Leslie Lopez Salseros de Amsterdam @ Amsterdam
Leslie Lopez- Electric bass, Ampeg Baby bass, arranger, composer, teacher. Born In Puerto Rico (1958) and moved to New York at age 17. In New York he studied music at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. There he played with many local bands some are: Sonora Borinquen, Evolution 2000, and with several other salsa artists as a freelance bassist during 5 years.
He has lived in Holland since 1981, where he studied at the Hilversum`s Conservatory of music and later graduated at the Rotterdams Conservatory of music where the subject of his final paper was so original that got him a Cum Laude and enough material to write a book on that subject. Some of his students are now teachers at conservatories throughout Europe.
He has given salsa work-shops throughout Holland and Europe.
At the conservatories of Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Utrecht, Arnhem, Hilversum, In Belgium, Finland, France, and private.
He has played/toured with most serious salsa/Latin-jazz groups in Europe some are: Conexion Latina, Nueva Manteca, Rumbata, Orlando Watusi, Alfredo Rodriguez with Orlando Poleo, Roberto Pla, Jesus Alimany and Allan Hoist, Sonora Caracas, Ritmica `93, Cubop City Big Band, and The New Cool Collective.
Has played and shared the stage with artists such as Rosa King, Fleurine Verlope, Nippy Noya, Nicky Marrero, Bobby Sanabria, Humprey Campbell, Denise Janna, Ben Herman, , John Marshall, Alfredo "Chocolate" Almenteros, Claudio Roditi, Rebeca Mauleon, Edy Martinez, Luis Conte, Gerardo Rosales, Larry Harlow, Monguito El Unico, Yolanda Rivera, Meñique, Teddy Mullet, Roy Hardgrove, Bobby Reverón, and others.
He has recorded with many groups in Europe and some are: BESS, Enos, 110, Conexion Latina, Ruben Salas, John Marshall, Akede, Rumbata, Cubop City Big Band, Nueva Manteca, New Cool Collective, Gerardo Rosales, A lot of free-lance work, and his own CD Bomba Moderna has placed his name in the European composer/arranger map.
He is also very active freelancing as bassist, teacher, arranger, musical consultant, workshop leader, and producer. He also plays Afro caribbean percussion, and coaches vocalists. Everybody that plays salsa in Europe knows Leslie Lopez. Besides salsa music, Leslie has performed with Jazz, Rhythm & Blues, Brasilian, Pop, African, Funk, Jazz dance, and Boogaloo formations.
He has played in important Jazz festivals throughout the world and some were at: Canada, (Montreal, Toronto) Colombia, (Feria de Cali) Trinidad, Curacao, St. Martin, United States(Washington D.C., New York City, Los Angeles, Hollywood, San Francisco), In Europe he has performed in festivals and clubs througout: Holland, (North Sea Jazz Festival) France, Belgium, England,(Womad) Germany, Finland, Greece, Italy, Denmark, Switzerland, South Africa, Israel, and Austria.
He has presented his CD "Bomba Moderna" with original rhythms and compositions. And has played Festivals in Europe with his group. At this moment Leslie López is busy with new projects including his second CD.
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