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Who is Cuban Conga Man?

   Roberto Luis Sanchez (A.K.A. Cuban Conga Man) is a Cuban-born percussionist currently based out of Chattanooga, Tennessee, and specializing in Latin Percussion Instruments, including conga drums, timbales and assortment of Cuban and Brazilian toys!  Roberto's tasty approach to music has been rewarded by being able to play with some of the best Latin Jazz and Jazz bands that have included amazing musicians/pianists such as Jorge Dalto (George Benson/Tito Puente), Manfredo Fest (Concord Picante recording artist/Sergio Mendes’ Bossa Rio band), Breno Sauer (Made in Brasil), Dale Powers (Sister Sledge); and Howard Levy (Bela Fleck and Flecktones). As an original member of the Chevere Percussion Ensemble (now called Chevere de Chicago), he and three other fellow percussionists (Alejo Poveda, Adam Rudolph, and Geraldo de Oliveira) founded an avant-garde musical ensemble based on an infusion of African, Afro-Cuban and Afro-Brazilian rhythms with Jazz that has made the resulting band (Chevere de Chicago) a household name in the Chicago land area for over forty years.   Roberto is a member of the Tri-state Musicians' Union Chapter (Chattanooga, TN) of the American Federation of Musicians.  

Chevere at Chicago Fest's Jazz Stage

Besides Cuban Conga Man, the band included Jazz great pianist Manfredo Fest, Keyboardist Dale Powers and Howard Levy, Bassist Thomas Kini, Drummer Alejo Poveda, Saxophonist Steve Eisen, Guitarist Ernie Denov, Percussionists Geraldo de Oliveira, and vocalist Bonnie Eisle.

Made In Brasil

The band  "Made in Brasil" was composed of the beloved Breno Sauer (Leader/piano); Neusa Teresa Sauer (Vocals); Ron Dewar (Sax); Akio Sasajima (Guitar); Phil Grateau (Drums); Paulinho Garcia (Bass//Vocals); and Roberto Luis Sanchez (Cuban Conga Man) on Congas, timbales, and assorted Latin-American percussion instruments.