Biographies
Ted David

Ted David, saxophonist, flutist, musical director and arranger.  As a music major at the University of MD he studied flute with Drs. Bryce Jordan and William Montgomery.  He has been writing and arranging since he was a teenager. During the ‘60s and ‘70s he was musical director of the most successful DC-based touring show band, Jimmy Eller and the Little People.  He has played with Zeniza, Melao, Peligro, Grupo Latino Continentál and other DC-area Latin bands over the last 15 years, and is a passionate student of classic Latin music styles and its history.  He has backed singers Gene Pitney, Lou Christie and Arthur Conley, and recently was on tour with the O Jays, Four Tops and Temptations.  Ted has shared the stage with Miles Davis, Ramsey Lewis, Roberta Flack, Brazilian pianist Tanya Maria, Oscar D’Leon, Willie Colon and Celia Cruz.  He is a prolific composer and arranger, and also teaches privately.

Rafael Alvarez, vocalist and percussionist.  Born in Brooklyn New York and raised in Puerto Rico. In his early days he loved to play drums, but after that his uncle gave him a conga drum, he was known in Levittown PR as "Rafy Conga"!  He has shared the stage with Gilberto Santa Rosa, Victor Manuel, Joe Arrollo, Jose Alberto El Canario, El Gran Combo, La Sonora Ponceña, Grupo Niche, Grupo Gale, Tito Nieves, Oscar D'Leon, Los Adolecentes, Celia Cruz, En Clave, NG2, Marc Anthony, Gloria Estefan, Tito Puente, etc.  He has had the honor of playing at festivals for Ednita Nasario, Monchi Alexandra, Limite 21, Adalberto Santiago among others.  Recently back from Puerto Rico, Rafy has played with numerous local bands, including The Zeniza All Stars, The DC Latin Jazz All Stars, Verny Varela y su Orquesta, La Orquesta Caribe, Orquesta Melao among others.  Rafy was founder of the group La Potencia, which won "Battle of the Latin Bands" in 1990.

Rafy Alvarez
Laura Sosa

Laura Sosa, vocalist.  Laura was born in Peru in l982, and has lived in the DC area since 2003.  During her childhood in Peru, she constantly breathed a musical atmosphere at home as well as in school.  But it was only during her adolescent life in Europe that she discovered new colors, cultures and rhythms.  Those took her on a journey of discovery into many types of music: bossa nova, jazz, Latin-jazz, as well as many Latin-American rhythms such as salsa, merengue, bachata, cumbia, cha cha chá as well as other types of ethnic music.  When Laura joined us in 2007, it quickly became apparent that her rich cultural and musical background and energy will make you dance, dream and transport you on a musical journey.  Her intoxicating energy deep desire to transcend new frontiers make her a great artist, always ready with new ideas and projects and great performances.

Dominique Patrick Noel (The Beatmaster), percussionist, and bandleader on stage.  Patrick was born in Paris, France.  He began playing with his dad Jerry Noel’s bands in high school in the 1980s.  In 1993, he joined the local band Telvis y su Grupo Fuego.  He left in 1998 to become co-leader of Pablo Antonio y La Firma.  He has played with a number of other DC-area Latin bands, such as Sin Miedo and Latin Sound. Patrick has backed up Legendary Salsa vocalist Lalo Rodriguez and the well known Merengue group Cana Brava.

Patrick Noel
Angel Maldonado

Angel Maldonado, percussionist.  Angel Maldonado was born in NYC in 1958 but soon thereafter moved to Puerto Rico where he was raised and attended school from n early age in the coastal town of Fajardo in the Eastern part of “La Isla del Encanto”.  From his young childhood, he learned how to play conga drums, bongos and minor percussion instruments by watching and interacting with the more elderly and seasoned rumberos who taught him how to play rhythms such as sepia, bomba, plena, and rumba abierta at street corners and other similar gatherings at school or the beach.  His passion for Tropical Latin music (Salsa) was further embedded in him by the great sounds of the orquestas that performed in his hometown or at other nearby towns recreational plazas during the festival seasons known as the Fiestas Patronales.  The sound of the great masters such as Willie Rosario, Bobby Valentin, Roberto Roena, Tommy Olivencia, Eddie Palmieri, Manny Oquendo y Conjunto Libre, Ray Barreto, Cortijo, Kako, Tito Puente, Luis “Perico” Ortiz and Van Van among many others, served as the bedrock for Angel’s Latin music deep admiration.

Rudy Ramón Morales, percussionist.  Rudy was born in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, of Puerto Rican and Dominican parents.  He grew up in the Mt. Pleasant section of Washington DC.  He studied and performed with Afro-Cuban musicologist Rene Lopez at American University and the late great pianist-composer and arranger Maria Rodriguez.  Rudy also studied and performed with Bata and Danzón Master Roberto Borrell. He has been in the Latin music scene in DC since the early 1980s, playing with Mambo Combo, Rumba Club, and Maria Rodriguez legendary DC charanga, and Paul Hawkins' La Jazz.  Rudy hashad the honor of sharing the Jazz and Latin stage with Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Ramsey Lewis, Tito Puente, Chocolate Armenteros, Daniel Santos, Frank Bello, La India, Andy Gonzalez, Patato Valdez and Julito Collazo at venues here, in New York, Miami Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.  His command of traditional Latin and Afro-Cuban rhythms makes him one of the most sought-after Latin percussionists in the area.

Rudy Morales
James Covington

James Covington, trumpeter.  James Covington is a multifaceted young trumpet player who is comfortable playing in many styles ranging from classical to jazz, salsa to contemporary. James is currently pursuing his Master of Music degree in Trumpet Performance at the University of Maryland studying with Chris Gekker and playing lead trumpet in the Jazz Ensemble directed by Chris Vadala. He completed a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Ithaca College in 2009, where he studied primarily with Frank Gabriel Campos and had additional studies with John Charles Thomas. While at Ithaca, James had the honor of sharing the stage with Walter White, Giacomo Gates, Rick Hirsch, Alex Meixner, Chris Persad, Bill Dobbins, and Michael Davis. He can be heard on The OXtet's self titled album "The OXtet".

Joseph Brotherton, trumpeter.  Joe hails from Tampa Bay, Florida.  He is a diverse musician, playing many genres, from classical to Latin to R&B and Jazz.  He has studied with Wynton Marsalis, Ingrid Jensen, Ron Blake, Tim Zimmerman and many more.  After a joining the Marine Corps Band, Joe moved to Washington and has rapidly become a well-respected trumpet player and teacher in the area.  His recent live recordings, performances and tours have been with the late DC master percussionist Ricky Loza, Warner Bros. recording artist Greg Karukas, salsa orquesta Proyecto Varela, Thad Wilson Jazz Orchestra, classic R&B band The Mustangs, currently tours with Touch Acoustra, and leads his own group, the Joe Brotherton Trio.  He has also appeared on radio, television and newspapers throughout Washington, D.C., New Orleans and Central America.

Joe Brotherton
Alvin Trask

Alvin Trask, trumpeter.  Alvin was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He began playing the trumpet at the age of nine.  He has a music degree from Louisiana State.  In 1989, he received his first major break with the Tony Kelley Royal Ambassador Big Band.  He has performed, toured, and recorded with the Howard University Jazz Ensemble and the Federal Focus Jazz Band. During his summer hiatus from graduate school, Trask studied and performed at the Thelonious Monk Institute and Jazz Festival in Dolo, Italy.  He has studied with Eddie Henderson, Fred Irby and Webster Young, and has additional training and professional development including work with the Stanford Jazz Workshop, Hartford University´s Advanced Placement Music Theory, the Eastman School of Music´s Jazz Arranging for Music Teachers, and the Essentially Ellington Band Director´s Workshop.  In the DC area, Alvin has been in the Latin scene since the 1990s. He is currently an Associate Professor of Music and Trumpet at Montgomery College, where he directs the Jazz Studies program.

Rick Lillard, trombonist.  Rick Lillard, freelance jazz trombonist and leader, was for 15 years the jazz trombone chair of the U.S. Air Force's legendary jazz ensemble, the Airmen of Note. "Retired", Rick is now performing to much wider audiences, often combining scat vocalise with his hallmark high-altitude playing.

Steve Shaw
Megan Nortrup

Megan Nortrup, saxophonist.  Originally from a jazz background, Megan Nortrup began playing salsa in 1997 with the band Adelante in Champaign, Illinois.  Her rich and robust tenor saxophone playing has complemented a wide variety of Washington groups since she relocated here in 2001.  Megan holds a bachelors of music from the University of Illinois and performs and teaches throughout the region.

Sergio Nuñez, saxophonist.  Sergio was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in Washington DC.  He started playing saxophone in his teens with local merengue and cumbia bands.  After graduating from the Bell Multicultural High School, Sergio studied Music Education at the University of the District of Columbia.  Sergio has played with many national and international artists - such as Motown Artists, including The Temptations, Four Tops, Martha Reeves and The Vandellas, The Marvelettes, the Contours (and the list goes on ...) and Salsa star Jerry Rivera.  He is one of several original members of La Leyenda, where his baritone sax has added an indispensible touch to the sound of the band.

Oliver Albertini
Clifton Brockington

Clifton Brockington, pianist.  Clifton is a native of Washington.  He is a graduate of Howard University, with a Bachelors degree in Music.  Playing trumpet as well as piano, he has accompanied such artists as Donnie Mc Klurkin, Fred Hammond, Andre Crouch, and Richard Smallwood.  In addition to performing in several major cities in the United States, Clifton has traveled to Japan, London, and to the Republic of Georgia playing jazz, gospel, and R&B.  He currently performs as a solo pianist and with several DC area groups, directs a gospel choir, and teaches at several area music studios and is Musical Director of the City Dance Ensemble.

OliverAlbertini, bassist.  Oliver hails from Miami, Florida.  He started playing Latin music there in his teens, and arrived in the DC area in 2001.  Attending Georgetown University, he completed a Bachelor of Science in Physics as well as Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art.  Throughout the DC area, Oliver has become known for performing with a variety of musical genre, ranging from jazz to gospel, classical to R&B, and of course salsa.  The newest member of La Leyenda, Oliver jumped right in and proved immediately that he could swing with the best of them and provide the critical tumbao foundation for the rhythm section. 

Oliver Albertini