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José Juan Piñero González
|Birth name||José Juan Piñero González|
|Also known as||Pijuán|
|Born||August 29, 1942|
|Origin||Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico|
|Died||March 14, 2018 (aged 75)|
Hato Rey, Puerto Rico
|Genres||Salsa, son, guaguancó, boogaloo, bomba, plena|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, Pianist, Band Leader, A&R Representative, TV Producer|
|Instruments||Piano, organ, lyre, melodica|
José Juan Piñero González (August 29, 1942 - March 14, 2018), better known as Pijuán, was a Puerto Rican musician who produced and/or has been credited on several albums under the record labels Phillips Borinquen, Hit Parade, Kubaney, Discos Melón, TH Records, Private Ranch Records and Musigol Records.
Early life and career
Pijuán's love for music began during childhood, entertaining the crowds with a small band while attending Escuela Superior República de Colombia in San Juan, Puerto Rico. After completing studies at the University of Puerto Rico, Pijuán combined tropical rhythms creating his own musical identity called "salsa lounge", throughout festivals playing salsa, son, guaguanco, guaracha, bomba, plena, ballad, mambo, jala jala, calypso, and bugalú.
And during these festivities and his career, he met instrumental individuals such as the director of the orchestra Rafael Muñoz, expanding the opportunity to play in prestigious hotels all over Puerto Rico, according to the information recorded in the book Nueva Ola Portoricensis, ISBN/Cat. LSFNUEVAOLA, Library of Congress, ML3486.P8 S36 1994. Another key individual and composer was Paquito López Vidal, with whom Pijuán worked together at the Fiesta Room in the Hotel Condado Beach.
In 1964, Pijuán put together a sextet of musicians to work at the Barraca, has worked in several countries throughout the world, such as Aruba, Curazao, Colombia, Venezuela, Panamá, Perú, and the United States (Washington and New York City), thus establishing the sextet at the very same Hotel Condado Beach the following year.
During the next decades, Pijuán showcased his vibrant Sextet to Puerto Rican TV viewers, and/or invited local musicians to shows like Show Coca-Cola, Sábado a las 12 con Pijuán and Fiestas Fijas con Pijuán - Telemundo Canal 2 (1967-1972); produced and directed La Factoría de la Salsa - TeleSiete (1973-1974); El Show del Mediodía - Channel 4 - WAPA-TV (1974-1976); and again, followed same format for the ‘new’ show Pijuán produced/directed La Nueva Factoría de la Salsa - TeleSiete (1980-1981); Encantados con Maggie (1983-1986) was part of the segment called El show de las 12 produced by Paquito Cordero and hosted by Eddie Miro - Telemundo / Canal 2 (until 1Q-2005); and Con La Música X Dentro - CLMXD on WPRV TV / Canal 13 – o Tele-Oro, broadcast directly from Pijuán’s home, along with telecancionero—a karaoke format show (3Q2005-2009).
Pijuán has worked both media circuits, TV and music, for several years, providing a stepping stone for others to follow through. Pijuán met famous acclaimed musicians and actors like Rocio Durcal, and Liza Minnelli to mention a couple.
Pijuan passed away on Tuesday March 14, 2018 at age 76 due to cardiac complications at Auxilio Mutuo Hospital, in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico, confirmed by his daughter Nancy Piñero.
LPs compiled compliments of Herencia Latina:
- List of Puerto Ricans
- Afro-Latin American
- El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico, a musical institution that has been around for 5 decades.
- Mongo Santamaria
- Charlie Palmieri
- Oscar D'Leon's musical career began with La Dimensión Latina in the early 1970s.
- Tata Guines
- Alfredo "Chocolate" Armenteros
- Ray Barretto
- Celia Cruz's career did begin with La Sonora Matancera in the early 1950s.
- Salsa music
- Music of Puerto Rico
- Andy Montanez
- Xavier Serbia
- Eddie Santiago
- Santiago, Javier (1994). Nueva Ola Portoricensis. Editorial Del Patio; LSFNUEVAOLA. p. 372.
- "Pijuan-Biographie". Busca Salsa. p. 1.
- "Willie Rosario: ¡medio siglo haciendo la mejor salsa!". Fundación Nacional para la Cultura Popular. p. 1.
- Fraticelli, Harry (April 2011). "Biography" (in Spanish). Harry Fraticelli. p. 14. Retrieved 29 June 2012.
- Fraticelli, Harry; Iris Morales Pizarro. "El Mamito" (in Spanish). Carlos Velasquez. p. 10. Retrieved 2 August 2012.
- Herencia Latina presents La importancia de llamarse Pijuán (The significance of being Pijuán)
- Coordina Carlos Velásquez El Rincón de los Coleccionistas Exquisitos
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- Bohemia y tertulia con Pijuán en TV - July 2006 - Fundación Nacional para la Cultura Popular
- Biografías - May 2004 - Fundación Nacional para la Cultura Popular at the Wayback Machine (archived 15 October 2004[Calendar])