Lehman Center for the Performing Arts is proud to present JOSE ALBERTO “EL CANARIO” and SEPTETO SANTIAGUERO, together for the first time at Lehman Center celebrating their LATIN GRAMMY® for the Best Traditional Tropical Album Tributo A Los Compadres: No Quiero Llanto, and nominated in the 2016 American GRAMMY®’s for Best Tropical Latin Album. JOSE ALBERTO “EL CANARIO” and SEPTETO SANTIAGUERO will perform on Saturday, April 15th, 2017 at 8pm with a special presentation by Sonny Bravo, Johnny Rodriguez, Camilo Azuquita, and Jose Alberto “El Canario”, memories of TIPICA 73. Produced by Lehman Center and José Raposo.
Lehman Center for the Performing Arts is on the campus of Lehman College/CUNY at 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West, Bronx, NY 10468. Tickets for JOSE ALBERTO “EL CANARIO” and SEPTETO SANTIAGUERO on Saturday, April 15th 2017 at 8pm are $125*, $65, $60, and $50 and can be purchased by calling the Lehman Center box office at 718-960-8833(Monday through Friday, 10am–5pm, and beginning at 12 noon on the day of the concert), or through online access atwww.LehmanCenter.org. *New This Season: HAVANA CAFÉ and Lehman Center special VIP pre-concert wine & hors d’oeuvres reception starting at 6:30pm. VIP tickets are $125 and include the reception and the best seats in the house.Lehman Center is accessible by #4 or D train to Bedford Park Blvd. and is off the Saw Mill River Parkway and the Major Deegan Expressway. Low-cost on-site parking available for $5.
JOSE ALBERTO “EL CANARIO” is nicknamed El Canario (The Canary) because of his exquisite voice and amazing ability to use his highly melodious whistling skills as a soloing instrument. Now celebrating his 41st year as a sonero, he is one of the most successful and respected artists on the salsa music scene with a recording history that includes 25 albums. Born in Puerto Rico, Alberto relocated to New York City in the early ‘70s and sang with several orchestras, receiving international attention in 1977 as the lead vocalist of the ground-breaking ensemble TÍPICA’73 on recordings that include Salsa Encendida(1978), Charangueando con La Típica’73 (1980) and Into the 80s (1981). After being featured as a vocalist onLouie Ramirez’ 1982 production Noche Caliente, the first album to give popular Spanish ballads an uptempo treatment, Jose Alberto became a major Latin star. Forming his own group in 1983, he recorded three albums on the Sono Max label titledTípicamente (1984), Canta Canario (1985) and Latino Style (1986). He had an international smash-hit album in 1988 withSueño Contigo and followed up a year later with Mis Amores, also a chart topper. In the 90s, Alberto recorded several hit recordings including Dance with Me (1991) produced by GRAMMY® winner Sergio George in the (then) new Salsa Romántica style, followed by Llegó la Hora (1992) with the world-wide hit tracks “Nada se Compara Contigo” and “Discúlpeme Señora.” In 1994 he recorded De Pueblo y Con Clase and in ’95, the album On Time, notably featuring a duet with the undisputed Queen of Salsa, Celia Cruz, with whom he frequently toured. His 1997 Tributo a Machito featured guest GRAMMY winners Tito Puente and Dave Valentín. In 2011, Alberto’s album Original was nominated for a GRAMMY® awardand he won a 2013 Latin GRAMMY® Award as a featured vocalist on Sergio George Presents Salsa Giants. Recent recordings include Intimamente Salsero Live (2012), Romantico y Rumbero (2014) and 2015’s Latin GRAMMY®-winning Best Traditional Tropical Album Tributo A Los Compadres: No Quiero Llanto.
SEPTETO SANTIAGUERO is a Cuban son group, deeply rooted in the traditional music from their hometown Santiago de Cuba, the cradle of son and bolero. The group was founded by Fernando Dewar in 1995 at the famous Casa de la Trovmusic club, with several members of his previous band Melodias de Ayer to explore the different faces of Cuban music, with an emphasis on the traditional through a fresh contemporary perspective within the format of septet. Their eight albums have featured legendary music icons including Jose Alberto “El Canario”, Cheo Feliciano, Rubén Blades, Oscar D’Leon, Eliades Ochoa, Andy Montañez, Ismael Miranda, Aymee Nuviola, Reinaldo Creagh, Tiburón Morales, Edwin Bonilla, Jimmy Bosch, Edwin Colón Zayas, Alejandro Almenares, Luisito Quintero and more. In 2011 and 2013 the albumsVamos Pa’ La Fiesta and Oye Mi Son Santiaguero won the Cubadisco Awards and were both nominated for Latin GRAMMY®s. Their most recent album, Tributo A Los Compadres: No Quiero Llanto, a collaboration with salsa legend Jose Alberto “El Canario”, was awarded the Cubadisco Award, as well as the 2015 Latin GRAMMY® Award for Best Traditional Tropical Album. Also nominated in the 2016 American GRAMMY®’s for Best Tropical Latin Album, this unique project and collaboration received the Excellencies of Art Award back in the group’s native Cuba.
Lehman Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council. The 2016-2017 season is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and through corporations, foundations and private donations.
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Jose Alberto and Septeto Santiaguero