Conga dynamo Henry Brun, nicknamed “Mr. Ritmo” by his fans, lives by the authenticity, dynamics and “cadencia” of the music he plays. Born in the Bronx to Puerto Rican parents, Henry started playing congas at age seven. Upon their return to Puerto Rico, by the time he was eleven he was playing professionally. While listening to and being influenced by Latin music pioneers such as Tito Puente, Patato, Buyú, Mongo and Candido, 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”. That allowed him to expand his knowledge of global rhythms and provided the stage for him to work with legends Maynard Ferguson; Bob Hope; Lucille Ball; to name a few.
In 1989, Henry created The Latin Playerz, an ensemble that incorporates a variety of Latin styles with Rhythm and Blues, Swing, and straight ahead Jazz. They've become a touring force, popular in the United States and around the world.
When not performing with his ensemble, Henry can often be found presenting educational 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 infect the audience with the desire to join in on the fun during his shows.