Alvarado, Mickey

Percussionist Miguel Angel “Mickey” Alvarado was born and raised in Coamo, Puerto Rico. He began his musical career performing with Orquesta Guajay, while still attending high school. He studied music at the Interamerican University in San German, Puerto Rico, where he specialized in Percussion.

While attending college he played with Orquesta Casave. Shortly after graduating from college, he began working in Puerto Rico with Antonio ‘El Topo’ Caban Vale, and the Philharmonic Orchestra of San German.

Alvarado relocated to Las Vegas over 20 years ago, where he has worked with such well known artists as Paul Anka, Chuck Mangione, Clint Holmes, Charo, Anita Sarawak, Noriko, Sparx and Nocy, to name a few. Alvarado is recognized as one of the premier Latin Percussionist and conga artist in Las Vegas.

He has performed with numerous local Las Vegas jazz and Latin bands such as Tropical Splash, Latin Breeze, Rick Arroyo’s Latin Jazz Ensemble, Monica Ortiz and Segio Alberti. He has also shared the stage with numerous Latin music acts such as Tito Puente, Yari Moré and Alex Acuña.

Alvarado has performed as a featured soloist with the Nevada Jazz Orchestra on a three part “Latin Connection” PBS television special in 2002. He has also appeared on various Christmas television specials in Puerto Rico, such as El Regreso and the Banco Popular de Puerto Rico Christmas Special, sharing the stage with Tony Croatto and Danny Rivera.

Alvarado can be found performing regularly at the Rum Jungle at the Mandalay Bay Resort and at times with Tommy Alvarado’s Jazz Ensemble.