Howard Hall - Piano
is a pianist, originally from Elmsford, NY, and now residing in Newark, NJ. He has played for several decades, beginning at age 6 as a classically trained pianist. He adopted R&B style piano and organ as a teenager, playing with local groups in the Westchester and New York areas. As an adult, Mr. Hall’s passion for jazz led him to study jazz and Latin jazz at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music. Subsequently, he played with Brooklyn based Latin jazz combo Mambo Jazzi for several years, led by trombonist Bill Ohashi. His diverse musical background allows him to adapt to and enjoy many musical genres, displaying a soulful and melodic touch to his interpretations. He has played with artists that include James Gibbs, Vince Ector, Gene Ghee, Gregory Buford, Mauricio de Souza, Thaddeus Expose and vocalist Wilma Ann, among others. He currently plays piano in church, and in jazz, blues and R&B combos. He joined Bluchacha in 2016.
Cruz Rodriguez - Percussion
Born in Puerto Rico, moved to New York in the early 80s to become a Nuyorican! Attended boys harbor music school, has played since with many NYC bands, music from salsa, blues, jazz to more recently funk and soul.
He plays congas, bongos and small percussion.
Sometimes with us:
Dan Fusco - Trombone/ Percussion; Jesse Wallace - Drums/ Percussion; Art Lillard - Drums; Gerald Lindsey - Bass; Fernando Rentas - Bass; Richie Robles - Bass; Danny Flam - Trombone; John Speck - Trombone; Joel Cruz - Saxes/ flute; Brian Morgan - Trombone; Daniel J. Owens - Trombone; Jef Brown - Guitar/ Bass; Michael Rorby - Trombone
Willie Hernandez - Flute/ Percussion
He is one of a hand full of flute players that play the original Cuban Charanga wooden flute. Born and raised in the South Bronx, he's been playing Latin music well over 50 years. Bands and musicians that he has played with: Orchestra La New Yorker, Steve Colon I Charanbrazz, Ralphy Sabater Y Su Charanga, Rey Davila Band, Tito Ramos, Paul Ortiz - Charanga Americana, Gil Suavez - Sonodo Ideal, Riverside Orchestra, Charanga Sensual and many more.
Willie also worked 28 years for A.S.C.A.P., the American Society of Composers, and Publishers.
Vera "Trombonita" Kemper - trombone/ Vocal/ Percussion - Bandleader
please go to the page 'My Story' on this website, there you can read all about Vera and how BluChaCha was created!
Brett Benteler - Bass
Classically trained on the Double Bass, Brett's musical background expands from Afro Cuban to Brazilian, and Jazz. He has traveled throughout North and South America, as well as the Caribbean and Europe, as a bilingual performer and educator. A native of Chicago, Brett worked alongside many of the city’s finest musicians of all disciplines, including international touring artists, such as Grammy nominated Afro Rican Jazz innovator William Cepeda, Cuban pianist Chuchito Valdes, Haitian singer/ actress Carole Demesmin, Japanese Jazz vocalist Iku Mori, and world-renowned vocalists/ composers Grazyna Auguszik and Paulinho Garcia.
Dave Birchard - Drums
A long in the tooth drummer from Staten Island.
Arrived at Blu Cha Cha by way of Doo Wop, Big Band, (Way off) Broadway,
Top40, Smoking Jazz, WaltzFolkPolka, (enter through the kitchen) Club Dates,
Dixieland, and NYC street performances.
Thanks to Jazzmobile and Fred King for getting me here. Hope you dig it.
Carl Reinlib - Trombone/ Guitar
has been playing guitar his whole life However, upon taking up the Trombone, he set as a goal to make it a household word. In addition to his musical exploits with such greats as Jaki Byard, Ken MacIntyre, Johnny Colon, Jay Black and the Americans,he has performed Trombone solos with the Napa Valley Symphony and the Purchase Orchestra. He also has his own seven piece jazz group, the Carl Reinlib Septet, that has featured wonderful musicians including Ralph Lalama, Andy Watson, Dick Oatts and John Eckert. He is also a composer and arranger and has recorded with Marc Wagnon, D-Jetx and the Apollo Stompers. Someday, he plans to bring his singing career from the shower to Carnegie Hall.
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Jack Davis - Trombone/ Percussion
Jack Davis began playing trombone as a kid in the Hawaiian Islands he was raised in. Relocating to New York City, he has worked as a trombonist, percussionist and singer-songwriter on stages that include Saturday Night Live, The Apollo Theater, Birdland, Radio City Music Hall and many others with artists that include Tito Puente, Norah Jones, Ray LaMontagne, The Temptations and many others.