members have over 60 Years experience with a virtual
who's who in the Latin music field, including Rafael
Cortijo, Eddie Palmieri, Tito Puente, La India, the
LeBron Brothers, Pete "Conde" Rodriguez,
and many more.
We favor a return to the
traditional styles and roots of Afro-Cuban music,
and this collection features many of the vintage classics
of this genre.
Tap your feet, clap your
hands to the clave, let your mind drift off to yesteryear
in Havana, San Juan, or Santo Domingo..... and experience
the Direct Latin Influence!
Musica con sabor para
bailar y gozar.
Raised in Buffalo, New
York, David Chamberlain came to New York City in 1966,
where he first became involved with Latin music as
a teacher at the South Bronx Community Action Theater.
Asked to mentor a group of students from the High
School of Music & Art (now Laguardia H.S.), he
taught them music fundamentals, and they taught him
about their music - salsa. These students went on
to record three albums as Orquesta Colon, and Dave
began a love affair with Afro-Caribbean music that
continues to this day. Over the years he has performed
with Rafael Cortijo, Kako, Tito Puente and many more.
Dave is also active in
Broadway shows, club dates with the Ken Zayback Orchestra,
and as the conductor of the Hora Decima Brass Ensemble.
He has been playing the trombone since he was ten
and started flute when he was sixteen.
Dave first met Luisito
Ayala, the group's vocalist and percussionist, over
twenty-five years ago when they were both members
of Tambo. Most recently, they had a twelve-year association
with Cruz Control. Igor Atalita joined them in that
band about five years ago. The mutual respect and
admiration forged there led to this partnership...DLI.
Born in Santurce Puerto
Rico, lead volcalist and percussionist LUISITO AYALA
has been in the Latin music business for over thirty
years, performing with artists such as Rafael Cortijo
y su Combo, Joe Cuba, Larry Harlow, The Lebron Brothers,
Eddie Palmieri, Roberto Roena and his Apollo Sound,
Cruz Control, Grupo Caribe, Ralphi Santi, Peter Theodore
Orchestra, Cal James Orchestra, Tito Puente Orchestra,
Machito Orchestra, and the Boys Harbor Conservatory
of Music Orchestra. Luisito also performs bomba y
plena, the folkloric music of Puerto Rico, with various
groups including the Familia Cepeda, Carambu and Los
Pleneros de la 21.
Igor Atalita was born
and raised in Curacao, Netherlands Antilles. Played
acoustic bass for 8 years with the Curacao Symphony
Orchestra. He moved to Boston in 1987 to pursue his
studies at the Berklee College of Music. In 1993 Igor
graduated with studies in performance and jazz composition.
Igor has worked as a freelancer in the New York area
since 1995, and has performed with artists like Giovanni
Hidalgo, Puntilla, Bobby Sanabria, Mauricio Smith,
Tito Puente Orchestra, Andy Montanez, India, Tito
Nieves, and Pete "El Conde" Rodriguez just
to name a few. He was musical director of the Pathmark
Hispanic Arts Festival. Igor has performed in the
theatre productions "Four Guys Named Jose"
and "Quien Mato a Hector LaVoe". Igor has
toured Europe with Patato Valdez, the Ray Vega Jazz
Group and the Bronx Horns. Igor's credits include
performances at the Bern, Switzerland Jazz Festival
and the Heineken Jazz Festival in Puerto Rico. Currently
working with The Ray Vega Latin Jazz Group that recently
performed at the Saratoga Jazz Festival in NY, he
also recorded the last two Ray Vega CDs.