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The Echo Park Project-Latin Jazz Octet It’s My Turn

CD Release Date April 15th 2021

Los Angeles, CA – The Echo Park Project, a veteran band from the Los Angeles salsa scene, will release its sixth CD, “It’s My Turn.”

With eight new songs, 7 composed and arranged by Joe Mannozzi and 1 by John Belzaguy, The Echo Park Project is exploring the musical horizon of the Latin Jazz world. 

“In our sixth production, the focus was to encourage creativity and originality in keeping the swing and salsa dancing style of the music that we love to perform, but this time in a instrumental format. These tunes are for listeners and dancers alike.” 

Born in 1962, Carlo Lopez is a native New Yorker and self-taught percussionist. He is the younger of two musicians in the family who’s played Latin music for most of his life. As a teen growing up around the 70’s New York salsa scene, he found himself surrounded with musicians and the sounds that were integral in shaping the eras of the 50’s and 70’s. It was a great time to be a teen in Brooklyn, NY. He learned from the Latin scenes old school veterans and was part of the emerging new crop of musicians destined to make a mark in the vast landscape of the salsa/Latin music scene no matter where he resided. 

In 1992, he moved to the west coast and landed in Los Angeles, CA.
He integrated by playing percussion in local bands. He arrived in L.A.
at a time when technology enjoyed a boom in independent audio recording. Carlo, determined to study his way to independence in the independent recording artist arena, mastered working with the latest studio software. Carlo’s testament to that side of audio engineering gave birth to the Echo Park Project’s independent recordings.



1. En Camino 

2. Monktuneado 

3. It’s My Turn 

4. Guánica 

5. Can’t Complain 

6. Felicity’s Harvest 

7. Charanga In Q 

8. Si, Si, C. L.!



Carlo Lopez: Congas 

Joey de Leon: Timbales 

Tomas M. Lopez: Bongo, Guiro, Shekere and Barriles 

John Belzaguy: Bass 

Jonathan Montes: Piano 

Frank Fontaine: Saxophones and Flute 

Ron Francis Blake: Trumpet and Flugelhorn 

Joe Mannozzi: arranger 


Carlo and the EPP have backed traveling salsa super stars Adalberto Santiago, Cano Estremera, Tony Vega, Choco Orta, Herman Olivera, Frankie Vazquez, Cita Rodriguez, and The New Swing Sextet. Having brought the New York salsa sound to the West Coast, Carlo started The Echo Park Project in 2006. Since then, the Echo Park Project has issued five albums. As director of the band, Carlo infused their music with the legendary sounds near to his heart with a modern twist. Carlo, now a trained sound and recording engineer, has produced and engineered local band recordings adding to his resume. 

PR Contact: Lisa Reedy, Lisa Reedy Promotions 775-826-0755 

Artist Contact: Carlo Lopez, 323.371.2648 


June, 2019


June 14, 2019


Contact: Carlo Lopez, 323.371.2648

The Echo Park Project releases 5th CD, El Pin Pin Pon

Los Angeles, CA – The Echo Park Project, a veteran band from the Los Angeles salsa scene, has released its 5th CD, El Pin Pin Pon and continues in the tradition of New York’s “salsa dura,” with new compositions arranged by Grammy-winner Oscar Hernandez.

With a total of 12 songs, this CD combines original songs along with new arrangements of some of the best songs of Tite Curet Alonzo and Oscar Hernandez, all representatives of the exciting and unique style of salsa played in New York in the seventies. In total, El Pin Pin Pon has six original compositions from songwriters like Johnny Crespo Estrella and Lino Iglesia, that capture the seventies flavor with a modern touch.

One of the highlight of the CD are its featured guests, among them percussionists Johnny Dandy Rodriguez and George Delgado; singers Jorge Maldonado, Freddy Crespo, and Daniel Castillo;and legendary arrangers including Joe Mannozzi and Oscar Hernandez.

“In our fifth production, the focus was to encourage creativity and originality inside the music style that we love, hence the number of new compositions. Songs like “El Pin Pin Pon” or “Zabaramba” will be sure to be a hit with dancers and music lovers alike,” said Carlo Lopez, the band’s founder, who produced and engineered the CD.

Other songs featured in this CD, like “El Pasito Del Shingalin,” “Echo Park Cha Cha,” “ Señor Salsa,” and “Borinquen La Flor” are all new compositions that will resonate with salsa lovers all over the world.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, Carlo López moved to Los Angeles in 1992, were he founded The Echo Park Project, a 12 piece-band with some of the best local salsa musicians, who are once again featured in this project: John Belzaguy, Joey de Leon, Giancarlo Anderson, Jonathan Montes, Eddie Resto, Steve “Mofongo” Giraldo, Serafin Aquilar, Tomas M López, Hunberto Ruiz Jr, Frank Fontaine and the new lead singer of the band, Roosevelt Cordova.

For more information about “he Echo Park Project: El Pin Pin Pon or to purchase the CD on-line please go to