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Jose Fajardo Jr. began his musical journey at the age of three when he played percussion with his father. Since childhood, he has performed alongside and has recorded with some of the best Latin musicians of all time. This includes Jose Fajardo (his father), The Fania All-Stars, Johnny Pacheco, and Alfredo De La Fe. He has also recorded with Tipica 73, Oscar D’Leon, Jose Alberto (El Canario), La Sonora Matancera, Johnny Ray, Grupo Imagen, Luisito Carrion, Pedro Jesus and more.
Fajardo Jr. has traveled all over the world with these iconic Latin artists. He has performed in Africa, Mexico, St. Martin, Germany, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, the United States and more. His career also extends to television. This includes performances on programs like Siempre en Domingo, El Show Del Medio Dia, Access Hollywood and more.
He has played his music in some of the largest venues in the world including Madison Square Garden, The Lincoln Center, Hostos Center for Arts and Culture, Lehman Center for the Performing Arts, Plaza De Toro, and the Call Ocho Festival in Miami.
In 2001, after the untimely death of his father, Jose Fajardo, Jr. became the director of his father’s orchestra. The orchestra established in 1949. It changed the traditional sound of charanga music to a salsa sound for all generations.
In 2006, Jose Fajardo, Jr. was signed by the leading manufacturer of percussion instruments “Latin percussion.” His single, “El swing of New York” was #1 for “Salsa Magazine” playlist for 4 weeks.
In 2014, Jose Fajardo, Jr. launched his new single, “Yo Estoy Desengañado” (Salsa Version). It was originally recorded as a ballad by the Cuban singer Orlando Contreras. Afterwards, the track launched as one of the songs on his upcoming CD release “Mis Recuerdos.”
In May 2015, Fajardo, Jr. released another single “No Tiene Rival” that has been a dancers delight since released. This comes off the original recording of the album “Las Tres Flautas” released on the FANIA label in 1980 from the composer and master pianist Javier Vazquez. Now, Fajardo, Jr. has been on tour throughout cities within the United States to teach local students the Latin American rhythms and culture.