Conga dynamo Henry Brun, “Mr. Ritmo” to his fans, is hailed as one of the most talented and hardest working professional musicians and band leaders in the Southwestern U.S. Born in the Bronx, New York, Henry first played congas at age seven. In 1974, he performed his first professional engagement in Puerto Rico.
Brun has performed on more than 865 recordings, including numerous Grammy-winning and gold / platinum-award winning albums.
In 1989, Henry Brun formed The Latin Playerz, a popular group noted for its blend of Latin, Rhythm and Blues, Swing and straight-ahead Jazz.
The Latin Playerz are three-time winners of Univision’s annual “Latin Jazz Band of the Year” Premios a La Música Latina. The Playerz’ album Rhythms and Reeds… A Tribute to the Master Duke Ellington was named one of the top Latin Jazz releases of 2009. New York’s The Latin Jazz Corner nominated Henry Brun as one of the best Latin Jazz percussionists of 2010 and named his arrangement of “Upper Manhattan Medical Group” one of the best Latin Jazz arrangements of 2010.
Brun’s professional discipline and dedication to musical excellence has earned him the opportunity to tour and record with such artists as Arturo Sandoval, Justo Almario, Nestor Torres, Charo, Los Lobos, Texas Tornados, Little Joe y La Familia and Los Super Seven. Brun is a committed and active educator and clinician.
His weekly radio show, The Latin Jazz Brunch with Henry Brun, Sunday mornings from 11:00 am to 2:00