Three eras of Latin music will be exalted as the Fania All Stars get together once again to celebrate the 50th year anniversary in music of their beloved musical director, Johnny Pacheco on Friday, October 20th at The Theater at Madison Square Garden, beginning at 8 p.m.
The genre's of Charanga, Tumbao and Salsa, in which Pacheco has excelled at different times during his incredible musical career will be presented in a once in a lifetime concert by the Fania All Stars, the most prolific ensemble of Latin music in history.
A galaxy of stars of the category of Bobby Valent’n, Roberto Roena, Papo Lucca, Ismael Miranda, Adalberto Santiago, Yomo Toro, Nicky Marrero, Eddie Montalvo, Hector "Bomberito" Zarzuela, Pupi Lagarreta, Lepoldo Pineda, Reynaldo Jorge and Jimmy Bosch will relive the Golden Era of Salsa that, led by Johnny Pacheco and the Fania All Stars took the world by storm almost 40 years ago
Fania's gang will be joined by a world-class group the includes Eddie Zervigon and Jose Fajardo Jr., along with Hector Casanova, Ray Viera and Pacheco's own "Tumbao A–ejo." In addition, guest artist such as "The Queen of Merengue" Milly Quezada and "The World's Sonero" Oscar D'Leon guarantee that the tribute will be the musical celebration of a lifetime indeed. A host of other guest artists that are invited to perform will make Salsa reach the rafters.
For more that six decades, Johnny Pacheco has been a mainstay of the Latin music world. The creator of a 1950s dance craze known as the Pachanga, Johnny Pacheco has been a gifted musician since his childhood. The son of Rafael Azarias Pacheco, a bandleader and clarinetist in the famous Santa Cecilia Orchestra, Pacheco was into Latin music since his childbirth. Under his father's watchful eye Johnny was soon playing a variety of instruments and after moving into New York City at 11, the youngster continued his musical experience assimilating the musical cultural expression that has made the city of New York into a world's cultural center.
There was no doubt, the kid born in Santiago de los Caballeros, in the Dominican Republic, was on his way to become one of the most important Latin musicians of all time.
Soon Pacheco was playing the accordion, violin, saxophone and clarinet. To further his education, the precocious lad attended the Julliard School of Music where he studied percussion and soon became one of the best percussionists of the era. Moving into the renowned Xavier Cugat«s Orchestra he became a mainstay on the band and further honed his skills under the tutelage of one of the most important band leaders of all time.
His desire to learn took him to a new instrument, the flute, and as a flutist he became one of the best in the ever growing Latin music movement. It was this instrument the one that made him an icon amongst Latin music lovers.
With the Fania All Stars, Pacheco found his mark and became the sun of the Latin music universe. His pioneering spirit made him a respected band leader and his partnership with Jerry Masucci brought Salsa to every corner of the planet.
As co-founder of Fania Records, Johnny Pacheco launched the careers of many of the young stars that became fixtures on the label, such as Ruben Blades, Hector Lavoe, Cheo Feliciano, Willie Colon, and Pete "El Conde" Rodriguez amongst many others. Furthermore, his capacity as a great musician was instrumental in turning Celia Cruz into "The Queen of Salsa."
A true legend, Pacheco has nine Grammy nominations, ten Gold records and numerous awards that have recognized his talent and serve as an everlasting tribute to his creative talent a