Cubanisimo Musicians



Ricardo Alvarez (Havana, Cuba, 1962)
Piano, backing vocals, director.

He has been a member of Arkanar, Manuel Valera, Pulsos, Frecuencia Mod, amongst others. Credits in Europe with Nena, Lou Bega, Scatman John, Heath Hunter, Edesio, Quinteto Cubano, Side by Side, RIAS-Big band Berlin. He is also the founder and director of Cuarteto Chanchullo and solo project Extravaganza, as well as the record label and studio, Alvarez Music.
Justo Suárez (Havana, Cuba, 1963)
Lead singer, congas, güiro.

He has worked in Cuba with salsa bands like Son DC, Da Capo, Clave, Orquesta Salsa Tropical, Aché. In Europe he has credits with Habana-Café, Latin Project, Huracao, Salsa Caliente, Sonido 3 and Cuarteto Chanchullo. His own project is Just.on and Timbalatin, with success in the east German Latin scene.
Mairé Ramírez (Havana, Cuba, 1970)
Lead singer, maracas.

She sang in Cuba with Caribe Express and Raiz Latina. She was the lead singer in several bands and shows on tour around Latin America, Italy, Germany and Egypt. His beautiful voice is recognized throught recordings and live concerts on many projects. Also sang in Europe with bands like Sexteto Chanchullo and Sol Naciente.
Omar Rodríguez Calvo (Matanzas, Cuba, 1973)
Baby bass, contrabass, backing vocals.

In Cuba he has worked with Argelia Fragoso, Ramón Valle, Carlos Maza, Pablo Milanés. In Europe he has been working with Joe Gallardo, Nils Landgren, Ramón Valle, Julio Barreto, Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez, Perico San Beat, Roy Hargrove, Eric Vloeimans, Mike Stern, Gabor Winand, Orange Blue, Frank Emilio Flynn, NDR Bigband, Gerardo Nuñez, Cuarteto Chanchullo, Martin Tingvall, Joja Wendt, Jureck Lamorski, Bobby Shew, Enrique Heredia "El Negri", hr Bigband, Pancho Amat, amongst others.
Leandro Saint-Hill (Camagüey, Cuba, 1968)
Tenor sax, flute, backing vocals.

Has worked in Cuba with superstars like Manolín El Médico de la Salsa and Beatriz Márquez. He has important credits in Europe with Chanchullo, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Tony Martínez & the Cuban Power, Modern Talking, Scatman John, Mr. President, Caribbean Unlimited, Miguel Angá and Omar Sosa.
Silvano Mustelier (Santiago, Cuba, 1960)
Timbales, drums

He has been working as a percussionist in Orquesta Gloria Latina (3 CDs), Senda and Salsa Caracol. He has important credits in Cuba with stars like como Roberto Sánchez, Trío Los Caminantes, Ensueño and Quinteto Oriente, a part of the Trova Santiaguera. In Europe and has performed with Quinteto Cubano, Caridad Hierrezuelo, Raúl Rekow and Karl Perazzo (Santana).
Humberto Zaldívar (Camagüey, Cuba, 1974)
Trumpet, percussion, backing vocals.

In Cuba he has worked with superstars like Compay Segundo, Conjunto Campo Alegre, Celina González, Asere, Cotó & Ecos del Caribe and Elíades Ochoa. In Europe he has performed with Caridad Hierrezuelo, Julio Barreto and Cuarteto Chanchullo.
Ardiles Ruiz (Havana, Cuba, 1961)
Trombone,
backing vocals.
Has worked in Cuba with such big super orchestras like Reve y su Charangon and Conjunto Rumbavana. His sound is still a trademark in many Cuban recordings of the 80s. He started to work in Europe in 1996 with different artists like Lou Bega and has made also his own project La Herencia, with one album on the market.
Heinz Lichius (Germany, 1966)
Drums and timbales.

He has worked with artists such as Nils Gessinger, Joe Gallardo, Jonas Schoen, Michel Petruciani, Ramón Valle, Horace Parlan, Benny Bailey, Inga Rumpf, Udo Lindenberg, Maria Schneider, Andre Heller, Orange Blue, Jon Hammond, amongst others. He has recorded with Ulita Knaus, Joja Wendt, Ulla Meinecke, OTC Works, Bill Ramsey, Bob Mintzer, Ron Williams and Uli Geissendorfer.
Dirk Lentschat (Germany, 1964)
Trumpet, flugelhorn.

He is an experienced trumpeter on the jazz scene of North Germany. He has performed in bands such as Jazz-Art-Orchestra and Jens Köhler Oktett as well as with Eberhard Weber, Stefan von Dobrzynski and the NDR-Bigband Orchestra and Roger Cicero. Also he has worked in fusion projects like Articulation and Nils Gessinger Band, and as first trumpeter in the musicals  Cats, West Side Story, La Cage aux Folles, Cabaret.

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