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The legendary MANDRILL came “outta da bush” five decades ago, pushing the musical envelope with a hard-driving combination of heavy horns and heavy percussion deftly layered on a complex mix of Funk, Jazz, Latin, R&B, Rock and Afro-Caribbean sounds, pioneering a genre called “World Music.” This cultural “mash-up” is a staple of the industry today but, because of their innovative work, Grammy Award-winning MANDRILL commands enthusiastic adoration from supporters around the world who have been touched by the “Mandrill Experience.”

MANDRILL formed in Brooklyn, New York City in 1968. The original band included three brothers: Carlos Wilson (trombone, percussion, vocals), Lou Wilson (1941-2013) (trumpet, percussion, vocals), and Ric Wilson (sax, percussion vocals). The Wilson brothers were born in Panama and grew up in the Bedford–Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn. The brothers played music together from childhood, but also led diverse lives. MANDRILL’s long standing founder, member, and Harvard College grad, Doctor Ricardo Wilson (known as “Doc”) coupled his musical career with being a Cardiologist and Internal Medicine Specialist. Carlos Wilson, following his service as a Vietnam vet, was also one of the co-founders of Mandrill, bringing his Mannes School of Music writing and arranging skills to the group.

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