Paul "Sabor" Rivera His style of playing are influenced by percussionists Ray Barretto, Mongo Santamaria, Poncho Sanchez, Patato and other conga masters. The evolution of Mambo, "Salsa", Latin Jazz & American Jazz with West African rhythms has led him to engineer his band to the vibrant, innovative sounds and fusion of Afro-Latin Jazz.
Cindy Bobe "Cinsational's" versatility and compassion can be heard and felt through her percussive sharpness and timing; from the Latin & Jazz rhythms with the West African clave.
Richie Robles Known as the "Club Kidd," has been on the Latin Jazz scene since the late 80's, starting his career with the group Brisa, and has performed in Canada and throughout the New York City area.
David DiTrapani -- Trumpet "DiTrap" has been playing professionally throughout New York City since the age of 17. A graduate of City College, he is a versatile musician with an incredible tone, capable of blending and crossing over genres with ease. In addition to playing alongside The Afro-Latineers, he is involved in various jazz and pop groups and is active as a jazz arranger.
Joaquin Rodriguez -- Keyboard "Dr. J" is a Latin Jazz pianist with musical training from the LaGuardia High School for the Arts (High School of Music and Art at 135th Street/Convent Avenue - back in the day), and the Manhattan School of Music. He also received in-depth latin-jazz piano training from the late Charlie Palmieri in the early 70s. As a freelance pianist and arranger during the 70s and 80s, Dr. J worked "on-call" with various Latin artists including Tito Puente, Orquesta Broadway, Conjunto Clasico and various others. Since returning to the music scene, Dr. J has worked as a pianist with The Afro-Latineers, Franky Valdez, Blue Cha-Cha and other jazz groups throughout the Greater New York Area.
Shu Odamura -- Electric Guitar Born and raised in Kyoto, Japan, Shu is the youngest participant and award winner in the Gibson Jazz Guitar Contest in Tokyo, Japan. Mr. Shu is honored with The 38th Annual Jazz Station Awards as top 2nd acoustic guitarist. He studied at Berklee College of Music with Jon Damian and Greg Hopkins. Shu currently resides in New York City as a freelance guitarist and composer.
Atsushi Ouchi -- Saxophone Atsushi is a second generation Japanese-American saxophonist and composer from Seattle, Washington. Freelancing in New York City since 2006, he is a graduate of the Queens College Aaron Copland School of Music. Major influences are John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, and Paul Desmond.
Dominique Jones -- Bass Guitar "Supabass" is a graduate of York College where he received his BA in music. He has been playing guitar since age 12 and bass since age 14. He attended Talent Unlimited H.S. in Manhattan and has performed with the collegiate York College Big Band, and the Queensborough Jazz Ensemble. Dominique is currently pursuing his M.A.T. at Lehman College while continuing to freelance around NYC.
Eiko Rikuhashi -- Keyboard Born and raised in Japan, Eiko studied music in Kyoto, receiving competition awards and all while performing live and creating her own compositions. Since her arrival in New York City, Eiko has gained more experience working with jazz luminaries; both as a side person as well as a leader to other notable artists. She has also worked with Anthony Wonsey, a respected jazz pianist.