Henry Brun

Founder and Musician, The Latin Playerz

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.  At the age of 8, his family moved to Puerto Rico where Henry began studies at the Juan Morel Campos Escuela Libre De Música in Ponce.  In 1974, he performed his first professional engagement with the popular Latin pop group, Danny Cruz.  Henry’s expertise includes congas, bongos, timbales and the ethnic percussion instruments of Africa, Brazil and the Middle East.

Brun has performed on more than 780 recordings, including numerous Grammy-winning and gold / platinum-award winning albums.  He performed in the BET Network’s Jazz Central, Televisa’s Raza de Campeones and in the BBC documentary Texas Saturday Night.

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 easily adapts to a variety of performing venues without compromising its high artistic and musical standards.  The group regularly performs throughout the U.S. and abroad, including Cuba’s Festival Internacional Del Caribe, the Heineken Jazz Festival in Puerto Rico, Festival International De Jazz in Mexico, the Houston International Jazz Festival, Jazz a Vienne in France, Montreaux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, Taichung International Jazz Festival and Kaohsiung Zuoying Wannian Folklore Festival of Taiwan.

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, Charo, Los Lobos, Texas Tornados, Little Joe y La Familia and Los Super Seven.  Brun is a committed and active educator and clinician.

My Sessions

Scheduling and Commodification on the Road: Music Booking, Touring, and Live Production

San Antonio College 1819 N. Main Ave. San Antonio, Texas 78212

Outlining systems and processes of software and hardware technologies in music industry booking, touring, and live production. Location: San Antonio College 1819 N. Main Ave., San Antonio, Texas 78212 Jean Longwith Radio-Television-Film Building Room 101 Parking Available at:  Student Parking Lot #7 next to the Jean Longwith Radio-Television-Film Building Campus map attached below for lot and building locations […]

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