Manny Cepeda Orchestra

Manny Cepeda: Percussion | Erik Dewhirst: Trombone | Derek Cannon: Trumpet | Chris Kjonnas: Trombone | Henry Jimenez: Percussion | Andy Fraguela: Percussion, Vocals | Aiko Shimoi: Vocals | Armando Silva: Trumpet

Genre: Latin | Tejano

Sound description: The band specializes in music from the Caribbean, Salsa, Merengüe, and Cuban music.

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Inception: San Diego, 2004

Influences: Fania Allstars, Eddie Palmieri, Willie Colon with Hector LaVoe, Larry Harlow, El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico, Cortijo y su Combo with Ismael Rivera, Carl Tjader, Tito Puente, Marc Anthony, Tito Nieves, Tony Vega, La India, Johnny Pacheco


Based in Little Italy, Manny Cepeda Orchestra was formed in April 2004. Its main purpose was to bring Cepeda’s original Salsa and Merengüe selections as well as current classic Salsa/Merengüe and Cuban music style to Mexican as well as American audiences throughout the greater San Diego area.

An album called Padre Querido was released in 2008, while Roots/Raices came out in 2014.



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