Elvin A. Cartagena

Elvin grew up in the inner City of Brooklyn, New York City, listening, learning, and absorbing the sounds of Latin music.  Influenced by other music as well such as R&B, Funk, Motown, Stax, Philly Sound, MFSB, Blues, Country, Rock, and Pop music of the 60s, 70s, and 80s.

Elvin's next door neighbor was master percussionist Little Ray Romero, who played for Ray Barretto, Tito Puente, and Mongo Santamaria, among others. Cartagena tagged along as a little kid and got the chance to watch the Latin greats rehearse and play live. Elvin attended the The Brooklyn Academy of Music Program, where he studied guitar with Matt Smith.