Our members are all seasoned players who have been selected for their experience playing latin jazz, latin rock, salsa and jazz.
EDUARDO CORZO – keyboard was born in "el Vedado", neighborhood of Havana City, Cuba, and began his musical study with his father, a violinist of the Cuban National Symphony. He received his formal education at Ignacio Cervantes Conservatorio where he graduated as clarinetist. He has performed in Cuba, Mexico, Latin America and the US with a diverse group artists playing various musical styles. His experience includes playing Lila Downs, Nobuyo Uagy, Gil Gutierrez, Papo Santiago & Infraverde, Azukar, Bandoleros, Hector Silviera Orchestra, and numerous others. Today, in San Francisco Bay Area, Eduardo is a freelance performer with local and foreign bands, as well as soloist with original material, and continuing his work as a composer, arranger, music producer and teacher.
GERRY EISELMAN – Cuban tres & guitar grew up in the Bay Area and his musical education started at home listening to his parents’ Big Band 78s. He started playing trumpet in 4th grade, getting ear training listening to Chet Baker and Dizzie Gillespie. He got bit by the guitar bug in the early 60s and never looked back. A trip to Cuba provided the inspiration to study Tres, and soon he started playing in his family band, Park Way Son. His career as a Manager provided the experience to co-found and manage Nuevo Mundo.
SARA JULIAN – trombone an award winning performer has been playing trombone for over 30 years. A two time Jazz Studies graduate of the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, Sara has recorded with Zoe Lewis and Andrea Wirth, with whom she was a 2010 Indianapolis Lilith Fair Competition finalist; and has appeared locally with the Latin music group Azúcar Con Aché, City College of San Francisco Big Band, City Swing, Chops Big Band and What's Up Big Band.
SUE MATTHEWS – congas has studied Afro-Cuban folklore and popular music with many great percussionists in the Bay Area, at Escuela Nacional de Arte in Havana, and around Cuba. She formerly played bongo, conga, and sung coros with Quimbombó, Abanico, Otro Mundo, and Carloyn Brandy’s Ojajá. Also a visual artist, you will find her paintings on websites, CD covers, and book covers. Her website is www.SusanMathewsGallery.com. Sue teaches Drawing and Painting at College of San Mateo.
ROBERTO MEDINA – bongo has been playing music in the Bay Area for the past 20 years. Originally from Gary, Indiana he has lived in the Bay Area for over forty years, most of it in San Francisco's Mission District. Here he was influenced by his close friends and Bay Area greats Louis Romero, John Calloway, Greg Landau and Ito Carrillo. Presently he resides in Oakland where he works as a registered nurse at Highland Hospital. Recent other musical projects are Survival Groove Latin Jazz and Johnny Boyd Swing Band, 2012 West Coast Tour and 2013 Southwest and East Coast Tours.
ISMAEL (IZZY) RODRIGUEZ – sonero – lead singer – hand percussion was co-founding member of San Fransisco's Orquesta Batachanga.. Recorded, sang coro, and played percussion with various latin bands in the Bay Area. Studied and performed Afro-Cuban music under the direction of Bay Area's own music artist/legend, ethno-musicologist, and band leader, John Santos. Currently devotes his non-gigging and music rehearsal time, making Afro-Cuban hand percussion musical instruments.
SYLVIA SHERMAN – bass is an alumnus of community arts workshops at La Peña Cultural Center and Mission Cultural Center, with a focus on Cuban music, including opportunities to participate in clinics with master Cuban artists such as Los Muñequitos de Matanzas, Anga Diaz, and Changuito. She has performed on percussion with various bands including Dulce Mambo and La Familia Son and currently plays bass with Survival Groove Latin Jazz and Nuevo Mundo. Sylvia is Program Director at the SF Community Music Center, dedicated to making music accessible to people of all ages.
NZINGAH SMITH – woodwinds has been playing music all of her life. She studied jazz at the Creative Music Studio in Woodstock and Billie Taylor’s Jazzmobile under the tutelage of Frank Foster, Frank Wess, and Bill Baron. She received a music performance degree from Rutgers University. Nzingah is fluent in a number of musical idioms from Classical to Jazz and from Blues to Salsa. She has performed with the Blues and Funk legend Johnny Tolbert and de Thangs, with the Symphony of the Redwoods and the Mendocino Music Festival Orchestra and with several Bay Area Salsa and Latin Jazz bands. She is a founding member of Azúcar Con Aché and frequently appears as a guest artist with the Junius Cortney Big Band. Nzingah is a dedicated educator and teaches music to children in several Bay Area schools.