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danilo

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danilo_y_orquesta_universal@yahoo.com or daniloandmusic@yahoo.com


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Orquesta Universal-Escandalo Cumbia

Orquesta Universal at SF Salsa Festival, Hay Craneo

Orquesta Universal at SF Salsa Festival, Summertime

Orquesta Universal at SF Salsa Festival, Manteca

Danilo Performing With Mary Wilson


When Danilo was a child,
his grandfather took him to the rehearsals of his Big Band era jazz group. HisCelia Cruz grandfather, Francisco Perez, known in Nicaragua as Pancho Perez, was the director and saxophonist of both his own groups, "The Black Cats" and "La Centroamericana"("the Central American"). These bands played the music of Benny Goodman, Glen Miller, Perez Prado, Artie Shaw and other music of the '50s.

This early exposure to jazz gave Danilo a strong foundation for his composing skills. The jazz influence is evident in his unique and original vocal style.Dizzy Gillespie

In his extensive musical career, Danilo has played with extraordinary internationally known musicians such as Ray Barretto, Ruben Blades, Mary Wilson of the Supremes, Benny Velarde and his Super Combo, Andy Narell, Ray Obiedo, Dave Valentin, Dizzy Gillespie, and Cal Tjader. He demonstrates some of his best work on bongo and vocals on Ruben Blades' CD, "Ruben Blades and Son del Solar, Live!"

"I feel lucky knowing that I have such a strong foundation in jazz, Caribbean music, and at the same time was exposed to the great soneros such as Cheo Feliciano,Ruben Blades Ruben Blades, Hector La Voe, and Rafael de Jesus. I have taken these roots and have developed my own style of singing, composing and producing my music. I am a person who believes in the future and in the latest innovations (technological and other), and believe that Salsa and Latin Jazz should continue evolving, but we should not forget our roots."

RECORDING CREDITS
Danilo Avanzando
William Ford Pan Jazz
Cubanacan Demo
Cafe Du Nord Live Market Street
Vern Thompson Passions of the Heart
Danilo Vivencias
Tentacion Demo
Benny Velarde Demo
Passion & Grace Passport
Orestes Vilato's Los Kimbos' 90 Demo
Barefoot Dance of Life
Ruben Blades y Son del Solar Live
Rolando Morales Songs From the Wood
Freddy Clarke All Over the Map
Jerry Basserman Love Remains (1 track)
Michael O'Neill Maybe It's About Time
The Michael O'Neill Quintet The Long and the Short of It
Marsha Remas 3 tracks, incl. Love for Sale
Natasha James The Restless Kind
Lisa Redfern Soundtracks
Jules Broussard With Strings Attached
Esteban Bello Amoroso
Danilo Perseverando
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
1979 On congas, performed with Latin Jazz legend Cal Tjader at Laney College, Oakland, California.
1979–1981 On bongo and timbales, performed and recorded with the original big-band Salsa orchestra in the Bay Area, Orquesta Esencia, which included Salsa veterans like Mark Levine on piano, Al Bent on trombone, David Belove on Bass, Benny Velarde on timbales, and Joe Ellis on trumpet.
1982–1983 On bongo and coro, performed with Latin Jazz legend Ray Barretto in New York.
Performed with Ray Barretto in film documentary "Machito, filmed at Village Gate in New York City."
1984 While living and performing in Puerto Rico, participated in percussion Rumba with Cachete Maldonado ("Hijo del Tambo"), Richie Flores, and Endel Dueño ("El Rey del Timbal") at Piñones, San Juan.
1985–1989 Performed on lead vocals and percussion in the San Francisco Bay Area with bands including Conjunto Cespedes, Benny Velarde y su Super Combo, Salsa Caliente, among others.
1989 On congas, performed with legendary Latin Rock band Malo.
On bongo and coro, performed with Ruben Blades and Son del Solar, recorded "Ruben Blades y Son del Solar Live!," and toured the U.S., Japan, Spain, the Canary Islands (Tenerife, Gijon, San Sebastian, Las Palmas).
Performed with Ruben Blades in HBO program, A Latino Session, filmed at the Los Angeles Biltmore Hotel.
Jammed with Carlos Santana, Celia Cruz, Tito Puente, Jerry Garcia, Francisco Aguabella, and Poncho Sanchez.
1990 On percussion (bongo, timbales, congas, colors), performed with Andy Narell; toured Spain and Curaçao.
Performed with Chucho Valdes and Irakere in Curaçao.
On bongo and congas, performed with Dizzy Gillespie at Kimball's East in Emeryville, California.
1991–1994 On lead vocals and percussion, performed with Orestes Vilato's Los Kimbos '90.
1993 Wrote, recorded (lead vocals, all percussion), and released own album, "Vivencias."
1994 Formed own salsa group, Orquesta Universal.
1994–present Performs on timbales and lead vocals with own band, Orquesta Universal in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.
1995 Toured Singapore with own band, Orquesta Universal.
1996–1997 On lead vocals, performed with Benny Velarde y Su Super Combo in the San Francisco Bay Area.
1997 Wrote, recorded (lead vocals, all percussion), and released own album, "Avanzando."
2001 On bongo, performed with Tito Nieves at the Dia de San Juan festival.
2002 On timbales, performed with Orquesta Charanson.
2003 On congas and colors, performed in concerts with Motown legend Mary Wilson of The Supremes.
On timbales and lead vocals, performed with own band, Orquesta Universal, at the San Jose Jazz Festival.
2004 On congas with Rolando Morales' quintet, performed at the Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz.
On congas, performed with Mickey Hart of The Grateful Dead.
2005 On congas with Rolando Morales' quintet, opened for Poncho Sanchez at The Festival at Sandpoint in Idaho.
2006 On drums and lead vocals with own band, Orquesta Universal, performed at a Blues-themed night celebrating Black Music Month at the Oakland Museum in Oakland, California.
On vocals and congas, playing original compositions on which he collaborated with Freddy Clarke, performed World Music with Freddy's band, Wobbly World at the Oakland and de Young Museums.
On drums and lead vocals with own band, Orquesta Universal, performed different genres of music such as Latin and Blues at the de Young Museum's Friday Nights at the de Young celebration in San Francisco, California.
On percussion, recorded on Jules Broussard's album, Jules Broussard...With Strings Attached.
2007–present Performs on guitar and lead vocals with own group, Grupo Universal in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.
2007 On lead vocals, performed with Benny Velarde y Su Super Combo at the San Jose Jazz Festival.
On lead vocals, timbales, and drums, performed with own band, Orquesta Universal, at Yoshi's in Oakland, California.
2008 On timbales and lead vocals, performed with own band, Orquesta Universal, at the San Jose Jazz Festival.
2010 Recorded vocal effects for SURVIVOR™: Nicaragua and Redemption Island, airing on CBS.
On congas, performed with popular Salsa singer Jose "El Canario" Alberto.
On lead vocals and timbales, performed with own band, Orquesta Universal, at San Francisco Carnaval.
On congas, performed and was filmed for a promotional video with own quartet for the San Francisco Arts Commission's Culture Wire.
On bongo, performed with Doug Beavers' Conjunto Rovira at the 2nd Annual San Francisco Salsa Festival.
On bongo, performed with popular Salsa band Los Adolecentes in San Francisco, California, and Seattle, Washington.
2011 On timbales, performed with an all-star orchestra that included Ray Obiedo on guitar, Mark Levine on piano, Jorge Pomar on bass, and Roger Glenn on flute at a benefit for Benny Velarde at Yoshi's in Oakland, California.
On bongo, performed with Doug Beavers' Conjunto Rovira at the San Jose Jazz Festival.
2012–present Teaches beginner to advanced percussion and drum set classes and workshops at the California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley, California, as well as teaching one-on-one private lessons.
2012 On timbales and lead vocals, performed with own band, Orquesta Universal, at the opening of the 4th Annual San Francisco Salsa Festival.
On timbales and lead vocals, performed with own band, Orquesta Universal, at the San Jose Jazz Festival.
2013 On congas and percussion, performed with Latin Grammy Award-winning flautist Nestor Torres at Yoshi's in Oakland, California.
On congas, performed with Josh Jones' band at a Tribute to Ray Barretto at the San Francisco Jazz Center.
On congas, performed with legendary Herbie Hancock drummer James Levi's quartet for New Year's Eve in Oakland, California.
2014 On timbales, performed with legendary Herbie Hancock drummer James Levi in a concert with Art Jackson and Areito in Oakland, California.
2015 On congas, performed on the Rumbagua float for San Francisco Carnaval.
Original song "Amor Abusado" from the album Avanzando was featured on the CW network's hit show The Flash, "Nuclear Man" episode.
On timbales, performed with Orquesta Universal for the Cinco de Mayo celebration at the San Jose Flea Market.
On lead vocal and guitar, performed with own group "Duo Universal" at the City of Dublin "splatter" Festival.
On timbales, performed with popular Salsa singer Cali Aleman, who has had a long career singing worldwide with top Salsa bands such as Sonora Matancera, Fania All Stars, Johnny Pacheco, Guayacan, Grupo Niche, Eddie Palmieri, and Jose Fajardo.
2016 Original song "Amor Abusado" from the album Avanzando was featured on the premiere episode of the Fox television show "Pitch."
On bongo, cowbell, guiro, timbales, and vocals performed with Tito Puente, Jr. at Yoshi's Oakland.
On timbales and lead vocals, performed with own band, Orquesta Universal, at the San Jose Jazz Festival.
2017 On congas, sat in with Poncho Sanchez at Yoshi's in Oakland, California.
Wrote, recorded (lead and background vocals, all percussion), and released own album, "Perseverando."
On timbales and lead vocals, performed with own band, Orquesta Universal, at the San Francisco Juneteenth Festival.
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