Manny Silvera was born in Panama City and raised in Medellin, Colombia. He began studying his instrument, the bass, as a child. Among his early influences were Charles Mingus and Ruben Blades. As a young man, he relocated to the United States and settled in Los Angeles, where he almost immmediately began working as a musician, in both the jazz and salsa genres. Silvera has been a part of Bobby Matos Afro-Cuban Jazz Ensemble and Johnny Polanco Conjunto Amistad. Always in demand, Silvera has played and recorded with numerous stars, including Johnny Pacheco, Alfredo de la Fe, Jimmy Boch, Tito Nieves, and Tito Puente Jr. On his first release, Origen, Silvera passionately demonstrates his love of jazz and Latin music. According to Silvera, 'My music represents the preservation of the culture and rhythms of our Latin America.' Musicians on this recording include: Piano: Albeniz Quintana, Gustavo Ramirez Onna Percussion: Jose Papo Rodriguez, Humberto 'Nengue' Hernandez, Raul Mambito Gonzales, Jorge Carbonel, Frankie Antonelli, Robertito Melendez, Alredo Nino Ortiz, and Juanito Flores (on En Colombia) Saxophones/Flute: Anthony Gil Violin: Danny Weinstein Trumpets: Mario Gonzalez Drums: Chris Taylor and Aaron Zafati (on Wednesday) Guitars: Ron De Jesus Lyrics and Lead Vocals on En Colombia: Pepe Martinez Origen is an energetic and charismatic project that belongs in everyone's collections and destined to be a classic.