Introducing the Duende Quartet
Performing jazz has taken Harry Appelman to five continents. In addition to the two Duende tours, he has performed at the Gnaoua and World Music Festival in Morocco, at the Montreux Jazz Festival, and in Egypt with the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra. He participated in an earlier U.S. State Department sponsored tour of South and Central America in 2002. Harry has toured with the Woody Herman Orchestra and the Artie Shaw Orchestra. He was a finalist in both the 1987 and 1988 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competitions and a prizewinner in the 1989 Great American Jazz Piano Competition. Harry has performed in small groups led by Eddie Daniels, Gary Thomas, George Garzone, Jerry Bergonzi, Jim Snidero, Valery Ponomarev, Brian Lynch, Don Braden, Vincent Herring, Jack Wilkins and Walt Weiskopf, among others. He is a member of the Latin jazz group Afro Bop Alliance and also plays with Palmetto recording artists Rumba Club.
Mark Merella’s professional career spans over 25 years, covering a wide range of styles. He has performed with Fred Foss, Rene Mclean, Tom Williams, Eva Cassidy, Mary Wilson and percussionist Steve Berrios, co-founder of the Fort Apache Band. As part of Havana Select he played for Celia Cruz’s induction into the Smithsonian and at 1997′s Black Music Conference in Chicago. Mark has played at many embassies, the White House and the Kennedy Center. His educational experience includes residencies, workshops, private lessons and recording for the Warner Bros. band method series, which is used in high schools across the country. A highlight of Mark’s career was playing with the Latin Jazz All Stars alongside Steve Turre, Ray Vega and Andy Gonzalez. He currrently co-leads the group Mosaic.
Josh is best known as founder, bassist and contributing arranger and composer for Rumba Club since its inception twenty-two years ago. He can also be found playing bass or piano in a variety of musical settings. Josh studied at the Creative Music Studio in Woodstock, New York in the early eighties and lived in Spanish Harlem where his interest in Latin music was nurtured. For several years, Josh studied arranging and composition privately with the late Dr. Asher Zlotnik, of the Peabody Institute of Music. Josh has performed in the DC area musical theater scene, most recently in the 2008 Israeli operetta “David in Shadow and Light”, a modern and quirky biblical song and dancefest, much of it in odd-time signatures. He has shared the stage with wellknown jazz and Latin musicians alike (Tito Puente, Billy Higgins, Giovanni Hidalgo, David Williams, Nestor Torres, Jon Faddis).
This highly esteemed percussionist, from New York City, has worked nationally and internationally with such legends as Machito, Frank Sinatra, James Brown, Charles Mingus, Dexter Gordon, Freddie Hubbard, Randy Weston, Don Pullen and many others. He may be best known for his 15-year long stint as sideman with Lionel Hampton, or his classic recordings with Monguito Santamaría that many feel defined the boogaloo genre of the seventies. Sam has performed all over the world as well as at some of the most prestigious concert venues in New York (Blue Note, Birdland) and in the nation’s capitol (Kennedy Center, Blues Alley). Sam is a recipient of the United Nations Peace Award, and makes his home in Washington DC where he performs with Rumba Club as well as with many other jazz and Latin artists and works with the Prince George’s Arts Council teaching and performing in schools.