Musical director of the Mambo Jazz Kings. He is the glue that Art Lopez is the founder and keeps the act together and the driving force behind this entertainment package. On stage he is the lead/rhythm guitar player. Art has played with many bands throughout his life. He started off playing the drums at an early age but in high school made the switch to guitar. His local mentors growing up were, “The Boogie Kings” and “The TSU Tornados.” Arts style of direction and influence for the Mambo Jazz Kings has ome from none other than the great Tower of Power. Art lays down a sweet and smooth melody that keeps the audience groovin every time the band takes the stage!
Born into a military family, Stormy grew up all around the United States. Today she considers herself a Houstonian by Choice, and has been a resident of the Houston and Galveston area since 1984. Shy by nature, her first singing experience wasn’t until her 30th birthday. It was 1996, and her friend convinced a local band to let her sit in. Terrified is how she describes the experience, but she survived and just one month later, she joined the Mambo Jazz Kings and her singing career was born. For nearly 25 years, she’s performed with a variety of cover bands and loves how music brings people together. She understands her purpose as an entertainer is to create an experience where people can have fun and enjoy life! She took a brief hiatus from music to focus on her work career, and now she’s super excited to be back performing with the MJK’s and pay homage to some of her Soul, R&B, Motown, Funk and Disco music idols and influences.
Brought up in a musical family, Viveka Starr of Alvin, TX is a 3rd generation musician. Her mother, Liberty, was in fact herself, once a long time front line vocalist for The Mambo Jazz Kings boasting a tenure spanning over eleven years. She submitted into the history books, performances that, in a unique twist of fate, an unborn Viveka Starr would share with her mother on countless stages. Viveka dreams and aspires to evolve into a legendary singer and performer one the people will always remember not only for her voice but because of the messages she conveys through her music. Viveka is the 1st legacy performer of the Mambo Jazz Kings and has had the torch passed down to her not only by her mother but by another Mambo Jazz Kings alum, her biological father, Nando Dominguez. Music is what Viveka is called to do and it is who she is meant to be. While it runs in her blood, she fell in love with music at a young age when she would see her mother on stage performing. She knew even then, that singing was her passion. She began recording music with her mother, step-father and father in professional studios when she was just still an elementary school student. The Mambo Jazz Kings are beyond excited to bring Viveka Starr to the fore-front for audiences everywhere to adore and enjoy! People all over are in for the show of a life-time any moment she grabs a hold of a microphone and begins to belt her multi-octave range. Get ready to be wow’d by this young superstar as The Mambo Jazz Kings proudly give you, Viveka Starr!
Vocalist Roger “Lil-Chop” Law Jr. is the single child of two musicians. His mother Smiler is a lead vocalist in a Houston R&B band. His father Chopper Law is a Southern soul vocal recording artist and keyboard player. Lil-Chop, started singing for a crowd at the age of 5 years old. His signature song was “You Are So Beautiful” which was a bonus song for the bride when his parent’s band entertained at wedding parties. Surrounded by R&B music since birth he decided to rap as a teenager. He has written multiple rap lyrics and has a special flare for rapping importunely (Free Flow). Lil-Chop, sang in school choirs during elementary and high school. He is extremely talented at harmonizing with others’ voices. At the age of 10, Chop sang in the Motown Live Show at Houston’s Miller Outdoor Theatre in the presents of over 4,000 people. At the age of 12, he recorded an album consisting of 10 songs. A children’s talent scout embraced Chop’s love for singing and provided venues for him. He has sung at the George Brown Convention Center, the Panucho Clause toy giveaway, and multiple fun day children’s events in the park.
Chop’s teenage years consisted of collaborating with other rappers on various projects. You can hear his voice on a recent CD of his father’s southern soul CD. He is the male vocalist and rapper for Mambo Jazz Kings with the ability to sing four octaves. He can sing bass and has a clear tenor voice performing the vocal range of Phillip Baily with the Earth Wind and Fire Band. Music is an international language providing joy and other emotions. Lil-Chop, enjoys music and will have you singing and dancing when he performs.
Now a Houston resident , Brad is originally from Chicago, Illinois.He graduated from VanderCook College of Music, in Chicago, earning the degree Bachelor of Music Education. In addition to professional musician work, Brad is also a private lesson teacher with the CyFair Independent School District.
During college, Brad held the positions of principal trumpet and lead trumpet with the VanderCook College Of Music Symphonic and Jazz bands.
Since 1969, Brad has been active as a trumpet player with numerous Chicago and Houston area bands, for various private and public music performance engagements, including a performance at one of the 2009 Presidential Inaugural Balls held in Washington, DC.
Brad maintains busy performance and teaching schedules, and among Houston area bands he has performed with as lead trumpet are “Echoz”, “Twist And Shout”, “Midlife Crisis”, “Funksion”, and “The Mambo Jazz Kings”, as well as working as an on-call professional trumpet player.
Brad’s primary musical influence is Doc Severinsen. He currently performs primarily on Scodwell Standard / Las Vegas and Benge trumpets.
Originally from Topeka, Kansas, Craig began playing trombone in the 4th grade and has played throughout High School and College. He graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology. During college, he played lead trombone in the Concert Jazz Ensemble which toured Europe and were featured artist at the North Seas and Montreaux Jazz festivals. Since1987, Craig has performed with numerous professional, community, and church bands in the Houston area as well as playing with the Arabia Shrine Drum and Bugle Corps. Craig plays all brass instruments but mainly trombone and an occasionally tuba.
Theodore “Ted” Ludwig, III, born in New Orleans began playing saxophone professionally at the age of 12. Ted graduated from Loyola University, while in college he toured with Wayne Cochran and the CC Riders and Ray Charles. Ted has performed with Cannonball Adderley, Herbie Hancock, Ike and Tina Turner, Jerry Lee Lewis and many other artists. Ted has also performed on various television shows such as All-American College show, Midnight Special, In Concert (Saturday Night Live) to name a few. Ted’s style and passion for Rhythm and Blues, Jazz and Rock came from his deep roots in New Orleans. Ted plays Alto and Tenor saxophone with the full soulful sound from his years of experience and musical influences.
Guitarist Fritz Shiring is originally from Pittsburgh, PA but has lived in Houston for over 25 years. Having enjoyed music with friends in high school and afterwards, his love for music was rekindled when he moved to Houston. Starting out jamming with new friends, he eventually ventured out to the local blues scene open mike jams. After meeting and playing with numerous local musicians, it eventually led to offers to join several bands. At one point he was playing over 50 gigs a year. His signature artists are Carlos Santana, SRV, Eric Clapton, Joe Bonamassa, Steve Cropper, Jimmy Hendrix, Johnny Guitar Watson, Joe Pass, BB King and Jeff Beck. A strong believer in blues, jazz, rock and funk he continues to learn and enjoying playing guitar. Looking forward to a new start with the Mambo Jazz Kings! ..
Tim began playing Bass Guitar at age 14. He knew it was the instrument for him. He has played in numerous bands in and around Houston. Genres including Rock, Blues, Oldies, R&B, Trop Rock, Reggae, Variety, and many others. in 2003, Tim was in the band MONICA-MARIE and BLUES CRUIZERS that represented Texas at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis. Tim has occasionally filled in on Bass Guitar for the Mambo Jazz Kings over the last several years and is now looking forward to permanently joining the MJK Band.
Welcome Back! Ron Davis is back with the band for the 2nd time. Ronnie is an experienced, well-versed veteran of piano and musical keyboards and is back with the Mambo Jazz Kings.
A Houston native, Ronnie was born with an inclination for music. Attending Kashmere High School, Ronnie was always enthused with the trumpet and piano. While attending Kashmere HS, Ronnie was fortunate to study music from the renowned music instructor, Conrad O. Johnson. Ronnie has a love for Jazz and other related music genres.
Ronnie also is a proud veteran of the United States Army and served proudly with an Honorable Discharge. (served during Vietnam Era and Desert Storm)
Beyond the music, Ronnie' life is harmonized by the love of his life, his wife of 27 years or more of companionship. Together Ronnie and his wife built two strong and loving families, blessed with four adult loving children. Amidst the melodies of life, Ronnie has found harmony in the beautiful symphony of love, support and unity. Performing with several bands in the Houston area, Ronnie is now a 2nd time member of the Mambo Jazz Kings. Approaching his golden years, and a member of the “American Federation of Musicians”, Local No. 65-699, these are all Blessings Ronnie will always be thankful for.
Originally from Galveston, Texas, drummer Jim Hilton Jr. is a seasoned musician, in both the studio and on stage in the US and in Europe. Jim began his musical career in the early 90’s, like many other musicians playing in church. However, his biggest influence came from his loving parents because of their love of music and large vinyl record library. A former member of the USAF marching band, Jarrod Sterrett and the Hired Guns and various artists, he is returning as a member of the Mambo Jazz Kings. He is the owner of Mijmod Studios and a producer and mix/master engineer for South Star Music Group and Groove House Records. He also is a 2019 International Film Festival and 2019 Austin Film Festival award winning music producer and mixing engineer representing Mijmod Studios for the film (Keeper 2018) and My Brothers Keep Her, respectively. Jim’s musical influences are Mint Condition, Dave Matthews Band, The Robert Glasper Experiment, Snarky Puppy, Timbaland, and Kendrick Lamar.
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