Arthur Latin II
Drummer Arthur Latin II has thrilled audiences throughout the United States and internationally, performing with many established performers in various genres. Mr. Latin has performed with such musical artists as Harry Connick Jr., Branford Marsalis, Ellis Marsalis, Gloria Estefan, Marc Anthony, George Jones, John Williams, Patti LaBelle, Michael McDonald, Carrie Underwood, Kim Burrell, Dr. John, Allen Toussaint, Aaron Neville, Art Neville, Ivan Neville, Jon Batiste, Kelli O' Hara, Marilyn Maye, Clark Terry, Frank Foster, David "Fathead" Newman, Kirk Whalum, Kyle Turner, Bill Watrous, Rick Springfield, and PJ Morton. From 1997 to the present, Mr. Latin is the drummer for Harry Connick Jr. and His Big Band, Orchestra, small group (trio and quartet), and various combinations performing worldwide. His love of drumming can be traced to when he was a young child. At the age of three, he showcased his passion and desire for drumming by playing in his father's church.
Mr. Latin has performed in these popular venues, Hollywood Bowl, Lincoln Center, Wolfe Trap, Red Rocks, Royal Albert Hall, Palladium London, Sydney Opera House, The Olympia Theatre, The White House, Yankee Stadium, Grand Ole Opry, Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony in Oslo Norway, Newport Jazz Festival, New Orleans Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, Montreux Jazz Festival, and many more symphony halls, concert halls, and theaters across the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, Asia, and Africa.
Over Mr. Latin's professional career, he has both performed nationally and internationally on television. From performing on the Royal Variety Show in London, England in 2019, to NBA All-Star Half-Time Show in 2001 and 2008, Winter Olympics Closing Ceremonies in 2003, and Evening at Pops with Harry Connick Jr., John Williams, and Boston Pops Orchestra on PBS in 2001.
Other television programs in which Mr. Latin has showcased his inspiring performances with Harry Connick Jr. are American Idol, Oprah Winfrey, David Letterman, Dancing with the Stars, Jimmy Fallon, Ellen DeGeneres, Conan O'Brien, Rosie O'Donnell, Good Morning America, The Today Show, The View, Kelly & Michael, Kelly and Ryan, Rachael Ray, and Australian Idol.
From 2016-2018, Mr. Latin was the drummer for HARRY, a daytime talk show starring Harry Connick Jr. HARRY was nominated for five Daytime Emmy Awards. This led to many opportunities for Mr. Latin to perform with many notable musicians, personalities, and celebrity guests.
Mr. Latin's talent also extends to Broadway where he has performed in these productions, Harry Connick Jr.: A Celebration of Cole Porter, Nederlander Theatre in 2019, Harry Connick Jr.: In Concert on Broadway, Neil Simon Theatre in 2010, and Thou Shalt Not (Workshop) with Harry Connick Jr. and Susan Stroman, Lincoln Center in 2001.
Mr. Latin is passionate about working with future musicians to help them achieve their potential. Over his professional career, Mr. Latin has taught private drum lessons and has given master classes for various ensembles. The teaching philosophy of Mr. Latin is that through hard work, focus, desire, and practice, any student can fulfill their career ambitions.
Here is a list of Mr. Latin's musical recordings to date:
- Harry Connick Jr.-True Love: A Celebration of Cole Porter, Verve Records, 2019-Grammy Nominated for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
- Harry Connick Jr.-That Would be Me, Columbia Records/Sony Music, 2015
- Harry Connick Jr.-Every Man Should Know, Columbia Records, 2013
- Harry Connick Jr.-Smokey Mary, Columbia Records, 2013
- Angels Sing-"When I'm Home" with Harry Connick Jr. and Willie Nelson, Thirty3anda3rd Records, 2013
- Harry Connick Jr.-In Concert on Broadway (Live Album), Columbia Records/Sony Music, 2011- Grammy Nominated for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
- Harry Connick Jr.-Music from the Happy Elf: Connick on Piano, Volume 4, Marsalis Music, 2011
- Harry Connick Jr.-Your Songs, Sony Music, 2009-Grammy Nominated for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
- Harry Connick Jr.-What a Night! A Christmas Album, Columbia Records, 2008
- Kelli O'Hara-Wonder in the World, Ghostlight Records, 2008-Appeared on Billboard's Jazz Chart, Peaked at the #12 position
- Harry Connick Jr.-Oh My Nola, Columbia Records, 2007
- Harry Connick Jr.-Chanson du Vieux Carre: Connick on Piano, Volume 3, Marsalis Music/Rounder Records, 2007-Grammy Nominated Song, "Ash Wednesday", for Best Instrumental Composition and Best Instrumental Arrangement.
- Lucien Barbarin- It's Good to be Home, Independent, 2007
- Dany Brilllant- Histoire D' Un Amour, Sony BMG/Soul Latin Jazz Production, 2007
- Michael Kaeshammer- Days Like These, Alert Music Inc., 2007
- Harry Connick Jr.-Harry On Broadway, Act I, Columbia Records, 2006
- Harry Connick Jr.-Only You, Columbia Records, 2004-Grammy Nominated for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
- Dany Brilllant-Jazz... A La Nouvelle Orleans, Columbia Records/Soul Latin Jazz Production, 2004 Harry Connick Jr.-Harry for the Holidays, Columbia Records, 2003
- Harry Connick Jr.-Other Hours: Connick On Piano, Volume 1, Marsalis/Rounder, 2003
- Maria Muldaur -A Woman Alone with the Blues...Remembering Peggy Lee, Telarc Records, 2003
- Marsalis Family-A Jazz Celebration, Marsalis Music/Rounder Records, 2003
- Harry Connick Jr.-Songs I Heard, Columbia Records, 2001-Grammy Award Winner for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
- Kermit Ruffins-1533 St. Philip Street, Basin Street Records, 2001
- Harry Connick Jr.-Come By Me, Columbia Records, 1999-Grammy Nominated for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
- John Ussery and the Full Tilt Blues Band -Cryin and Screamin, Full Tilt Records, 1999 Harry Connick Jr.-To See You, Columbia Records, 1997