Sons of Legends (“S.O.L.”) is a new Latin Jazz band composed of the sons of some of Latin Jazz’s greatest musicians. The band is led by Phoenix Rivera, one of the top drummers on the New York jazz scene and son of the immortal Mario Rivera, the great Dominican saxophonist. Tito Puente, Jr., plays timbales, son of the legendary Tito Puente (“El Rey”), who led his orchestra on the same instrument and the vibes for half a century. Miles Dalto learned to play his piano at the feet of his father, the great Jorge Dalto.
Orlando Marin, Jr., plays bass, and is the son of the great timbalist Orlando Marin, “The Last Mambo King”, and the only one of New York’s golden era of mambo who still performs regularly. On percussion is Jose Mangual III, grandson of “Buyú”, possibly the greatest bongo player ever. Also on percussion is Ismael “Bongo” Bruno, godson of the great conguero Carlos “Patato” Valdés, and who played with David Johanssen in the ‘80’s and Buster Poindexter in the ‘90’s. Dioris Rivera on saxes is the brother of Mario Rivera and Phoenix’s uncle, and played with Mario Bauza and Tito Puente, Sr. Rounding out the band is the only musical “orphan”, José Davila on trombone, who was a key player with the Chico O’Ferrill Orchestra.