Sammy DeLeon & Jackie Warren Latin Jazz Septet

Public Event:  Hosted by Underground Classical

Concert series highlighting genre-bending performances in an artistically unique setting.

May 19 Friday at 8 PM – 10 PM at Praxis

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Sammy DeLeon is a well-recognized fixture in the Ohio Latin jazz scene and has gained popularity for his danceable groove-oriented music in the styles of Latin jazz, salsa, and merengue.

DeLeon’s performance credits include performances with El Gran Combo, Tito Rojas, and Tony Vega. DeLeon has performed in New York, Chicago, Miami, and San Juan, Puerto Rico, as well as locally, and has opened for Tito Puente, whose praise he earned. He also fronts his own orchestra which features four vocalists, a trumpeter, saxophonist, pianist, bassist, and three percussion players.

The Sammy DeLeon Latin Jazz Septet features Sammy DeLeon (timbales & vocals), Jackie Warren (piano), Nelson Orta (percussion), Cheito Hernandez (bass), Joe Miller (trumpet), Tom First (saxophone) and Mark Mauldin (trombone).

A graduate of Oberlin Conservatory, Jackie Warren performs regularly as a soloist, and has her own jazz trio, which includes bassist Peter Dominguez and drummer Ron Godale.  In addition to these groups, Jackie has performed locally and nationally with such artists and groups as David Fathead Newman, Benny Bailey, Clark Terry, Frank Morgan, Bobby Watson, Frank Foster, Jane Bunnett and the Spirits of Havana, Los Munequitos de Matanzas, Othello Molineaux, Donald Harrison, Gerald Wilson, Jimmy Heath, Impacto Nuevo, Humberto Ramirez, Cano Estremera, Tommy Olivencia, Tony Vega, Tito Rojas, Tito Puente, Jr., Hector Tricoche, Percy Sledge, King Solomon, the Tuscarawas Philharmonic, the Jazz Heritage Orchestra, the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, and the Afro Cleveland Orchestra.

Jackie can be heard regularly at such local venues as The Velvet Tango Room, Nighttown, and Belinda’s Nightclub, and also on numerous recordings, including Near You and Live at the Wi-Fi Cafe under her own name, Steppin’ Out (Jazz Heritage Orchestra), Salsa con Saborâ (Sammy Deleon y suorquesta), Midwest Coast and Into the Night (Josh Rzepka.) Jackie is also an educator and clinician, and has taught jazz arranging and composition and coached jazz combos at Oberlin; she is currently on the Jazz Studies Faculty at Cuyahoga Community College, Metro Campus, and at the Cleveland Music School Settlement.