmy is a multi-instrumentalist who was always encouraged to learn and play every instrument during all their performances. His main instrument and first love, is percussion. He loves the freedom and creativity that comes with performing as a percussionist.
He has been blessed to have a great career in the music business. He has recorded 5 albums With his brothers under their last name INGRAM.
He has traveled around the world because of playing music. He has recorded on numerous albums for other artist like the Stylistics, The Softones, Barbara Mason, Blue Magic, Major Harris, Ronnie Dyson, Van McCoy and many more. He also has performed in the band of many artists such as Patti Labelle, The Futures, Sister Sledge, Barbara Mason, Jean Carne and many more. He has performed on Broadway and with the touring company of Your Arms are Too Short to Box with God and When Hell Freezes Over I’ll Skate. Currently he performs with The Dr Cheeko Band, Carnivale, The INCA Band, ( Santana Tribute ) Kiss The Sky ( Jimi Hendricks Tribute ) And Will Power Funk Band All of which are Delaware Valleys hottest bands.
Roosevelt has a 56 digital recording studio in his home which he uses to write and produce music for various local artist. He has performed with the Willingboro Big Band, the Cintron Band, Azuca, Will Power ( A Tower Of Power Tribute Band ) Major Harris, and Galaxy 5 as a musical director. Roosevelt is also musical director and Bandleader for the Smooth Jazz Group Exit 45. His love for the guitar Excels, playing the music of Santana in the Inca Band.
ABRAHAM PAPI BREN
Abraham took his first steps in Carolina, Puerto Rico. From early in his childhood his love for music was evident. He started playing the piano at the age of 3 with the guidance of his mother and at 5 with the great musician Lito Pena. His first singing studies where at intermediate school with the voice of the Hispanos, Wison Torres. During his teenage years he participated in choirs, Music Theater and even in a rock group. But his passion for Salsa music was stronger than other genres. After graduating from the University of Puerto Rico, Abraham joins the United States Air Force and his flying schedule distant him from the music scene for a while. In his last assignment with the AF he moves to South Jersey where he still resides and meets great Spanish musicians that invite him to perform. Is here that he has done background vocals for salsa greats like, Ismael Miranda, Anthony Colon, Luisito Carrrion, Charlie Cruz, Frankie Negron, NG2 and has performed with great local bands like; Cintron Band, Inca, Combo Melaza, LA95, Jimmy Jorge and the Latin Express and Lopez/Perez Mambo Band among others. After a battle with cancer and a heart attack, Abraham returns to the stage with more strength and motivation than ever. He is working on his first album and his first single has been a success in all the US and Worldwide.
DENNIS JAMES- DRUMS
Dennis was formally taught piano at age 6 by attending Settlement Music School in Phila. PA. He continued piano lessons until the age of 9. Then, after seeing and hearing his first live marching band desired to switch to drums, from there it was no looking back. He started taking drum lessons at elementary school in 4th grade and continued until high school, where he performed with the marching and stage bands.
Dennis formed his first band, “ONXY” at the age of 16. ONYX performed at various high school and college dances.
Dennis enrolled into Lincoln University, where he continued to perform with various musicians on campus, which included individuals who performed with Gill Scott Herron and Aretha Franklin.
After leaving Lincoln, Dennis joined Funk band, “Pretty Slick”. The band was together for 15 years and enjoyed moderate success recording 4 singles and touring the country, opening for such national acts as: Shalamar, Skyy, Mass Production, Captain Rock and Breakwater.
In the nineties, Dennis taught himself how to play percussion (congas, bongos and timbales) while preforming with Gospel and Jazz acts on drum kit. In 1997 Dennis joined gospel recording group, “The Gabriel Hardeman Delegation” and recorded the 2010 Grammy nominated gospel album, “To the Chief Musician.” He also helped to form the Jazz group, “DFOR” which recorded and released 3 Contemporary Jazz CD’s.
Dennis continues to perform with his own bands and well others for private parties and public events.