||January 2008 -- Early in his career Dwight's experience grew as a Latin Jazz musician from the Bronx, New York which led to the good fortune of meeting Willie Colon. He collaborated with Mr. Colon and assisted in forming his first orchestra. This group caught the eye of Al Santiago of Alegre Records and also Jerry Masucci and Johnny Pacheco of Fania Records (also see publishing), the label eventually signed the band. The group went on to record one of the all time classics, "Jazzy", on Willie Colon's first album "El Malo."
What people generally don't know is how strong the contribution Dwight made as a song writing, arranger and keyboardist in the La Dynamica Band. Johnny Pacheco, co-owner of Fania Records and its recording musical Director, arranged for Hector Lavoe to record with Willie Colón on his first album "El Malo." At that time, older musicians regarded the group as a kiddie band with a terrible sound. Héctor shared the same views but after listening to the playback of Dwight's tunes "Chongui," "Quimbombo and "Jazzy," he quickly changed his opinion and joined the band.
Working all the dances in the greater New York area the group had the opportunity to work opposite Tito Puente , Charlie and Eddie Palmeri, Ricardo Ray, Tito Rodriguez, Ray Barretto, Joe Cuba, Kako plus Cal Tjader and many other quality Salsa Latin Jazz artists. When Dwight returned from vacation (a Vietnam era tour) the music business had made its regular trend change so Dwight was on to bigger and better projects.
The "in" sound was Carlos Santana who began setting a new standard. Dwight at this time formed an eight piece Latin Jazz Dance band called "The Junglerat". This group took full advantage of the lessons learned from the Salsa and Latin Jazz experience and put it to good use with a top of the line, hot dance band. The Junglerat used its knowledge of Latin jazz, and funk and worldwide dance music to tour most of Central and South America. Based in Panama (in the city not the canal zone!), the band became well known in the region for its special blend of Afro Caribbean Jazz all world music.
After the Junglerat, Dwight and James Taylor (they started in Willie's band and later led the Junglerat) took a "woodshed" gig at a club in the heart of New York's "Hells Kitchen" called the "Liquid Smoke" owned at the time by a grammar school friend. After working there for about a year, Jazz musician Robin Kenyatta heard the Latin Jazz Reggae Funk sound Dwight was performing and asked him to join his group. Mr. Kenyatta with Dwight, performed as an opening act for Ashford and Simpson, also entertaining on the same stage with many of the giants of Jazz. Mr. Kenyatta was contracted to record three albums for Atlantic Records with Dwight handling the bulk of the keyboards after joining the group. The friendships that Dwight made from this band have been long lasting. Working with Mr. Kenyatta was the "break" that Dwight needed to enter into the record making side of the business.
As a Record Producer, Arranger, and Musician many other recording projects came into focus. An example of some of the sessions: Two albums with Art Webb for Atlantic Records; Prism Records; ATV Records with Patrick Adams; Kathy Kristy for RCA Records; Two Albums with Kalyan, (crib-funk from Trinidad) for MCA Records; The Main Ingredient for RCA and Power Exchange Records (England); The Imperials (Power Exchange Records); Funky Nassau with Ray Munnings for Tammi/Island Records; Captain Conners for Norman Connors and Buddah/Arista Records; East 6th Street for Aquarian Dream Buddah Records; Luther Vandross for Cotillion Records; Carlos Garnett Power Exchange Records; Ace Spectrum for Atlantic Records; Tony Silvester Mercury Records; and many others.
During this period Dwight worked as keyboardist, percussionist in the studio or on tour with many different artists that would have an influence on his music. Some of the personalities: Bo Diddley, Barry Rogers, The Brecker Brothers, Mtume, Chaka Khan, Carlos Alomar, Bert DeCoteaux, Wah Wah Watson, Marvin Gaye, Johnny Mandel, John Suswell, Gilberto, Louie Ramirez, Charlie Palmeri, the list goes on and on.
Since Dwight's relocation back to The New York City he's not sitting still. Dwight has gathered all the necessary elements together in revamping his production, marketing, and promotion techniques with Dr Mambo and the Experience Ensemble and "The World of Jazz" radio program. Dwight's magic is in his ability to use a "World Format" to perform some exquisite African Caribbean Jazz music. How he blends Classic R&B, Classic Jazz with Salsa and African Polyrhythms is amazing. The blending sets up some fantastic listening and dance music. With the core group of musicians who share Dwight's passion for the music this group of gentlemen have developed a very unique style. The music can only be learned through a combination of music as played in the streets of the Bronx or Brooklyn NYC on any given summer day.