Percussionist Edgardo Cintron is a second-generation Puerto Rican and a second generation musician. Known as much for his affable personality and generous spirit as for his tasty musicianship, Edgardo attributes his musical influences to his Father, Pablo, who played guitar in the U.S. military band and also to Charlie Parker, Stevie Wonder, Carlos Santana and Tito Puente. Born August 28, 1958 in Fort Riley, Kansas, Edgardo was studying French horn and guitar by the age of five, then moved on to percussion, all under his father’s direction.
Moving the Family to the East Coast in 1962, the elder Cintron formed his own band, Los Tropicales. By age twelve, Edgardo had won the percussion chair. He traveled up and down the coast with the band, playing at hotels and Latin dances, working with such notable musicians as Yomo Toro and Maso Rivera. “We used to wear the ruffled shirts, the red suits and get the people dancing” says Edgardo. “We played all the great Latin standards.”
After serving in the army (1975-1977), Edgardo began studying music again. In 1988, he formed his own twelve-piece band, the Tiempo Noventa Orchestra. They went on to play numerous jazz festivals and concerts including the Bethlehem Music Festival, Newark Jazz Festival, Clifford Brown Jazz Festival, and Cape May Jazz Festival.
In 1995, Edgardo’s self-produced debut CD was released. “Musica Caliente” was recorded with the Orchestra and featured saxophonist Mike Pedicin, Jr. and percussionist, Pablo Batista (Congas). The ten-song CD was released on the Naxos label.
Two more CD’s for the DBK label followed. In 1998, Edgardo recorded Spanish Eyes with a trio and Straight No Chaser with the Tiempo Noventa Orchestra. The latter tracked on the Gavin Charts at #16. Both were pre-nominated for the Grammy’s that year.
Currently, Edgardo fronts the Latin pop orchestra, “Cintron” . Their latest recording “CINTRON LIVE MANTECA” was another unqualified success for the band.