Edgardo A. Cintron:
leader timbales, volcals
Noel Cintron: bongos, vocals;
alex figeroa congas
brian berthold drums
Jimmy Lopez: piano, vcals;
mike rivera bass
Roosevelt Walker Jr.: guitar
Angel Velez: Trumpet, vocals;
james dennis trumpet
William Murray: piccolo, soprano and
Michael Pedicin Jr.: tenor sax;
howard freedman baritone sax
tony perez lead vocals
sound tech dave powel
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.