Douglas Little - Director/Saxophone/Flute
Zacc Harris – Guitar
professional violinist. Viviana received her schooling at Cuba’s top music conservatories. In the midst of her college studies at the National Institute of Arts in Havana, Viviana was invited to join the band of salsa super star, Albita Rodriguez. Touring several months a year with Albita, Viviana performed in nearly every country in the western hemisphere as well as throughout Europe and parts of Asia. The group recorded several CDs including three that were nominated for Latin Grammys. Viviana has also recorded with Celia Cruz, Gloria Estesfan, and many other major Latin music artists.
After leaving Cuba in the early 1990’s Viviana eventually relocated to Miami, where she was named “Best Female Vocalist” and “Best Pianist” by The Miami Herald. In 2002 Viviana left Albita’s group which by then was also based in Miami. In 2004 Viviana moved to Minnesota. Arriving in the Twin Cities she quickly established herself a powerful force on the Latin and Latin jazz music scene with her warm vocals and her amazing piano skills. Locally she has performed with many groups including Sabor Tropical, Zafiro, Zafra, Seven Steps To Havana, Charanga Tropical, Salsa del Soul, Salsabrosa, and others.
Kevin Washington – Drums
Kevin Washington was born in 1975 in Detroit, Michigan to musicians and music scholars Donald and Faye Washington. His musical career began at the age of five with his first performances at the Detroit jazz festival. At 12 Kevin moved to Minneapolis and for college he moved on to New York City to study jazz at the New School. While in New York, Kevin taught rhythm section fundamentals at the Harlem School of the Arts. Kevin’s talents as a drummer and composer have made him a favorite among musicians and students. He has performed with John Coletrane’s last bass player, Reggie Workman, and in Minnesota is best known as the drummer for Cuban pianist virtuoso Nachito Herrera. As a teacher Kevin has helped trained hundreds of young drummers in both New York City and the Twin Cities. He is currently on faculty at McNally-Smith College of Music.