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About Us!

Welcome!  We are Sabrosas Latin Orquesta, San Diego's  female Salsa band!  Born out of a common love for Latin music, íSabrosas! brings together a variety of very talented female musicians, whose experiences range from Jazz, to Classical, to Salsa.  The musicians of íSabrosas! are passionate about their music and have 

The Musicians

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Cony O'Liden

Cony O'Liden

Cony O'Liden

Cony O’Liden is the lead vocalist for Sabrosas and comes to us with over 15 years experience.  With her multi-octave range and her diverse musical influence, Cony can sing anything from sultry Soul to Pop, to Salsa.  In addition, Cony not only sings, but plays congas, bongos, timbales, traps, piano and sax.  She is an incredible musician in her own right. 

Her resume includes singing and playing with Quimbao Salsa Band, Afrotruko Salsa band with Charlie Chavez, Pico De Gallo, Arturo Arrizon’s Tijuana All Stars, The Ray Brizz Band, a musical Tribute to Queen, San Diego Brazillian Festival, and her own group, Cony O’Liden’s Band.  We are blessed to have Cony as part of Sabrosas!

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Antonia Ruiz

Cony O'Liden

Cony O'Liden

 Antonia, is one of the newest members of the band and is a welcome addition to Sabrosas!  Antonia has been singing since she was 8 years old when she would sing to her father’s guitar.  She sang in high school with the mariachi when her dance instructor realized her talent, but it wasn’t until she started singing karoake many years later that she was encouraged to take her singing seriously.  Nine years ago, Antonia started singing with Orquesta Primo and in 2014 Hacienda Show.  Following Hacienda Show, she started singing backup with Rumba y Soul, but  soon took over as lead.  Antonia has sung lead with Charlie Chavez’s Afrotruko and is now proud to be part of Sabrosas.  Antonia is versatile and brings an energy to the stage that infects the audiences.  Antonia likes to joke that she has issues singing in English.  Fortunately for her, most of the songs are in Spanish!  

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Tomo Osako

Cony O'Liden

Tomo Osako

  Born in Kagoshima, Japan, Tomo started her musical journey when she started playing piano at age3. In elementary school, she picked up a trumpet and played in a marching band. When she came to the US with her mother at age 12, she began playing the violin, which school rented for free. By the time she was in high school, she was playing in a TV station orchestra in her hometown in Japan. Although her musical training had always been classical, she had been yearning to play other types of music. Her love for Latin music grew when she started dancing Salsa in Yokosuka, Japan, in 2002. She has been obsessed with Salsa music since and has been active in San Diego Salsa dance scene since 2006. Her dream of playing Latin music came true one day when she joined a rehearsal for “Lucky Rumba” a Cuban/Bossa Nova band. Since then, the rest is history. She has played with several local Latin bands, including Lucky Rumba, Son Pa Ti, Club Havana Band, Cachito y Su Son, and Salsa Mocambo. Tomo is excited to be the newest member of íSabrosas! and looking forward to future endeavors!

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Monica Saenz

Justine Dolorfino-Thieman

Janet Murray Thornton

Monica is a Cuban-Guatemalan American born in Chicago and raised in Escondido, California.

Her father introduced her to the diverse sounds of music at young age. Her favorite music always involved danceable beats, with lots of percussion and base!  Beginning in Hidden Valley Middle School, Monica learned a variety of percussion instruments – beginning with the xylophone. She graduated from Orange Glen High School in 1991 with four full years of experience in Sweepstakes Award-winning marching band, concert band, and drumline competitions. She remained part of the OGHS Music Program as a percussion coach for a few years after graduation.  As a single mom, Monica focused on motherhood and her career until 2012 when she ventured out into the San Diego Salsa circles to dance and enjoy the live Latin-music scene. Her love of playing music was reignited! With the loving influence and encouragement from her boyfriend, she picked-up the maracas and began dabbling in Latin music with him.  Since 2016, Monica has played Latin percussion with several local projects including Los Cubanisimos (Cuban Quartet), Afrotruko (Salsa Band), and various private gigs around San Diego and Orange County. 

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Janet Murray Thornton

Justine Dolorfino-Thieman

Janet Murray Thornton

 Music and dance runs deep in Janet's veins.  Her lineage includes a rich history of music ranging from bagpipes, the fiddle and highland dancing in years past, to a more recent generation of performers, song writers and producers. However, her love affair with music was not realized until recent years.  It wasn't until she was first exposed to West African music, through the teachings of Monette Marino-Keita that she felt "at home" with an instrument.  "The conversation of the different drums immediately moved me, and that's what music's all about - evoking emotion"  There was no going back.  Fast forward 16 years or so, Janet finally dove in -primarily with dancing salsa, merengue, cha cha and cumbia. Ultimately, getting back into dancing opened up a whole new world for her.  "I was invited into the Latin community with open arms, and that gave me the confidence to keep exploring this beautiful music". She has been studying Afro-Cuban music for several years, and has played her congas with groups such as Kimba Light, and Semisi & his Fula Bula Band.  She is thrilled to be a part of San Diego's all female Latin band, Sabrosas! and looks forward to working on other projects locally.    

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Justine Dolorfino-Thieman

Justine Dolorfino-Thieman

Justine Dolorfino-Thieman

  Born and raised in Michigan, Justine began music at a young age, starting with piano in kindergarten and alto saxophone in fourth grade, but it wasn't until she tried bass guitar on a whim at eleven that she found her true musical -home. 

After participating in concert band, orchestra, jazz band, and pit orchestra in high school, she dual majored in music and psychology at Kalamazoo College, where she took part in jazz band, pit orchestra, and orchestra and studied abroad in the music department at Goldsmiths College, University of London. She earned a masters of education in K-12 education from Teachers College, Columbia University, before moving to San Diego in 2012. 
In her new home, Justine has played with a variety of jazz bands in the region including Coronado Big Band and Downbeat Big Band, sat in on pit orchestras at Moonlight Ampitheatre and San Diego Junior Theatre, and is excited to be a member of íSabrosas!

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Hindy Bare

Elizabeth Howard Meeker

Zori Tinker

Hindy Bare studied jazz piano at Berklee College of Music in Boston and with former Jazz Messenger Donald Brown. She has played a large variety of music, touring France with Jamaican reggae group Natural Gift, performing with Brasilian artist Dandara and Tombores de Brasil, and winning the Viejas Casino Ultimate Music Challenge cover band competition with the 70’s style funk band Super Magnetic.  Hindy was a member of Grammy award winner Lenny “fuzzy” Rankins’ blues band from 2011-2019. That band has represented Sand Diego three times in Memphis Tennessee at the IBC International Blues Competition , and has performed in Blues festivals in Oregon, California, and Mexico.

Currently Hindy lives in San Diego, and works in a variety of musical settings.


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Zori Tinker

Elizabeth Howard Meeker

Zori Tinker

 Born in Cuba, she grew up in a culture of warm, compassionate, fun-loving people.  At the core of this wonderful community were food, family, and...music.

She was 11 years old when I first learned to play guitar.  By age 15, she was playing piano, bass, and sax.  Zori formed her first band, the Corvettes, in high school  and played oldies from the 50s to the 80s  every weekend.

 Now a full time nurse in intensive care, Zori  still finds time to  play.  According to her, it is what keeps her grounded.  She has played lead guitar with The Lost Girls,  performed with the Grossmont College Jazz Ensemble, Afro-Cuban Jazz Ensemble, Classical Guitar Ensemble with Fred Benediti, Zori Latin Jazz, Jazz guitar Trio with Mimi Fox, The Saxations,  played guitar and cuatro for the Manny Cepeda Orchestra, and now plays with íSabrosas!

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Elizabeth Howard Meeker

Elizabeth Howard Meeker

Elizabeth Howard Meeker

 Elizabeth Howard fell in love with Cuban music upon hearing the first Buena Vista Social Club album, and she has been playing in salsa bands and Cuban bands in the 20 years since. She visited Cuba to study music where she had the opportunity to sit in twice with Septeto Ignacio Piniero. She holds a Bachelor of Music from Boston University and a Master of Music from Yale University. She has performed with the San Diego Symphony, Orchestra Nova, the Old Globe, and the Lawrence Welk Theatre. She is a music instructor at Southwestern Community College, and is a member of Westwind Brass Quintet, in residence at SDSU. 
Fun fact: Like our percussionist Monica, Elizabeth also got her start in the Hidden Valley Middle School marching band! Our public school music program was a positive and life changing experience for so many of us. Support music in the schools!  


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Patricia Evans

Patricia Evans

Patricia Evans

 

Originally from Los Angeles, Patricia began music at an early age.  She started taking piano lessons at age 4.  By age 9, she had entered and won second in a local musical composition competition.  By age 11, she had taken up the trombone and bass guitar on the side.  By the time she was in high school, she was playing in her school’s Jazz Band, Concert Band, Marching Band, while still playing piano in the school’s Jazz Combo.  During her high school years, she played in the All Southern California All State Jazz Band, and played at the Monterey Jazz Festival.  Since moving to San Diego, Patricia has played her trombone in various bands to include, the Grossmont College Big Band, The Legacy Big Band, The Jazz Project Big Band, Marty Conley’s Big Band Express, The Special Edition Big Band, Son Pa Ti, Manny Cepeda Orchestra, and she recently started San Diego’s all female Latin Salsa Band, íSabrosas!  


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Shirley Coggon

Patricia Evans

Patricia Evans

 Born and raised in New Jersey, Shirley Coggon began her trombone studies under James Biddlecome, principal trombonist of the New York City Opera. As a student at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, she continued studying with R. Scott McElroy, principal trombonist of the Virginia Symphony. After earning her BA, she moved to the Washington, DC area and played with the James Bazen Big Band and Tom Cunningham Orchestra, appearing at venues including Blues Alley and Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts. Shirley now calls San Diego home, where she is a founding member of the JazzKatz Orchestra and played for many years with the San Diego Concert Jazz Band, Big Band Express, and the 12-trombone ensemble, Rack of Bones. She can also be heard playing in pit orchestras for San Diego Musical Theater and the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus. Shirley’s love for Latin music began when she took salsa dance lessons in the DC area, and immediately knew she wanted to play salsa, too! She started playing with Latin bands in San Diego, and has performed with Rumba y Soul, Hacienda Show, and Orquesta Tropical San Diego. Shirley is thrilled to be a member of San Diego’s first all-female Latin band! 


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Alyssa Keene

Patricia Evans

Alyssa Keene

Alyssa Keene is an active freelancer and teacher in San Diego county. She received her BA in Music Performance from UCLA, studying under international trumpet soloist Jens Lindemann. Whilst living in Los Angeles, she performed with artists such as Kenny Burrell, Portugal. The Man, and Stevie Wonder. In 2014, Alyssa moved overseas to live and work in over 10 countries.  From teaching music in Johannesburg, South Africa and Phang-Nga, Thailand, to using music as a form of therapy for orphaned and disabled children in India, Alyssa has demonstrated a wealth of expertise in working across cultures. When she moved back to the US, she settled back down in her hometown of San Diego, where she has since gone on to perform with the La Jolla Symphony Orchestra, Moonlight Stage Productions, and many other groups in the area. Alyssa was also the regular trumpet player on Estrella TV’s hit late night comedy Noches con Platanito, until the shows final, 25th, season. She is so excited to be a part of San Diego’s first all-female Salsa Band!