The traditional roots of Salsa are explored through the music of Cuban group, Dan Den. Led by pianist, Juan Carlos Alfonso, a former member of Conjunto Colonial, the Beny More Orchestras and Orquestra Reve, the band adds an emphasis on trombones to Cuba's piano tradition. A product of the Alejandro Garcia Cultura Music School, Alfonso began studying piano at the age of seven. Initially attracted to contemporary rock and pop music, his interests in Latin rhythms continued to grow. Making his professional debut with the Conjunto Colonial, at the age of seventeen, Alfonso went on to become the arranger and composer for Orquestra Reve in the 1980s. With the formation of Dan Den, in 1988, he assumed leadership of his own band.
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