Tonight is Spam Allstars Percussionist Lazaro Alfonso’s Birthday, he is onstage at the Parrot as we speak, blowing the room away, and we wish him well on his birthday. He looks ageless and super relaxed behind his congas. I have no idea how old he is but he certainly is looking none the worse for wear and I’m sure he doesn’t need to worry about his blood pressure.
Here’s a little more about him: From The Miami NewTimes “Best of” Readers Poll, 2007
Best Percussionist (2007)
The rhythmic history of Cuban music rests firmly in Lazaro Alfonso’s hardened hands. Every Thursday night the conga maestro joins Miami’s celebrated Spam Allstars collective and turns up the heat at Little Havana’s Hoy Como Ayer nightclub. Those fortunate to see Lazaro let loose will undoubtedly come away with one conclusion: When it comes to Afro-Caribbean rhythms, no one in Miami can hold a candle to Señor Alfonso. A youthful man, Lazaro has an enviable musical pedigree, earning his chops in the late Eighties as a conga player in Havana’s world-famous Club Tropicana, where he performed as a member of legendary Cuban band Irakere. In Miami Lazaro has kept busy working on various projects with DJ Le Spam — who confirms that Lazaro is now officially working out cuts for a planned solo album.
See a lengthier miami new times article here