Melvin Quinones, also known as Melvin Llord, started studying saxophone by age 11, with the idea of someday playing in the local church's band. He never made it to that group, but that didn't discourage him from his passion for music. By the age of 15, he was recording music with local bands and slowly gaining popularity as one of the best sax players in western Puerto Rico.
At 17, his talent was discovered by Andrew Ruiz, one of the most popular band directors in Puerto Rico, who quickly extended him an invitation to play with international Latin star Wilkins.
At a young age, he shared the stage with Puerto Rico’s finest artists, such as Marc Anthony, Ednita Nazario and Gilberto Santarrosa, among others.
He joined the 248th Army Band at 19. He played for 7 years and traveled to many states and countries. Melvin has more than 25 years of experience as a Music Producer, Song writer, Sax and Keyboard Player.
He is working on his first production as a soloist, featuring Grammy award nominees “The Negroni Trio”, Samuel Gali, Milton Sesenton, Carlomagno Araya, Oscar Stagnaro, Richie Ray and one of the nation’s top recording guitarist, Mr. Ramon Stagnaro (Celine Dione, Josh Groban, Andrea Bocelli, etc). The projected release date for this CD is February 2011.
The following is a list of some of the most noticeable artists he has worked with:
• 248th US Army Band
Alto Sax - Yamaha 62 Silver
Mouthpiece - Eugene Rosseau Studio Jazz
Reeds - Vandoren ZZ
Yamaha WX5 Wind Controller
Yamaha Motif Rack ES