How Luis González began his artistic career
Luis González is one of those artists who really make Puerto Ricans proud of being born in the Island of Enchantment. The fascinating story of this boricua begins in March 1954 when he was born in the town of Arecibo, located on the north coast of Puerto Rico, the country from which he moved to look for new opportunities on U.S. soil, starting in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It was in this city where he spent most of his childhood and began his artistic career in the Youth Orchestra of this place.
A few years later, he returned to his native country and was notable for being the trumpet player of the Orquesta Concepto Latino de Arecibo, accompanying a big number of artists such as Celia Cruz, Adalberto Santiago and many others. After completing his studies at the Conservatory of Music in Milwaukee, he moved to New York, where he was part of many famous orchestras and worked with renowned artists such as Ray Barreto (whom many consider him his mentor) and Luis Perico Ortiz. Back in Puerto Rico, he worked with La Mulenze, Bobby Valentín, Willie Rosario, Roberto Roena, among other stars.
It was not until 2009 when he finally decided to give life to his own orchestra which he called Luis González Y Su Orquesta el Tsunami de La Salsa consisting of a total of 12 musicians with a long international career and an uncanny talent. At this time, it is seen as one of the best salsa orchestras in Puerto Rico in its history. The following year, he released what would be his first musical work with his new orchestra entitled Tributo A Un Gigante, which included the collaboration with Luis Perico Ortiz, Adalberto Santiago, Paquito Guzmán, Toñito Vázquez and others. This record production was recognized as one of the most outstanding of that year.
In 2015, he achieved the same feat with his second production Si te Preguntan…, which allowed him to gain great notoriety in the public and the media dedicated to promoting salsa in various parts of the world.
Years later, González would be inducted into the Puerto Rico Music Hall of Fame thanks to his more than 45 years of musical career, but that was not all. The artist has also received other important recognition from cultural and musical institutions in his native country. Not to mention that he is a member of the Latin Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (Latin Grammy), getting to participate in the commissions that choose the nominees in some categories.
In 2020, under the Carnival of Barranquilla, the trumpet player was selected as a member of the jury at the 2020 Orchestras Festival, a well-deserved honor he received on behalf of the Colombian city due to his talent and experience.
For the moment, he is working hard on his fourth music production, which he has decided to call 50 años… mi música… mi pasión! and will be released to the public in March of this year. A special peculiarity of this new album is that it will be arranged by a top-line team, including Luis Perico Ortiz (who has worked with González on repeated occasions), Ricky González, Oscar Hernández, Javier Hernández, among other eminences.
By: Johnny Cruz correspondent of International Salsa Magazine in New York City, New York
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