“This Group smokes, sizzles and burns all at once!” Andy Harlow 88.9 FM Miami.
Aguabella is composed of 7 Stellar musicians, 5 of whom are veterans of The Francisco Aguabella Latin Jazz Band. Benn Clatworthy, Tenor, Soprano Saxes & Flute, Joey Sellers, Trombone, Bryan Velasco, Piano, Brian J Wright, Acoustic Bass and Jorge Carbonell, Drums were regulars in Francisco’s band.
They are joined by Ron Stout, Trumpet and Christian Moraga, Congas.
“The band Aguabella takes a progressive approach to Latin Jazz with their CD Nuestra Era. From Kandahar to the title track, Nuestra Era (Our Time), all take Latin Jazz in the right direction. Thank you for keeping Francisco Aguabella’s music alive.”- Poncho Sanchez.
“I like it very much! It’s fresh, but reminds me of the music I grew up with…Very good!!!”- Airto Moreira.
Aguabella has performed for appreciative audiences at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museum of Latin America Art, Yorba Buena Gardens Festival, The Ford Theater, The Autry, Typhoon Restaurant at Santa Monica Airport and on a monthly basis at Steamer’s Jazz Club in Fullerton for the past 14 years. Their 2011 CD, Nuestra Era, has received critical acclaim and international airplay. Aguabella’s new CD, Baker-Gateway To Death Valley will be celebrated at a CD Release Party September 29, 2012 at Steamer’s. Upcoming performances include a concert, Oct. 1st, Saddleback College and Spaghettini, Oct. 26th.
The Aguabella Band’s CD, Nuestra Era, is enjoying international airplay and critical acclaim. Raul da Gama of Latin Jazz Network calls Nuestra Era “a masterpiece. Johnny Jazz (aka Johnny Gilbert) gives Nuestra Era “5 Stars. To quote Andy Harlow (89.1 FM Miami), “This Group smokes, sizzles and burns all at once!” We know you will agree!
Baker-Gateway To Death Valley, the second CD for Aguabella, was released on September 29, 2012 and is also enjoying international airplay.
Benn Clatworthy (Tenor, Soprano Saxes & Flute) now leads The Aguabella Band and has been a fixture on the Jazz scene since 1980 when he arrived from England. He has played with Cedar Walton, John Beasley, The LA Philharmonic Orchestra and countless others.
Ron Stout (Trumpet) has been a working member of the Musician’s Union since the age of 15. He was recorded and/or performed with Jose Feliciano, Arturo Sandoval, Poncho Sanchez and numerous Motown greats.
Joey Sellers (Trombone) hails from Arizona is an accomplished musician, composer and arranger. He has written compositions for Doc Severinsen, The Lincoln Center Orchestra and is the recipient of The Gil Evans Fellowship In Jazz Composition and Tommy Nestico awards. He is Director of Jazz Studies at Saddleback College, Mission Viejo, CA. Sellers has performed with such notable artists as The Lew Tabackin Orchestra, Kim Richmond, Joe Labarbara and numerous others.
Bryan Velasco (Piano) began his career touring with Celia Cruz when just 16 years old. Bryan is known as a fearless player who often employing pizzicato technique to the piano strings, while remaining thoughtful of each note played the perfect riff within the perfect time and place. Bryan’s professional credits also include performing with Jose Feliciano, Sheila E, Airto Moreira, Los Lobos and others.
Brian J Wright (Bass) was privileged to play with Maestro Aguabella the last 5 years of his life. Brian has played with Llew Matthews (MD Nancy Wilson & pianist), Kotolan, Dry Martini, The Rat Pack Review and others. He has performed at The Dorothy Chandler, Museum of Latin American Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, and UCLA. He enjoys first call status with many Jazz/Latin and Salsa bands.
Christian Moraga (Congas) brings his spicy Chilean roots to The Aguabella Band permeating perfectly with the Band’s Afro Cuban Latin Jazz flavors. He has performed with The Banda Brothers, Oskar Cartaya, Oscar Hernandez, Nestor Torres, Jimmy Bosh and some others.
Jorge Carbonell (Drums) is a native of Havana, Cuba. He is a 10 year veteran of The Aguabella Band having toured and recorded with Maestro Aguabella. His solos always elicit loud bursts of applause from the audience. Jorge has performed with Joey De Leon, Tito Puente, Frank Cano and many others.
Brian J Wright