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Pepito Montes

An Afro-Cuban Jazz pianist and producer and composer, Pepe Montes won a Latin Grammy on a live recording with Marc Anthony and the best latin artists called Salsa Giants. His best- known compositions include "Cafecito" and "Ajiaco."

Born on January 15, 1986, in Santa Clara, Cuba, Pepito got his start in the mid-2000s working in prominent cuban bands, as the case of Paulo FG. He later migrated to the United States and created his own band and developeding a signature style, bringing the sounds of bebop and afro-cuban back, music of the 40s with a modern approach. Has collaborated with musical greats like Sergio George, Luis Enrique, Jose Alberto el Canario, India and Oscar D' Leon. Montes's best-known work is his debut album with Pepe Montes & His Conjunto.

Famed jazz pianist and composer Pepe Montes was born Jose Antonio Montes on January 15, 1986, in Santa Clara, Cuba. When he was 18 years old, Montes moved with his family to Havana and joined the Paulo FG Orchestra not long after, and then relocated to Miami where he performed with Marc Anthony and Sergio George in the late 2012. Montes went on to join Salsa Giants band in 2012, with whom he recorded ”Live at the Curaçao North Jazz Festival”—one of the most famous in the world.

From 2006 to 2014, Montes performed with prominent latin bands, including those of Chino y Nacho and Jen Carlos Canela, and also directed Albita's Band. He also began working with big producers such as Sergio George and performing for Univision and Telemundo networks around this time. Working as a bandleader, he created two main projects, Montes developing the musical genre known as "afro-cuban"—an ancestral music form from Cuba, distinct for dissonant harmonies and polyrhythms.

Montes is considered one the finest Miami musicians and creators of original Afro-Cuban / Tropical rhythms with jazz in these modern days. His work in the Afro-Cuban Jazz genre includes "Novelesca," "Si, Miami" and "Ajiaco" among other many recordings. Montes own Conjunto, which performs since 2014 is his ensemble masterpiece, affording him scope as both soloist and showman. Montes best-known works from this period include the songs "Cortadito" "Tu Cuerpo" among others.


Latin Grammy “Salsa Giants”


Pepe Montes Conjunto Invites Everybody to His Cuban Party as well as Ball and Chain Miami

Local musician Pepe Montes Conjunto has recently released two multimedia videos with his band. The videos highlight two songs from his album, Cuban Party Everybody, called “Ya No Sé” and “Tu Destino.” 

Pepe Montes Conjunto is looking to use his new album as his musical resume. He is a singer, songwriter, producer, and bandleader who touches many with his music. 

“It has been a dream since I started writing some of these songs more than ten years ago” 

Pepe Montes Conjunto

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