The Latin Crew
The Latin Crew has performed at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Columbus Latino Festival, nightclubs and many other venues and is considered one of the region’s premier salsa bands. The Latin Crew was founded in 1999 by Noël Quintana, also known as “Mr. Conga,” a Cleveland-based Puerto Rican percussionist, band leader and researcher. Born in New York City, Quintana grew up surrounded by Afro-Caribbean music. He attended the Harbor Conservatory for the Performing Arts in the Museo del Barrio where he studied Afro-Cuban and Afro-Puerto Rican styles as well as contemporary urban salsa. He has participated in the late pianist Roberto Ocasio’s Latin Jazz Project and in Grupo Fuego and has performed with Latin music’s giants Tito Puente, Johnny Almendra y Los Jóvenes del Barrio, Luís Romero y Mazacote, Richie Ray, Pedro Jesús, Anthony Cruz, Andy Montañez, and Tommy Olivencia, among others.