Ralph Irizarry





   Ralph Irizarry

Ralph Irizarry

:: General Information


   Ralph Irizarry's Son Cafe


Ralph Irizarry is well known as one of the world's most "swinging" timbaleros, whose distinctive playing style has made an indelible mark on those artists with whom he has performed. Born in Spanish Harlem of Puerto Rican parents, Ralph is self-taught, learning to play from listening to his brother's music albums and sneaking into nightclubs at the age of 16. While still a teenager, Ralph's family returned to Puerto Rico, where he gained his first professional experience with groups such as La Terrifica, and sitting in with El Gran Combo, Sonora Ponceña and many others...

In the summer of 1996 Ralph Irizarry took his place as a master musician and solo artist in a presentation with Tito Puente at New York's SOB's club entitled "Master Timbaleros". This conversation between two drum masters was the culmination of 26 years of dedication, practice and undying love for the music. Tito Puente said, "Ralph is a star of the future who never forgets the Latin basics. His band is burning."      read more

                                                       (Courtesy of Latin Jazz Network))



:: Music



Soncafé...Bailando con Azúcar
Released: 2005

Ralph Irizarry's Son Café is featured throughout the LVG Sabor! Salsa virtual exhibition, the opening splash page and main menu feature Son Café

"Será Cuando Tú Digas"

Soncafé...Bailando con Azúcar

Ralph Irizarry's Son Café has made its debut with Bailando Con ... Azúcar, with vocals by Jorge Maldonado (who helped Irizarry start his career many years ago) and newcomer Elsa Ozuna.





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