Pijuan

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José Juan Piñero González
Birth name José Juan Piñero González
Also known as Pijuán
Born (1942-08-29)August 29, 1942
Origin Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico
Genres Salsa, son, guaguancó, boogaloo, bomba, plena
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Piano, organ, lyre, melodica
Labels Musigol Records
Website Website

José Juan Piñero González (born August 29, 1942, Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico), better known as Pijuán, is a Puerto Rican musician whom 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[edit]

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.[1] 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.

TV Shows[edit]

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[2][3] on WPRV TV / Canal 13 – o Tele-Oro, broadcast directly from Pijuán’s home, along with telecancionero—a karaoke format show (3Q2005-2009).

News[edit]

El Nuevo Día, February 2010, reviewed the Bohemia Bailable CD assembling vocals of Edward Delgado, Harry Fraticelli,[4][5] Esteban Rivera, Sammy Aguirre and Tony Guayama.

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 alike Rocio Durcal, and Liza Minnelli to mention a couple.

Discography[edit]

LPs compiled compliments of Herencia Latina:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Santiago, Javier (1994). Nueva Ola Portoricensis. Editorial Del Patio; LSFNUEVAOLA. p. 372. 
  2. ^ "Pijuan-Biographie". Busca Salsa. p. 1. 
  3. ^ "Willie Rosario: ¡medio siglo haciendo la mejor salsa!". Fundación Nacional para la Cultura Popular. p. 1. 
  4. ^ Fraticelli, Harry (April 2011). "Biography" (in Spanish). Harry Fraticelli. p. 14. Retrieved 29 June 2012. 
  5. ^ Fraticelli, Harry; Iris Morales Pizarro. "El Mamito" (in Spanish). Carlos Velasquez. p. 10. Retrieved 2 August 2012. 

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