Alexey Martí is a powerful percussionist from Havana, Cuba. He is at the forefront of the new Latin music scene in New Orleans, tirelessly exploring new musical terrain and incorporating it back into his own rich musical roots. Alexey founded his group, Urban Minds, a little over a year ago, to explore all of the music that he loves including jazz, funk, Afro-Cuban folklore, salsa, son, rumba, and New Orleans rhythms.
Alexey began performing in Afro-Cuban religious ceremonies at the age of 7. At the age of 16 he joined the world renowned Afro-Cuban jazz ensemble “Diákara”, under the leadership of the legendary singer and drummer Oscar Valdés. In Havana, he performed with many great Cuban jazz and Afro-Cuban ensembles. He moved to New Orleans 5 years ago and has adopted New Orleans as his new homeland. Since moving here, Alexey has been studying in the UNO Jazz Studies program and has performed with many New Orleans greats including Los Hombres Calientes, Davell Crawford, Shannon Powell, David Torkanowsky, and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.
One need only witness a Reggie Houston performance to understand why his talent has been courted by legends like Fats Domino, Dr. John, Charmaine Neville, The Neville Brothers, and Peter Gabriel. Though Reggie's roots are in New Orleans, his knowledge and appreciation of musical styles spans the globe. Reggie had his first professional gig at age 12 when he joined the Batiste family band, The Gladiators, one of the preeminent and pioneering bands of funk.
After traveling the world as a permanent member of Fats Domino’s band for 22 years, he joined The Charmaine Neville Band as it rose to world prominence. The list of musicians Reggie has played with includes: Irma Thomas, Etta James, Mahalia Jackson, Maria Muldaur, Professor Longhair, Buff Sainte-Marie, Bo Diddley … and on and on. Reggie has spent the last few years residing in Portland, Oregon with his group Reggie Houston’s Box of Chocolates but returns to the Crescent City with the Reggie Houston Reunion Band-featuring some of the city’s local favorites!