The brainchild of Manny Santos, “birthed” when he arrived in Wilmington in 2012, and discovered an abundance of creative and passionate musicians in his newly adopted city. Many of these musicians rotate in and out of the “Mangroove” collective on a regular basis, keeping the sound and energy fresh.
Of Cape Verdean descent, Manny (percussion/vocals/leader) spent his formative years in New Bedford, MA, embracing jazz and Latin percussion. He moved to Boston and became a pharmacist, but continued to indulge his passion at the New England Conservatory and the Berklee College of Music. Over the 30 years of his music career, Manny has played with the great and the talented, from Maya Angelou to Kurt Elling.
Teddy Burgh (flute & sax) was born in NYC, grew up in North Carolina, and studied music at Hampton University. After graduation he found that most bands wanted him to play saxes in addition to flute, so he worked to develop his skills on these woodwinds. Burgh is grateful to have shared the stage with such artists as George Duke, Stanley Clarke, Joe Chambers , Kathy Sledge, The Manhattans, Ray Charles. In addition to being an Associate Professor at UNCW, Teddy is an active performer and composer. He is currently performs with the FROG PROJECT, as well as MANGROOVE. www.teddyburgh.com; firstname.lastname@example.org;facebook.com/theodoreburgh
Brian Miller earned his BA in Music Performance and a MN in Jazz Studies from Carolina Central University in 2001. He has played and recorded with John Brown Quintet and Big Band, Nnenna Freelon, Clark Terry, Maceo Parker, Branford Marsalis, T.S. Monk, Jimmy Heath…and numerous others.
Brian brings joy to his playing and feels good, brightens days and ensures that a listener enjoys hearing it as much as he enjoys playing it.
Jack Krupicka wears many different styles of musical hats. He is the Musical Director of the Thalian Hall series of WHQR’s series The Great American Songbook. On Tuesday nights he lays down a different groove with the Dixieland Band All-Stars at Rucker Johns, and on Saturday nights he can be found playing and singing at Circa 1922 in downtown Wilmington.
Doug Irving (bass), began playing trombone at the age of thirteen and performing and composing at age fifteen. He has recorded and arranged music in such films as ‘Stompin’ at the Savoy”, ‘Domestic Disturbance” featuring John Travolta, and “Monster Ball” featuring Halle Berry. Doug has performed with a long list of musicians including Tony Bennett, Frankie Valli, The North Carolina Symphony, Hod O’Brien, and Jeremy “BEAN” Clemons.