Salsa icon Cheo Feliciano and legendary heartthrob Ismael Miranda, with the Grammy Award-winning Spanish Harlem Orchestra, led by musical director Oscar Hernandez, and special guest, Cuban Tres guitar master Nelson González, will stage a sizzling salsa extravaganza at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts for ONE NIGHT ONLY on Saturday, October 1, 2005, at 8 PM. Cheo Feliciano will perform such passionate hits as "Anacaona," "Juguete," and "Salomé," and Ismael Miranda will sing hot chart-toppers "Así se compone un son," "Borinquen tiene montuno," and "Señor sereno."
Cheo Feliciano is a true living legend, with a poetic lyricism few romantic singers can match and an ability to improvise and sing many different rhythms, ranking him as one of the best vocalists in Afro-Latin music history. As a composer, he has spawned the classics "El Ratón" and "Como Ríen." Moving from his native Ponce to NYC at age 17, Feliciano began his career as a percussionist. His big break came while working as a "band boy" for Tito Rodriguez, when, on Rodriguez's recommendation, he auditioned and became the singer for the Joe Cuba Sextet, recording 17 albums. By 1965, Feliciano lent sensual vocals to New York's finest Latin bands, including Eddie Palmieri's. After a three-year hiatus, Feliciano returned to the music scene in 1972 with the historic recording Cheo, which broke all sales records for the Vaya label with such hits as "Anacaona," "Mi triste problema," and "Si por mí llueve." He also recorded numerous hits for Fania, and his works were featured in the first salsa opera, "Hommy."
Ismael Miranda pioneered salsa singing in his native Aguada, Puerto Rico, forming bands by age eleven and, as a teenager, recording his first hit song, "Rumbón melon," with Joey Pastrana. He recorded several hit albums with Larry Harlow's orchestra, including 1968's "Orquesta Harlow presenta a Ismael Miranda," and composed several songs with Harlow, including "La revolución," "El malecón," and "Lamento cubano." As the Fania All Stars' youngest member at nineteen, he earned the title "El Niño Bonito de la Salsa" or "the pretty boy of salsa." In '73 the title track of his debut album with his own Orquesta Revelación, Así se compone un son, was a smash hit in Latin America, the US, and Europe. Miranda has recorded more than 20 albums and composed many hits, including "Pa' Bravo Yo."
The Spanish Harlem Orchestra, directed by Oscar Hernandez, the 2004 Grammy winners for Best Salsa/Merengue Album for the critically acclaimed Across 110th Street, were just nominated for a 2005 Latin Grammy for Best Salsa Album. The hottest group on the New York scene - from Carnegie Hall to the dance halls of the South Bronx -- they've set the standard and become the band of choice for the city's Salsa dancers, while making a huge splash on the international touring circuit. Named Best New Artist at the 2003 Billboard Latin Music Awards, they were also nominated for a Grammy Award in 2002 for Best Salsa Album of the Year. With all-star musicians such as Jimmy Bosch and Ray De La Paz, and with a style both modern and historic, the Spanish Harlem Orchestra is the signature sound of 21st Century Latin music.
Nelson González has become the definitive sound of the Cuban Tres guitar, which he discovered during weekly jam sessions with other future Latin stars at the New York home of Andy and Jerry González during the '60s. González has played with every major Latin band and several pop artists, including Paul Simon, with whom he collaborated on the Broadway musical "Capeman." González has been featured on seven Grammy-winning recordings and tours regularly with Cachao, Eddie Palmieiri, and the Conga Kings.
Coming soon to Lehman Center: Grupo Aguakate, Joseito Mateo, Luis Kalaff, and Coco Merenson on Saturday, November 5 at 8 PM, and Salsapalooza with Eddie Palmieri, India and Kevin Ceballo on Friday, November 18 at 8 PM.