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  Ralph Irizarry


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BIRTHDAY
Event Date:
Tuesday, July 18, 2017 (This event repeats every year)
Website:
www.soncafe.net

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Ralph Irizarry

Ralph Irizarry, born July 18, 1954 in Harlem, New York is a Grammy award-winning percussionist, bandleader, and studio musician. Besides his work on jingles, film and television scores, Irizarry has performed, recorded, and toured with the likes of Harry Belafonte, David Byrne, Celia Cruz, Paquito D'Rivera, Juan Luis Guerra, Earl Klugh, Israel Lopez "Cachao", Wynton Marsalis, Paul Simon and numerous others. He has appeared on the Johnny Carson Show, the David Letterman Show, Don Francisco's Sabado Gigante and Raul Velasco's Siempre en Domingo.

Ralph Irizarry's family first moved to Brooklyn and then briefly to Queens, before finally relocating in Puerto Rico in 1970. There, he spent three years immersed in music and gained the knowledge and experience that eventually granted him the opportunity to join Ponce's La Terrífica, as well as sitting in with such prestigious aggregations as El Gran Combo and Sonora Ponceña.

In 1974, Ralph Irizarry returned to New York City to pursue a career as a professional musician. After playing with local groups for almost four years, his break finally came when Ray Barretto invited him to join his top-rated orchestra. Shortly afterward, they were in studio recording the first of six productions. In April of 1983, Rubén Blades sought out Irizarry to join in the formation of Seís Del Solar. This association lasted for fourteen years and consisted of intense performing and traveling as well as the production of eight recordings. After Blades left and with his encouragement, the group continued performing and recorded two Latin jazz albums.

In 1996, Ralph Irizarry created his own Latin jazz project, Timbalaye, a septet with a different instrumental format: Latin percussion instruments instead of the typical drum set, as well as a fresh innovative sound. Timbalaye's repertoire combines cotemporary jazz sounds with rhythmic elements from all over Latin America and Africa, as well as Cuba and Puerto Rico. Timbalaye latest exciting release is entitled It's Time!

SonCafé is Ralph Irizarry's hottest new ensemble making an impact on New York City's Latin music scene. Evolved from his former 'Son Criollo' sextet, the eight-piece powerhouse is integrated by seasoned musicians and outstanding vocalists. SonCafé's exciting novel sound and powerful delivery encompasses a blend of diverse influences pleasing to listening and dance audiences alike. The band currently has two CDs in the marketplace, the debut CD entitled Bailando con Azucar and the all medley's CD, Tributo. The group also has a live performance DVD entitled En Grande y En Vivo!

Ralph Irizarry has performed, recorded and toured with the likes of Bebo Valdés, Harry Belafonte, David Byrne, Celia Cruz, Paquito D'Rivera, Juan Luis Guerra, Earl Klug, Israel López "Cachao", Wynton Marsalis, Paul Simon and many others. He has appeared on the Johnny Carson Show and the David Letterman Show, as well as Don Francisco's Sábado Gigante and Raul Velasco's Siempre en Domingo. Irizarry has been featured in the major motion film The Mambo Kings and documentaries such as Belafonte's Routes of Rhythm, Cachao's Como Mi Rítmo No Hay Dos and The Life of Rubén Blades.

Irizarry was featured in the film The Mambo Kings and in documentaries such as Belafonte's Routes of Rhythm, Cachao's Como Mi Ritmo No Hay Dos and The Life of Rubén Blades.