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Program(s): Bachelor of Music - Percussion

Rosendo 'Chendy' Leon

From his first percussion lesson, given to him by his father in Havana, Cuba, when he was only four years old, “Chendy” learned at an incredible rate. At the age of 18 he began his professional career, playing and recording with many famous Cuban bands and artists: the Metropolis (of which he was the band leader), Yagrumas Jazz Band, Rodolfo y su Orquesta, Roberto Javier y su Banda, Melao Son, Rojitas y su Grupo, Pancho Amat y su Grupo, and internationally known troubador Silvio Rodriguez. 

With these musicians he played in theatres, hotels, on radio and television, recording sessions and for movies.  In 1998 Chendy was given the opportunity to write the music for a Cuban documentary called Policlinico Infernal, which was nominated for an Oscar.

In 1999 he came to Canada where he has continued to play with Cuban and international artists and shows: Luis Mario Ochoa and Cimarron, Son Ache, Marco D’Amico, Quimica Perfecta, Ricky Franco y su Orquesta, Roberto Occhipinti, Cassava Latin Rhythms, Nick Ali and Cruzao (winner at the 2001 Montreal Jazz Festival), Mitchell V and the World, Evaristo Machado y su Banda, Energia Latina, Eliana Cuevas, The Puentes Brothers, Jane Bunnett (twice nominated for Grammy awards), Bruca Manigua, Alexis Baro, Mambo Urbano, Havana Rumba, (with Oscar De Leon), Havana Express, Luis Orbegoso Quintet, Hilario Duran Big Band and Trio, Cane Fire, Alex Cuba Band, Ron Sexmith and Amanda Martinez. Experienced in all styles of Cuban music he is one of the most “in demand” Latin musicians in Toronto.

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