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Kickstarter Campaign: Little Johnny Rivero to release “Golpe Duro!”

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. Little Johnny Rivero CD release, The Music In Me event at SOB. Sept. 29, 2016.

Welcome friends and family! We are gathered here for a celebration: To commemorate 45 joyful years of Latin music artistry, legendary conguero, percussionist, producer, songwriter and bandleader Little Johnny Rivero has hit the ground running with his newest project, “Golpe Duro!” There’s some hardcore salsa dura coming your way with this album, which will include at least eight original compositions and the hottest salsa musicians in NYC, Puerto Rico and Venezuela, including the great Eddie Palmieri!

Little Johnny is currently on tour with 10-time Grammy Award winner Eddie Palmieri, and has performed with some of the most highly-respected acts in the game such as Charlie Palmieri, Cheo Feliciano, Andy Montañez, Ruben Blades, Ray Barretto, Bobby Valentin, Descarga Boricua All-Stars, RMM All-Stars, and Sergio George, among many others.

It’s our dream to bring this project to you at the highest quality we possibly can, but it’s an expensive undertaking that we can only achieve with your help. Any contribution that you’re able to make brings us one step closer to bringing this milestone celebration of Latin music tradition to life!

Check the rewards because we are offering things that may never be available again, and many are also exclusive to this Kickstarter project! This is your chance to score signed CDs, signed Bongo heads, autographed Bongo heads, Djembe heads, percussion lessons, a canvas print of the album cover, Giovanni LP bongos, or a signed Iya Bata drum.

Kickstarter Campaign:http://kickstarter.com

Biography

  Legendary conguero, percussionist, producer, composer, bandleader Little Johnny was born in New York City to Puerto Rican parents. As a child, he was drawn to the rhythms of the rumberos who played at Jefferson and Randall’s Island parks.

Legendary conguero, percussionist, producer, composer, bandleader Little Johnny was born in New York City to Puerto Rican parents. As a child, he was drawn to the rhythms of the rumberos who played at Jefferson and Randall’s Island parks.

At age fourteen Little Johnny joined Orquesta Colón, the youngest Latin band in New York City at the time, with them he recorded two albums. Johnny then moved to Puerto Rico with his parents where he joined La Sonora Ponceña.

After playing bongos with the band for a year and a half he switched to congas, which rekindled the love affair he had begun with this instrument as a small child.

During the sixteen years Little Johnny played with La Sonora Ponceña he recorded eighteen highly respected albums with them.
Currently, Lil’ Johnny is touring extensively all over the world with the winner of nine Grammy awards, Eddie Palmieri. In addition, Johnny continues to work at studio sessions and perform with many of the biggest and most respected acts in latin music including his own band.

Johnny’s first solo effort, “Pasos Gigantes” has been very well received by critics and music fans alike. Johnny also wrote 12 songs and produced this CD, showcasing his compositions and playing abilities.

Rivero’s second solo effort, Music In Me, delivers a Latin-Jazz groove with underpinnings of traditional Afro-Cuban percussion and rhythms. From the relentless, driving bata voicing in “Alambique,” to the haunting background tribal chants that color “Africa My Land,” to the staccato horn runs peppered throughout the album’s title track “Music In Me” delivers a unified theme of jazzy improvisation with percussive color.

Rivero’s second solo effort, Music In Me, delivers a Latin-Jazz groove with underpinnings of traditional Afro-Cuban percussion and rhythms. From the relentless, driving bata voicing in “Alambique,” to the haunting background tribal chants that color “Africa My Land,” to the staccato horn runs peppered throughout the album’s title track “Music In Me” delivers a unified theme of jazzy improvisation with percussive color.

Little Johnny’s credits include work with Eddie Palmieri, Charlie Palmieri, Rubén Blades, Cheo Feliciano, Andy Montañez, Ismael Miranda, Ismael Quintana, Adalberto Santiago, Justo Betancourt, Bobby Valentin, Celia Cruz, Giovanni Hidalgo, Ray Barretto, Patato Valdes, Changito, Tata Guines, John Santos, Frankie Ruiz, Sergio George, Descarga Boricua All Stars, RMM All Stars, Batacumbele, Alfredo De La Fe, Victor Manuelle and Domingo Quiñones.

In the Latin Jazz field; Brian Lynch, Conrad Herwig, Dave Valentin, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Ray Appleton “Killer”, Harry Allen, Linda Ciofalo,Tim Ries (Rolling Stones) Donald Harrison, Phil Woods, David Sánchez, Miguel Zenon, Monty Alexander, Joe Locke, Kenny G, Bebo Valdes, Paquito D’ Rivera, David Murray, Kathy Watson, and many other artists.
Little Johnny has collaborated musically with three Grammy Awards Winners and endorses LP instruments.

Artist Website: http://littlejohnnyrivero.com

 

A graduate of Empire State College with a dual major in journalism and Latin American studies, Tomas Peña has spent years applying his knowledge and writing skills to the promotion of great musicians. A specialist in the crossroads between jazz and Latin music, Peña has written extensively on the subject.

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