Angel Roman (Bassist/Composer) grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He studied music at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, and continued his education at Berkeley College of Music.
Straight out of high school, Angel was asked to be a member of one of Wisconsin's best recognized Latin Jazz group named La Chazz. Shortly before leaving to Boston, La Chazz got the distinct honor of performing with the Milwaukee Symphony. During his time in Boston, Mr. Roman performed with, and became friends with Pianist Danilo Perez, Saxophonist Tommy Smith and played for Grammy nominated Salsa band, Caribbean Express.
After leaving Boston, Angel migrated to Florida, and began doing studio work for Grammy-winning/Emmy-nominated music producer/composer Joel Somellain. Mr. Roman was also a first-call side man for visiting artist's from Puerto Rico and South America who came to the U.S.A., artist such as Johnny Rivera, Hector Tricoche, Nelson Ned and master percussionist Giovanni Hidalgo. Shortly before Mr. Roman relocated to Nashville, he was called to do a brief tour with the legendary Col. Bruce Hampton.
While visiting Nashville, Angel was offered an opportunity to become a member of a very popular band named, Henry & The Sea Hawks. The band was contracted to be the house band for a new entertainment venue called The Tin Roof. The Tin Roof was the destination place for many artist, actors, and sports figures. Here is a sort list of celebrities that joined us on stage; Raul Malo (Mavericks), actor Billy Bob Thornton (Drummer), Singer Deana Carter, Bon Jovi, John Popper (Blue's Travelers), Troy Gentry (Mongomery Gentry), Gretchen Wilson, Kellie Pickler, Mark Chestnut, Jo Dan and Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flats, Toby Keith, as well as Nick Carter of Backstreet Boys.
Apart from his weekend duties as house band, Mr. Roman also performed with Country singer Lari White, Denver and the Mile High Orchestra from the 2009 TV show The Next Great American Band, did studio work for Stan Lynch (Tom Petty), Andrew Copeland (Sister Hazel), Producer David Malloy (Kenny Rogers), Songwriter Tim Johnson (cuts with Diamond Rio), Grammy Award winner Robert Battaglia (Bela Fleck), Songwriter Steve Mandel (cuts for Tim McGraw), and Songwriter Randy Boudreaux (cuts for Joe Nichols).
Currently living in Austin Texas, Angel performs in a variety of live musical settings, and is active with various studio projects. His primary focus at the moment is his band, Mambo Blue, which gives him a vehicle to experiment and cultivate his compositional skills. At the moment, Angel & Mambo Blue can be seen in the Austin and surrounding areas performing and promoting the release of his 3rd Cd, titled "Finally Here".
Aaron Lack has shared the concert stage with jazz greats such as Benny Green, Roy Haynes, Chuck Israels, Alex Acuna, David Friedman, David Samuels, and Andy Narrell as well as James Brown drumming legends Jabo Starks, and Clyde Stubblefield.
Andre Hayward is an extremely gifted trombonist with the sound and clarity reminiscent of the late J.J. Johnson. His gospel-tinged approach is refreshing and will warm the hearts of anyone he comes in contact with.
Andy Smith has studied drum-set and Afro-Cuban Music with Michael Spiro, Lalo Davila, Ed Uribe, Victor Mendoza, Ian Froman, and Alan Hall. He also traveled to Ghana, West Africa where he studied West African drumming and dance with Paschal Younge, Johnson Kemeh, and others. He studied gyil and West African drumming and dance with Bernard Woma in the United States.
Carmelo Torres is a conguero, percussionist, session musician, producer and song writer working and recording in Austin Texas as well as Los Angeles California.
Chris Villanueva is the most in demand pianist in San Antonio as well as Austin Texas.
Felipe Borrero is a Grammy recipient that has performed with such notables as Ruben Ramos, Alfonso Ramos, Little Joe, Augustine Ramirez, Joe Bravo, W.C. Clark, Luis Shati, and Sam Irwin.
Paul Deemer graduated with a Masters degree in Studio Music and Jazz from the Frost School of Music in Miami, Florida, Paul moved to Austin, Texas and has quickly become one of the city's first call trombonists.
Paul Deemer also started his educational career this past fall of 2014 as Professor/Lecturer of Jazz Trombone at Texas State University.
Pete Rodriguez Trumpeter, vocalist, percussionist and composer Pete Rodriguez has played with some of the best musicians in the world, including many of Latin music's luminaries, such as Celia Cruz, Johnny Pacheco, La India and Tito Puente, including singing on Puente's Grammy and Latin Grammy winning album, Mambo Birdland. Pete is the son of Pete "El Conde" Rodriguez, a music legend in the Latin music world who gave "Lil' Pete" the responsibility of directing his 12-piece orchestra while also playing the trumpet and singing.
Dr. Russell Haight is an Assistant Professor of Jazz and Saxophone at Texas State University. Dr. Haight has performed throughout the U.S., Canada, South America, and China, sharing the stage with such luminaries as Bobby Shew, Vincent Herring, Shelly Berg, Tim Hagans, Carmen Bradford, Andre Mehmari, Andre Hayward, Taylor Hicks, Rufus Reid, and George Duke.