The Latin Playerz, Educator
Conga dynamo, Henry Brun, was nicknamed "Mr. Ritmo" by his fans to describe the authenticity, dynamics, and "cadencia" of the music he plays. Born in the Bronx to Puerto Rican parents, Henry started playing congas at seven. After returning to Puerto Rico with his parents, he was playing professionally by the time he was eleven years old. While listening to and being influenced by such sixties Latin music pioneers as Tito Puente, Patato Valdez, Jose Mangual Sr., Mongo Santamaria, and Candido Camero, Henry developed his own unique style and technique on bongos and timbales.
Henry traveled around the world while performing with the U.S. Air Force’s international band, "Tops in Blue," which allowed him to expand his knowledge of global rhythms. It provided him with the opportunity to work with such legends as Maynard Ferguson, Bob Hope and Lucille Ball, to name a few.
In 1989, Henry created The Latin Playerz, an ensemble that incorporates a variety of Latin styles mixed with Rhythm and Blues, Swing, and straight ahead Jazz. They've become a touring force,popular in the United States and worldwide.
When not performing with his ensemble, Henry can often be found presenting educational clinics and workshops, or touring with international acts such as Arturo Sandoval, Justo Almario, Charo, Los Lobos, Little Joe y La Familia and many others. Henry’s vivacious performances instill the audience with the desire to join in on the fun during his shows.