Billy Carrión
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Billy Carrión

West New York, New Jersey, United States | INDIE

West New York, New Jersey, United States | INDIE
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"West New York Reporter, NJ"

The Latin music charts are abuzz with Billy Carrion’s newest single and album of the same title, “Esta Fiesta,” which translates from Spanish into “This Party.”

Eight years in the making, through a collaborative effort between Carrion and a cast of musicians and friends, the record was released in April, and has reached the Top 10 charts in radio stations in Tampa, Fla., and online salsa stations.

Internationally, Carrion has reached the Top 10 charts in Colombia and even has fans hailing from Japan, Peru, and France. As a musician, Carrion has performed all over the world.

Yet, what you may not know is that all this partying is based in your own backyard. Carrion has lived in West New York for over 11 years.

Click on link for more __________ - Hudson Reporter

"A Great Day In Salsa!"

The NY Post Tempo section captures the legends of Salsa music and the origins of the art form.

Inspired by the classic Art Kane photograph, "A Great Day in Harlem," which captured portraits of jazz legends on a Harlem stoop in 1958, our "A Great Day in Salsa" photo sought to commemorate the iconic musicians who play this unique Puerto Rican genre -- salsa dura.

While Boricuas from here and the island created the sound, there have been major contributions by Cubans, Dominicans (flautist Johnny Pacheco and singer Jose Alberto "El Canario" and non-Latinos (like pianist Larry Harlow). All were present.

The artists traveled from all parts of the country: Crooners Cheo Feliciano and Ismael Miranda flew in from Puerto Rico, Tito Nieves from Orlando and pianist Oscar Hernandez from California.

Billy Carrion was one of the Salsa legends and appears on the left side of said famus photo.

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New York Post A behind the scenes peek at the historic Great Day in Salsa photo shoot!
- New York Post.

"Herd On The Street"

On any given day, Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, is home to about 100,000 people. But by Sunday, it seems a good part of the western coastal city will be partying on Fifth Ave.

The city, to which this year’s Puerto Rican parade is dedicated, is sending dozens of neighborhood groups, aficionado clubs, musicians, civic organizations, dance troupes, beauty queens and even members of the Eugenio María de Hostos High School class of 1959.

“They are bringing loads of people,” said Madelyn Lugo, president of the parade. “It’s going to be a huge contingent.”
Mayagüez Mayor José Guillermo Rodríguez will lead the contingent. Among the colorful and musical floats, the roaring antique cars and baton-twirling majorettes will be some of the finest Mayagüez musicians. Billy Carrión and His Orchestra is one of the featured performers.

Carrión, born in New York and raised in Mayagüez, feels just as attached to the city most famously known as La Sultana del Oeste (The Sultaness, or queen, of the West), as when he lived there as a boy and young man.

“I will be marching with my mayor,” said Carrión, who lives in New York, in reference to Rodríguez. “I am who I am because of Mayagüez.”

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"TAXI / Esta Fiesta Billy Carrion Review"

“Esta Fiesta groves nicely with a sweet tumbao, the music sounds authentic nice job!. Its obvious the arrangements were designed to create the best possible platform for Billy’s vocals enabling him to do his thing in the best form in the spirit of DeLeon, Blades, Arsenio Rodriguez, Hector Lavoe & Ismael Miranda. It’s a pleasure to hear the tradition alive and well, keep singing Billy and good luck! - TAXI

"Billy Carrion ESTA FIESTA (France)"

Salsa 404 France
by Chabelita Parmi les amateurs de salsa peu connaissent Billy Carrion, pourtant le choriste de Ray Barretto était loin de passer inaperçu. Le plus souriant, chaleureux et avenant qu’on ait rencontré. Un personnage à part surtout lorsqu’on connait son véritable métier à New York.William Carrión Jr. est né un 19 mars à New York et a grandi à Mayagüez (Puerto Rico) à partir de l’âge de 5 ans, alors baigné de musique. A 16 ans il commence comme chanteur de rock. Et c’est un concert de la Fania qui lui donne le goût de la salsa. On lui offre peu après l’opportunité de chanter avec l’orchestre "la Solución" auprès de Frankie Ruíz.

Il quitte son île pour New York où il rejoint son frère Gary Carrión qui chantait dans l’orchestre de Larry Harlow. Billy intègre les orchestres : conjunto la Clave, Alma Caliente, la Fuerza Latina.

De 1985 à 1987 il rejoint Ray Barretto et son chanteur Rey Saba, ce sont les premiers voyages en Europe, aux USA et Canada.

Johnny Pacheco l’intègre à son groupe aux côtés de Pete "El Conde" Rodríguez et Héctor Casanova, pour des tournées en Espagne, au Venezuela et à San Francisco.

Avec Luís "Périco" Ortíz, il travaille sur l’album "Vuelvo otra ves", puis sur "The man his trumpet his music are back". Ils partent en tournée jusqu’au Japon (et enregistrent un disque spécial pour le marché japonais).

Plus tard il fait partie du conjunto Libre de Manny Oquendo
De 2003 au décès du conguero, il a réintégré les choeurs de l’orchestre de Barretto.

Après ses nombreuses expériences il a décidé de créer son propre orchestre.

Son album "Esta fiesta" [© 2009 Ombligo Music (884502033366)] en vente et en écoute sur CD Baby, comporte neuf chansons dédiées à la fête :

- SALSA 404 / France /

"Esta Fiesta Billy Carrion"

“Billy Carrion a long time singer on the scene in New York, has produced a pretty great SALSA Dura release, one that rocks on the whoomp of his own baritone saxophone. The sounds of the full bore Puerto Rican orchestras shows up, with a baritone heavy horn charts filling up space. There’s Plena, and a Bolero, and some Merengue too. It’s all done well.
Highly Recomended - by Peter Watrous


“Esta Fiesta”
Lead Vocalist; Maracas, & Back up vocals; Producer Band leader
Ombligo Music April 2009
Available at

“Que Tenga Sabor”
Lead Vocalist Orquesta Los Rodríguez Combo Records
“Vuelvo Otra Vez” Lead Vocals & Maracas Luís Perico Ortiz
Dialen Records

“The Man His Trumpet & His Music are Back” Lead Vocalist & Maracas Luis Perico Ortiz
Dialen Records

“Cowboy Rumba”
Coro Maracas Ned Sublette
Island Records

“Romantic Salsa In Christmas Time”
Tropical All Stars Lead Vocalist & Maracas; JAPAN

“Luis Perico Ortiz & Friends At Valley Cottage” Lead Vocalist & Maracas; JAPAN

Caetano Veloso
Spanish Vocalist in the song “For a Da Ordem”. BRASIL

“Éxitos Vol 1 & 2 “ Luis Perico Ortiz Lead Vocalist & Maracas



Billy Carrión and his orchestra represents all the best of our Latin music. From the Folkloric and the Traditional, to the Progressive side of Latin Music with some influences of Jazz. Its concept, the technique, the communication, the spirit, the complex compositions, sophisticated arrangements and a masterful execution that rewards attention. Billy Carrión is a versatile vocalist that has gained a place among the most acclaimed and respected figures in the Latin Music world. A unique vocal style Influenced by rhythms such as: Afro Antillean, Jazz, Rock, and R&B.As a vocalist Billy worked with musical legends of our Salsa Music such as: Ray Barreto, Johnny Pacheco, Eddie Palmieri, Luís Perico Ortiz, Orquesta Los Rodríguez, La Solución, Manny Oquendo y Libre, Ned Sublette …His new CD, “Esta Fiesta” features exceptional musicality, soulful, melodic singing and stellar interplay, making this a masterful offering for any music lover. CD includes his new hits “Esta Fiesta" , “Tengo La Noche Lista Para Ti” & “Sola”.
Billy & His Orchestra has performed in Los Angeles; Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, New York; Elizabeth, New jersey; Puerto Rico; Cali, Colombia.
During his musical career Billy has performed on stages around the world in places such as: France, Japan, Germany, England, Holland, Brussels, USA, Perú, Venezuela, Guatemala, España, California, Switzerland, Canada, Santo Domingo, Puerto Rico.