Jose Feliciano

Jose Feliciano

Jose Feliciano

Selected performance:
Monday 9th September - Thursday 12th September

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Ronnie Scott's Presents 4 very special nights with the legendary singer and guitarist Jose Feliciano.

Please note set times will be different to usual for these dates. There will be 2 shows to different audiences in the following format:

1st show: Doors 5.30pm, Support:6pm, Jose Feliciano: 7.30pm, Close 9pm

2nd show: Doors 9.30pm, Jose Feliciano: 10.30pm, late late set: Midnight-late, Close 3am

Jose Feliciano is recognised as the first Latin Artist to cross over into the English music market, opening the doors to others who now play an important part in the American music industry. Acclaimed by critics throughout the world he's been awarded over forty-five Gold and Platinum records; has won sixteen Grammy nominations, earning him six Grammy Awards and is in receipt of countless prestigious awards the world over. His many smash hits include a wonderful cover of Light My Fire, Che Sara and the wonderful Christmas song, Feliz Navidad, but he is possibly best known in the UK as the author of California Dreamin’.

FULL BIOGRAPHY

 

Feliciano has been acclaimed by critics throughout the world as "The greatest living guitarist." Guitar Player Magazine awarded him "Best Pop Guitarist," placing him in their "Gallery of the Greats," and he's been voted both Best Jazz and Best Rock Guitarist in the Playboy Magazine reader's poll. He's been awarded over forty-five Gold and Platinum records; has won sixteen Grammy nominations, earning him six Grammy Awards and is in receipt of countless prestigious awards the world over.


Jose has performed for and with some of the most important people on Earth. He enjoys playing with many of the top symphonic orchestras including the London Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra. He's appeared on major television shows worldwide; he has done a number of his own specials and his music has been featured on television, in films and on the stage.

Jose was born blind, to humble beginnings on September 10, 1945, in Lares, Puerto Rico. One of eleven boys, his love affair with music began at the age of three when he first accompanied his uncle on a tin cracker can. When he was five, his family immigrated to New York City. Young Jose learned to play the concertina at age six, using a handful of records as his teacher. At eight, he performed for his classmates at PS 57; and at nine, performed at The Puerto Rican Theater in the Bronx. Venturing beyond the accordion, he taught himself to play the guitar with undaunted determination and again, with nothing but records as his teacher, practicing for as many as 14 hours a day. Exposed to the rock-n-roll of the 50's, Jose was then inspired to sing.

At 17, Jose quit school. His father was not working at the time and he needed to help his family. He played in coffee houses in Greenwich Village and for his salary - as was customary during that time period in small clubs - they'd "pass the hat." He played his first professional engagement that same year in Detroit, Michigan. Shortly thereafter, a music critic, writing of his performance at Gerde's Folk City, referred to him as a "10-fingered wizard who romps, runs, rolls, picks and reverberates his six strings in an incomparable fashion." And added, "If you want to witness the birth of a star, catch Mr. Feliciano before he leaves tomorrow night."


Jose's first major break in the industry, however, happened in the Spanish market when, in 1966, after an amazing performance at the Mar del Plata Festival in Argentina, the RCA executives in Buenos Aires encouraged Jose to stay there and record an album of Spanish music. “They really didn't know what to do with me in the studio,” Jose recalls. “So I suggested that we record a number of old boleros - songs I had heard from the time I was a kid.” Feliciano's interpretation of the classic bolero of the time was revolutionary. The first single, “Poquita Fe,” was a 'smash' hit and "Usted" was even bigger.


By the time he was 23, Jose Feliciano had earned five Grammy nominations and won two Grammy Awards for his album "Feliciano!” He had performed over much of the world, and had recorded songs in four languages.
Three songs that have been milestones for Feliciano are: (1) "Light My Fire", which was number one on the charts in 1968 (2) "Che Sara", a mega-success in Europe, Asia and South America; and of course, (3) "Feliz Navidad," the Christmas song that has now become a tradition worldwide during the holiday season.

Moreover, the world has enjoyed many Feliciano songs, including: "Rain," "Chico and the Man," "California Dreamin'," "Destiny," "Affirmation," "Ay Cariño," "Ponte A Cantar," "Cuando El Amor Se Acaba," "Porque Te Tengo Que Olvidar?," and countless others. When Jose made a cameo appearance in the Academy Award Winning motion picture "Fargo" in 1995, he performed one such important self-penned composition, entitled "Let's Find Each Other Tonight," demonstrating his strengths as a songwriter, as well as a performer.

Jose and his wife Susan have been together since 1971. In 1988, they were blessed with a daughter, Melissa Anne, in 1991 with their first son, Jonathan Jose, and in 1995, with their third child, Michael Julian. Together they live in a 275+ year-old former tavern-turned-homestead on a riverbank in Fairfield County, Connecticut. When Jose is home, his time is spent writing and recording in his studio, enjoying baseball - both playing and listening to a game on the radio - and being a dad!
Over the years, Jose has been a part of many historic events. He has shared the stage with other internationally renowned artists; for example, an event where he co-headlined with Paul Simon and James Taylor at the internationally acclaimed 'Back to the Ranch Benefit' in Long Island before an estimated twelve thousand people.


In the fall of 1997, PolyGram released Jose's most important recording in many years, entitled "Señor Bolero." Having revolutionized the sound of the bolero early in his career, he rose to a new standard with this classic and very romantic torch song, for which he had long been associated.
The first single from “Señor Bolero,” entitled “Me Has Echado Al Olvido,” shot straight to number one in New York and in countries throughout Central and South America. In less than six weeks after the release of “Señor Bolero,” it had earned its first Platinum Album status in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Shortly thereafter, it was nominated by NARAS for Best Latin Pop Album of the Year, marking Jose's sixteenth Grammy nomination. "Señor Bolero" went on to attain Double Platinum Album status in The United States, Puerto Rico and Venezuela; and Gold in Mexico, Cost Rica and Argentina. A sequel, “Señor Bolero 2,” followed with similar excitement, along with a new plan to explore other genres of music in the future.


In 2005, Jose recorded a unique CD for Universal Music Latino, entitled “A Mexico… Con Amor.” Comprised of a collection of Mexican Mariachis, Jose expressed his enduring affection for the people and music of Mexico in much the same way that he illuminated the beauty of the bolero throughout his career.


The project, entitled “Jose Feliciano Y Amigos” (Jose Feliciano and Friends), is a collection of songs from the past and present. Many were recorded with artists Jose personally invited to join him on this musical venture, including Christian Castro, Luis Fonsi, Marc Anthony, Ramon Ayala, Luciano Pereyra, Lupillo Rivera, Raúl Di Blasio, Ricardo Montaner, Alicia Villarreal… and even Rudy Perez, Jose’s long time friend and mentor, who after more than 15 years finally agreed to step in front of the microphone once again. The album will be released by Siente Music - a new record label created from a partnership between two international entertainment leaders, Venevision International and Universal Music Latino – “Jose Feliciano Y Amigos” will be in stores in time for the upcoming Christmas Season.


Jose's gifts of time, treasure and talent have earned him the reputation of great humanitarian and 'Ambassador of Good Will' throughout the world. "I'll never forget where I came from or the people who helped my family or me along the way." For this reason, Jose will often lend a hand or his name in support of causes that he believes are important. Even though Jose has recorded nearly 70 albums in his impressive career, he still is humble with all the successes he has had and, remarkably, feels that he has just started to share his talents with the world. 

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