Latin Jazz All Stars
The Latin Jazz All Stars consists of Jorge Castro — tenor saxophone, Yunior Cabrerra — bass, Eddie Martinez — piano and Steve Berrios — drums.
A native of Puerto Rico and the youngest member of the group, Castro discovered the tenor saxophone when his family moved to Chicago. David Sanchez introduced Castro to producer Jacey Falk in 2004. He was promptly asked to join the ensemble. Jorge has worked with Dave Valentin, Hilton Ruiz and Giovanni Hidalgo.
Cabrerra is considered by many to be the hottest young bassist in Afro Cuban and Latin Jazz. The list of musicians he has accompanied includes Chucho Valdez, Hilton Ruiz, Steve Turre, Giovanni Hidalgo, Claudio Roditi and David Valentin. A native of Cuba, Yunior spent years in Los Angeles before moving to New York. By 2003 he completed over six world tours and worked on three movie soundtracks. He continues to be one of the busiest bassists in the world.
Berrios became interested in percussion at a young age and was an apprentice of Julio Collazo, the legendary master of the bata sacred drum. He has performed as part of Mongo Santamaria’s band playing traps and timbales. He also played in the infamous Apache Band. Max Roach, Louis Hayes and the late Billy Higgins regard him as a master who has closed the gap between Latin and jazz music.
Columbian pianist, Martinez was a member of the legendary Ray Barreto’s salsa bands. He performed with Tito Puente, Carlos ‘Patato’ Valdez, Johnny Rodriguez and Sal Cuevas as a member of the Latin Percussion Jazz Ensemle. The list of other greats he has performed and recorded with include Gato Barbieri, Ron Carter, Ray Mantilla and many others. Marinez continues to be a major influence on up and coming Latin jazz pianists.