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Hilary Noble

Hilary Noble is woodwind player, Afro-Latin percussionist, composer and music educator living in the Boston area. He has performed all over the U.S, Europe, and in Puerto Rico. His music has been played on radio stations internationally and featured prominently on local programs such as WGBH’s “Eric in the Evening”, on which he has performed live with his band Enclave. In 2008 Enclave received a grant from Chamber Music America to compose an Afro-Cuban jazz suite: the resulting work was premiered live on WGBH and at the Jazz Gallery in New York City. Artists Hilary Noble has played and recorded with include Bobby Sanabria’s Ascención, Esperanza Spalding, John Santos, Ray Vega, Chris Washburne, Charles Neville, Bo Diddley, Eric Krasno, Entrain, Max Creek, Bob Moses, Robin Kenyatta, Clifford Thornton, and Alvin Queen.


Roberto Velez

I am a Latin percussionist specialty congas styles include, Afro-Cuban, Salsa, Latin Jazz, Big Band which requires Latin percussive styles. Instruments congas, bongos, Timbales, Afro Cuban Bata style, Brazilian percussive pandeiro,casaba, and other minor instruments. Since my background Puerto Rican I also play Bomba, Plena Folkloric styles. Have pounding the skins since early sixties have played NYC seen,and local tri-state areas. I moved to Pennsylvania in late 80's. Still performing my latest endeavor was recording with Rich Hirsch and the Big Ol' Band on Pocono Git -Down CD.


Vincent Heckard

VINCENT HECKARD is a percussionist and drummer specializing in World and Latin Percussion. For more than 20 years, Vincent has brought his flare and exuberance to performances and recordings with distinguished bands, entertainment companies, and solo artists. His wide-ranging musical experience includes forays into Brazilian and second line music, as well as jazz, funk, pop, bluegrass, West African, and hip hop styles. Vincent was trained by Master Percussionist Ron Powell and instructed by Jose Luis "Changuito" Quintana, Jesus Diaz, Michael Spiro, Robertito Melendez, Troy Parker, and the late Malonga Casquelourd. Over the past few years, Vincent has recorded with rising stars 8th Day on their album Hooleh, Grammy-nominee Kelly Chapman, Los Angeles jazz ensemble Nostatic Trio, and several other respected players in the Los Angeles area

Hamid Cooper

Born Hamid Mottaghinejad in 1959 in Tehran, Iran, Hamid discovered a love for Jazz at an early age by listening to his father’s collection of Afro-Cuban inspired Jazz records. As a teen, Hamid was taught to play the drums (Persian and Congas) by his father, an accomplished percussionist. In his early twenties he moved to Denmark, Scandinavia where he continued exploration of the arts. A gifted artist, Hamid’s insightful paintings, sold in prominent galleries throughout Denmark. He also attended the Occupational University Copenhagen and studied Kinesiology and Physical Therapy. In 1998 Hamid relocated to the U.S


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