Friday, April 17, 2015
Melena & Her Afro-Cuban Jazz Band @ Steamers
SATURDAY, APRIL 18, THE RETURN OF CUBAN PERCUSSIONIST EXTRAORDINAIRE MELENA
AND HER AFRO-CUBAN JAZZ BAND
Featuring: Oscar Hernandez, Eddie Resto, Anderson Quintero, Serafin Aguillar & & Javier Vergara
Steamers Jazz Club and Cafe
138 W. Commonwealth Ave
Fullerton, CA 92832
Melena Francis Valdes is a world-class percussionist and educator of Afro/Cuban Music History and Percussion. She has toured, performed and recorded with legendary artists such as Barry White, Stevie Wonder, Macy Gray, Julio Iglesias, Chucho Valdes & Irakere, Chayanne, John Tesh, Eva Ayllone, Peru Negro, Giovanni Hidalgo, Ray De La Paz, Mario Ortiz Jr., Chino Nunez and many more. Melena teaches all levels of percussion, and has experience with special needs students as well.
She has conducted Master Classes nationally and internationally such as: Montreal Drum Festival, Puerto Rico Music Conservatory, Percussion Gallery (Ponce, P.R.), Los Angeles Music Academy, Brownsville University, Remo Drum Center, Braille Institute, Boys and Girls Club, and more. She has specialized her studies in the Afro-Cuban tradition, and has taught her students the importance of the history and knowledge of Afro-Cuban drumming. Melena performs with her Afro-Cuban Jazz and Salsa band worldwide and is one of the most accomplished female percussionists in the Latin Music Industry. Enjoy!