Originally from Brooklyn NYC, Brooklyn Connection has been singing acappella doo wop for more than 35 years. This is a diversified group with five professional singers. Each member has a minimum of 50 years singing experience and have all worked with recorded groups. Their harmonies are impeccable and they have excellent stage presence. Members are now spread out between NYC and central New Jersey.
“The Brooklyn Connection”
The Brooklyn Connection is made up of 5 passionate and talented performers with 50 year of experience. Their journey began in the 70’s when then lead singer Mickey Zayas formed the group. Through his dynamic lead vocals the group quickly rose to fame in their entertainment circle. Through the years, with various personnel changes the group has grown into a force to be reckoned with and has appeared at The famous Beacon Theater, Studio 54, Roseland, Trax, Bumsteads, Don K Reeds Doo Wop Shop as well as many New York and New Jersey supper clubs. Some of the acts they have opened for include the late great Johnny Maestro, The Skyliners, The Spaniels, and The Cadillacs to name a few.
Among their accomplishments are being crowned Acapella champions in 1991 at the Skyland Hotel in New Jersey.
Today the group is comprised of 5 dynamic, accomplished and seasoned professionals that bring a harmonious blend of their voices to the stage that will captivate audiences everywhere.
The Brooklyn Connection is always ready to wow their audiences at any affair with or without musical accompaniment.
Nelson (Tino) Alvarez: Lead & 1st. Tenor
Native to Williamsburg Brooklyn, Tino the passionate tenor has performed with many well known groups such as, Dino & the Heartspinners, Norman Fox & the RobRoys, The Larkings, Malo and the Brooklyn Connection. Tino also accompanied on vocals for legendary greats such as Baby Washington, Chuck Carbo, Willie Winfield, George Grant & Cleo Perry to name a few. Tino has recorded, as well as performed, to a sell-out audience with Norman Fox & the RobRoys at Radio City Music Hall in 1992. He also performed with The Larkings at UGHA. He has appeared at major venues within the Tri-State as well as Nationally. Tino the passionate voice of The Brooklyn Connection is a true professional.
Warren Tesoro: Lead & 2nd Tenor
Born in the Bronx, grew up in Williamsburg Brooklyn. Warren started his career performing with his brother, and Mickey Zayas of Brooklyn Connection fame in 1961. In the late 60’s Warren joined up with Latin bands as a percussionist, recorded LP for speed records produced by Morty Craft. In 1975 Warren recorded with Gary Toms Empire. Their hit record reached 6th. On the R&B charts and sold 30,000 copies in the first week, toured the USA, played the famous Apollo Theater for 1 week. He also appeared on Dick Clarks American Bandstand and Ebony Fair. He opened up for Saturday Night Live in the 90’s, appeared with Mickey Zayas and his group at the legendary Burlington Doowop Concert in 1983. Along with Mickey he backed up such greats as George Grant, Baby Washington, Willie Winfield and many more too numerous to name. All this while being an intricate part of Colony Records management team.
Warren is once again the energetic lead and second tenor of the Brooklyn Connection.
Les Levine: Bass
Bass man Extraordinaire first entered into the music business on a recording featuring Hall of Fame inductee Paul Simon and Ritchie Cordell on the “Rori” label for the 1962 hit recording of Tick Tock. In the late 1970’s through the early 1990’s Les was a key figure in the forming of the fabled Acapella group “BQE” (Brooklyn Queens Express) He then went on to work and record with “The Arrogants” of Canadian Sunset fame. His talent was also present with The Excellents
of Coney Island Baby fame featured on Bob Kretzschmar’s Starlight Discs Label, Volume two.
During his career Les has worked with greats like Silk City, The Tribunes, and in early 1995 was recruited into the legendary DelVikings of Come go with me & Whispering Bells fame. Les has also appeared with Frankie Lymons Teenagers. Mr. Levine brings an unprecedented bass resonance to The Brooklyn Connection that is unmatched.
Tony Aquino: Lead & 2nd. Tenor
My career started in 1963 as a guitarist when I formed my first band “The Starfires” and performed at local school dances and neighborhood venues. Being born and raised in Brooklyn I had many influences to guide me along the way. I played and sung lead in many groups through the years until 1972 when I formed a group I was honored to play guitar with for 20 years, Memories. We were an intricate part of the Brooklyn and Staten Island bar scene until one day I was approached to record a demo 45 for an unknown song writer who later used my voice to sell the song and have it recorded by David Soul of Starsky & Hutch fame, (Don’t give up on us baby)
I then joined and sung with The Concepts an Acapella group during the UGHA days. I then move on to form the Nostalgix where we were fortunate enough to open the Richard Nader Show at the famed Meadowlands Arena in 2007. In 2016 I was asked to sing with The Brooklyn Connection to help celebrate the life of their former and infamous lead sing Mickey Zayas. They were overcome with pride to be able to relive the days before Mickey’s unfortunate passing, and asked me to join them as a permanent member of the group. I will always remember Mickey and do my best to keep his legacy alive with every lead vocal I perform.
Cal Ng Lead & Baritone
Born in San Francisco, and raised on the lower east side of NYC. My parents were Theatrical Entertainers who toured the world in a renowned Chinese Opera Troup. I started singing at the age of 8, mentored and influenced by members of The Crests and The Roulettes. In 1965 I formed and performed with a all Chinese quartet and recorded the song, Strangers in Paradise. My professional working career was with the Harry Fox Agency as the music licensing director for audio & visual rights on behalf of Warner Brothers, Columbia, United Artists and many more. In 1987 I joined the Brooklyn Connection and within the next 30 years I recorded with The Bravado’s, Blue Velvet and Image on Starlite Records. I also performed with many bands and Acapella groups opening for such acts as The Brooklyn Bridge, Drifters, Teenagers and many others. I am happy to say that The Brooklyn Connection has been reunited and are performing to sell out crowds once again.
Together these 5 professionals bring experience and a powerful and dynamic sound to the stage. Along with crowd appeal and harmonies that will certainly awaken your senses.