Jose Fajardo, Jr. (born January 29, 1972 in New York City, NY). As the son of the legendary leader of the Cuban orchestra Fajardo y sus Estrellas and “Flut
e King” Jose Fajardo, Jose Fajardo, Jr. has stood the test of time as a musician, bandleader and now singer. After more than 30 years of experience in the music industry, and after countless shows, Jose Fajardo, Jr. continues to maintain his father’s legacy alive.
Jose Fajardo, Jr. began at the age of 3 with his father playing percussion and since then has been performed and/or has recorded with some of the best and iconic Latin artists and musicians of all time. Some of these artists/musicians are, Jose Fajardo (his father), Johnny Pacheco, Larry Harlow, Orchestra Broadway, Azuquita, Alfredo De La Fe, tipica 73, Oscar D’Leon, Jose Alberto (El Canario), La Sonora Mantancera, Johnny Ray, Grupo Imagen, Luisito Carrión, Pedro Jesus, Cano Estremera, Edgar Joel, Johnny Almendra, Tito Puente, Sheila E. , Nino Segarra, Cachao, and many others. He has also had the opportunity to travel with many of these artists to places like Africa, Mexico, Canada, France, Martinique, Guadeloupe, St. Martin, Germany, Russia, Holland, Colombia, as well as throughout the United States. In this time, he has had the honor to perform on tv programs such as “SIEMPRE EN DOMINGO”, “El Show de ROLANDO BARRAL”, “THE SHOW DEL MEDIO DIA”, “ACCESS HOLLYWOOD”, “PRIMERA EDICION”, “SALSA EN LA CALLE”, “El Show de FERNANDO HIDALGO” to name a few. He has performed in some of the largest venues, including but not limited to “Madison Square Garden”, “LINCOLN CENTER”, “Hostos CENTER FOR THE ARTS AND CULTURE”, “Lehman CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS,” PLAZA DE TORO (Colombia), Calle Ocho Festival in Miami, Fl. and many other such venues.
In 2006 Jose Fajardo, Jr. was signed and is still endorsed by the leading manufacturer of percussion instruments “Latin percussion” a division of KMC Music. His single, “El swing of New York” released in 2011, was No. 1 for “Salsa Magazine” play list for 4 consecutive weeks.
After the untimely death of his father in 2001, Jose Fajardo, Jr. has been the director of the orchestra created by his father in 1949 and has changed the traditional sound of charanga music to a larger salsa sound for all generations.
Jose Fajardo, Jr. in 2014 launches his new single, “Yo estoy Desengañado” (Salsa Version) originally recorded as a ballad by the world-famous Cuban singer Orlando Contreras. This track was launched as one of the songs on his upcoming CD release “Mis Recuerdos”.
Recently Jose Fajardo, Jr. has been on a tour throughout cities within the United States to teach our local students, Latin American rhythms and culture. In May of 2015, his new release “NO TIENE RIVAL” was released to great reviews. Originally composed and recorded by Javier Vazquez on the FANIA label, this new version promises to be a dancers delight.