jose Eduardo Mendoza Lopez (Director)
Mark Carr-Rollitt (Administrator)
Tamara Gough (SINGER)
The Count: Eduardo Mendoza (Director, guitar, singer)
Before moving to Canada, Eduardo Mendoza was a professional musician in
Cuba for sixteen years. A singer, composer, and arranger, Eduardo
travelled all over Cuba performing as the lead singer in several bands,
appearing on radio and television, and recording CD’s. He has composed
more than 60 songs—many of which are known in his native Cuba.
Following a performance at the Jubilee Theatre in Summerside, The
Guardian called Eduardo "one of the definite highlights," adding, "you
know you're good when you get your audience singing along to stuff they
don't even understand." Eduardo plays guitar and violin. He and his wife
moved to Charlottetown from Gatineau in February 2006.
Mark Carr-Rollitt has a passion for traditional, world beat, jazz,
classical, and blues music forms. He has studied classical and flamenco
guitar, and African, Latin, Baltic, and Gypsy rhythms—before making
the Island his home, he played flamenco guitar and percussion in
Toronto. Prior to adding a little "picante” spice to The Cuban
Cocktail, Mark was a member of the island group, The Knot, and has
played with Tanya Davis and Scott Parsons.
Jonathon Holmes has to be the hardest-working, most versatile drummer
on PEI. When he’s not adding an Afro-Cuban beat to The Count and the
Cuban Cocktail, he’s rocking it out with local band, Fugato. Jonathon
lays down the rhythms that’ll have you on the dance floor in no time.
Jessica Willis is the “mad scientist” in the group—she’s a 4th
year UPEI student doing her honors degree in biology with a minor in
chemistry. Her musical background lies with jazz and funk, and she has
received various awards across Canada for outstanding soloist. Island
born and raised, she has been playing the saxophone for more than 8
years. She has taken every opportunity to sit in with expert musicians
in order to give the Cuban Cocktail that extra pizz
Jenna MacDonald is a long-time music lover who has always sung as if no
one were listening. She has always loved to sing along to choirs and
others and she brings a pretty voice and a lot of fun to “the
Tamara Gough probably looks familiar. She has played and sung in a few
island bands like Groove Gurus and Fugato. Or maybe you’ve caught her
singing at one of many fundraising events such as Baraka or the Mayflower event. Tamara graduated in 2004 from UPEI with a BA and a major in music. You won’t be able to miss her—she’s the one with
the sweet voice who doesn’t stop grooving to the music.