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By

EILEEN TORRES

 

Los Hermanos Moreno began their professional trek into the world of Salsa in 1989. Brothers Nelson and William of Hoboken, New Jersey co-founded the group. Relatively few New Jersey-based orchestras have achieved the success that Los Hermanos Moreno have to their credit.

Los Hermanos Moreno are the essence of "aggressive Salsa". With a number of major hits on the Latin charts during the 90s, the Moreno Brothers are favorites among serious Salseros. The group has a constant presence in the New York club scene. They have also established an impressive worldwide reputation touring the US, the Americas, Europe and Japan.

Musical director, Nelson Moreno is responsible for the new direction the band has taken. Nelson is the force behind the sophisticated orchestration. He has blended their hard-driving style with more sensual lyrics. The execution is classic Moreno with an unbeatable swing powered by a powerful horn section. Nelson, a master showman, sings, plays trombone and takes some incredible solos.

The orchestra is the consummate show band. The front line consists of three vocalists who alternate as the lead. They emit melodic harmonies and showcase energetic choreographies. There is something special about Los Hermanos Moreno. They excite people and inspire audiences to take to their feet and dance. Nelson and the other brass men have been known to leave their perches on stage and continue playing, interspersed among the dancing audience.

About a year ago, William Moreno made the decision to leave the band. The name however remains the same. A business decision was made to keep the name in tact due to the recognition and reputation already established.

Los Hermanos Moreno recently released a new CD entitled "Una Miradita". It contains eight very danceable tunes that are sure to please. Keko Hernandez played a major role in its production. He arranged seven of the eight numbers, was responsible for the musical production, and played both trumpet and flugelhorn on the recording.

Los Hermanos Moreno, once bestowed with the prestigious title "La Mejor Orchesta Internacional" during a festival in Cali, Colombia will be appearing at Zanzibar on the Waterfront on Wednesday, November 24, 1999. Zanzibar is located at 700 Water Street, SW; in Washington, DC, (202) 554-9100. Tickets are $20.00 in advance and $25.00 at the door

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