The "Loco Crew"
Formed in 2001, Mambo Loco has become synonymous with the classic music of Afro-Cuban and Puerto Rican origin. For close to twenty years Larry, Bill, Cristian, and Wayne have been bringing the best of "Old School" Latin and Latin Jazz music to the Long Island, NY area. Lead vocal and percussionist Larry Belford has been performing since he was a child growing up on New York's Long Island. As an adult he has performed in or with many of the best Latin groups in NY including the Bad Street Boys, Charlie Rodriguez, Johnny Pacheco, Roberto Torres and Celia Cruz. His fiery playing and vocals are the focal point of the band. A founding member and highly regarded in the top NYC Latin circuit, conguero, percussionist and vocalist Cristian Rivera has over the past years performed and toured with Frankie Morales, Tito Puente, Nestor Torres and Willie Colon just to name a few. Bill Smith, piano and vocals, brings to each performance a varied palate of musical styles. After obtaining his degree at Berklee College of Music, he has over the years been a member or performed with the Skatilites, Monty Alexander, Dr. John and Bakithi Kumalo. Wayne Burgess, bass & vocals, also a Berklee alumnus, anchors the group with many years of live performance experience, arranging and record production. From coast to coast he has performed with Orquesta Opa Opa , Johnny Martinez Orquesta, The Drifters, The Coasters and Billy Ekstine. We'd also like to add thanks to current trumpeter Steve Gluzband of Ray Barretto fame, saxophone and flautist Mike Sagarese and trombonist Jose Rivera for contributing so much to the sound of the group. And finally a shoutout to our retired trombone and violinist Alfredo Gonzalez as his talent, energy and contributions are sorely missed!