Announcing Henry Brun and the Latin Playerz ft. Judi Deleón for the 7th Annual Paella Challenge

We're proud to announce that Henry Brun and the Latin Playerz featuring Judi Deleón will be joining us for this year's Paella Challenge. Be prepared to be entertained by this Grammy-winning group!

About Henry Brun

Conga dynamo Henry Brun, “Mr. Ritmo” to his fans, is hailed as one of the most talented and hardest working professional musicians and band leaders in the Southwestern U.S. His motto, appropriately, is “Work hard, play hard, and always find joy in what you are doing.” Born in the Bronx, New York, Henry first played congas at age seven. At the age of 8, his family moved to Puerto Rico where Henry began studies at the Juan Morel Campos Escuela Libre De Música in Ponce. In 1974, he performed his first professional engagement with the popular Latin pop group, Danny Cruz. Brun continued studies under pianist-composer Eduardo Flores Mattei. Henry’s expertise includes congas, bongos, timbales and the ethnic percussion instruments of Africa, Brazil and the Middle East. Brun has performed on more than 737 recordings, including numerous Grammy-winning and gold/platinum-award winning albums. He performed at BET Network’s Jazz Central, Televisa’s Raza de Campeones and in the BBC documentary Texas Saturday Night. In 1989, Henry Brun formed The Latin Playerz, a popular group noted for its blend of Latin, Rhythm and Blues, Swing and straight-ahead Jazz. The Latin Playerz easily adapts to a variety of performing venues without compromising its high artistic and musical standards. The group regularly performs throughout the U.S. and abroad, including Cuba’s Festival Internacional Del Caribe, the Heineken Jazz Festival in Puerto Rico, Festival International De Jazz in Mexico, the Houston International Jazz Festival, Jazz a Vienne in France, Montreaux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, Taichung International Jazz Festival and Kaohsiung Zuoying Wannian Folklore Festival of Taiwan. The Latin Playerz are three-time winners of Univision’s annual “Latin Jazz Band of the Year” Premios a La Música Latina. The Playerz’ album Rhythms and Reeds… A Tribute to the Master Duke Ellington was named one of the top Latin Jazz releases of 2009. New York’s The Latin Jazz Corner nominated Henry Brun as one of the best Latin Jazz percussionists of 2010 and named his arrangement of “Upper Manhattan Medical Group” one of the best Latin Jazz arrangements of 2010. Brun’s professional discipline and dedication to musical excellence has earned him the opportunity to tour and record with such artists as Arturo Sandoval, Justo Almario, Charo, Los Lobos, Texas Tornados, Little Joe y La Familia and Los Super Seven. Brun is a committed and active educator and clinician.

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