Sammy Gonzalez Jr

Sammy Gonzalez Jr

BandLatin

Hot, electrifing,moving salsa band that has traveled the world and just makes you want to dance SALSA!!!

Biography

Sammy Gonzalez was born on June 9, 1961 in Brooklyn NY; His parents immigrated to New York from Puerto Rico and settled down in Brooklyn, a Hispanic ghetto in New York. His mother sang in a church choir and his father loved to sing ballads and was told by many that he had a beautiful voice. Sammy Gonzalez attended the city's public school system where he was constantly exposed to music. He was inspired growing up in the 70’s by Hector Lavoe and Willie Colon, Ruben Blades, Celia Cruz, and then as time went by Ismael Miranda, Tony Vega, Gilberto Santa Rosa (who is his Idol) that made him determined to someday sing on a stage like the greats - something that did not come easy!!!

In the early 80’s he started singing with a local band that had just got formed called La Evolucion Latina, He rehearsed and played freebies with them for over a year. One day he was called on to sing with a great Baritone player and band leader by the name of Ray (rico) Rodriguez y la Herencia Latina of where many great musicians came out of. He was with them a few years when in one of there performances there was an other great artist in the audience looking and listening to Sammy Gonzalez Jr. sing, his name was “Louie Ramirez”. By way of a musician who played with Louie who new Sammy he was asked to come and sing with Louie Ramirez y La Super Banda of which the union lasted for 6 ½ years. He did three recordings with Louie “El Genio, Louie and Friends, Tribute to Cal Jader” of which the song Good Night My Love was played by Frankie Crocker of WBLS before his signature closing song for over a year. In 1992 when Louis Ramirez and Ray De La Paz got back together to do Otra Noche Caliente, Sammy Gonzalez Jr. joined up with Johnny Ray y Salsa Con Clase of which till today have 8 CD’S recorded with many hits like “Secretos de Amor, Suavecito, Tienes la mente loca, you’re my everything-rerecorded, Puerto Rico-rerecorded, and many more” In 1994 Sammy Gonzalez Jr. teamed up and recorded a CD with Tito Rodriguez Jr. titled ECLIPSE of which a hit emerged titled “Mujer Erotica” which is written and composed by Sammy Gonzalez Jr. and did all the lead vocals for the recording. A long friendship begins with this recording which till this day is 15 years together.

Along the way he is doing projects with The Big Three Palladium Orchestra and others has garnered him continuous praise, "... Sammy Gonzalez Jr. has performed for capacity crowds at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, The Concord Jazz Festival in San Francisco and the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. Additional concerts in Ravinia Festival, Chicago, Tanglewood Festival, Ma., Detroit Concert of Colors, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, University of Texas, San Antonio, California State University, Los Angeles, Jacksonville Florida Jazz Festival, Milan and Rome, Italy, Pori Jazz Festival, Finland and The Vic-Fezensac Festival, France. La Plaza Mayor, Madrid, Spain. Burghausen Jazz Fest, Germany. The Ottawa Canada Jazz fest, Jazz a Vienna, France, The Istanbul, Turkey Jazz Festival just to name a few and has traveled all around the world from Morroco to Moscow and from Istanbul to the Vatican in Rome. In 2004 he recorded the album “Live At The Bluenote” with the Big Three Orchestra and has recorded with Johnny Ray some great CD’S as of late dedicated to Puerto Rico, Colombia, and a Crossover English salsa album and the Christmas CD in 2008 “Estrella de Navidad”.

So with over 24 years under his belt and performing with artists on stage of the likes of Marc Anthony, Joe Arroyo, Ray Barreto, Ruben Blades, Conjunto Clasico, Willie Colon, El Gran Combo, Celia Cruz, Oscar De Leon, Fajardo, La India, Demencion Latina, Hector Lavoe, Millie y Los Vecinos, Machito Jr, Grupo Niche, Tito Nieves, Tommy Olivencia, Johnny Pacheco, Sonora Ponsena, Puerto Rican Power, Tito Puente, Jerry Rivera, Tito Rodriguez Jr, Willie Rosario, Eddie Santiago, Bobby Valentin, Johnny Ventura, Fernandito Villalona, Franky Ruiz, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Ray De La Paz, Paul Simon and many many more Sammy Gonzalez Jr. Is ready to go out as a solo artist.

Discography

I have over 12 recordings as lead vocals with many super latin artists like Johnny Ray, Tito Rodriguez Jr. The Big Three Palladium Orchestra, ( The sons of the three legends tito puente, machito, tito rodriguez) also Louie Ramirez, And Eddie Torrez the salsa dancer. Many which have been played all over the world!!!

Set List

1 long 90 min. set 10 -12 songs or 2 45 min. sets 5 songs each