Luisito Quintero was born in Caracas, Venezuela, where he was surrounded by Afro-Venezuelan and Afro-Cuban rhythm and music. His father, a respected percussionist in his native country, tutored and encouraged Luisito on timbales through his adolescent years. Luisito comes from a long line of outstanding musicians which includes his uncle, Carlos Nene Quintero and cousin Robert Quintero.
Luisito studied at the Orquesta Simfonica de Venezuela (The Symphonic Orchestra of Venezuela). He joined the popular music ensembles Grupo Guaco and Oscar D’Leon, where he enjoyed widespread worldwide exposure.
Luisito has worked and recorded with, The Rolling Stones, Vanessa Williams, Paul Simon, Santana, Jack De Johnette, David Sanborn, George Benson, Tommy LePuma, Joe Sampler, Bill Cosby, the late Celia Cruz and Tito Puente, Cachao, Eddie Palmieri, Marc Anthony, Gloria Estefan, Richard Bona, Ravi Coltrane, Claudia Acuna, Nathalie Cole, Diana Krall, Roy Agrove, Giovanni Hidalgo, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Spanish Harlem, Willie Colon and countless other high-profile music acts.
Luisito Quintero brings all of this technical wizardry and musicality to his 2014 album 3rd Element, a self-effacing title that refers his role in an ensemble to a rhythmist or one performing the third element—rhythm—in music. In reality he is anything but that and in the first hearing of this Latin-Grammy nominated album his music literally leaps out of the blocks from the very first bars of “City View.” And from then on it is simply one musical explosion after the other. Luisito Quintero and 3rd Element has received a Grammy award nomination for Best Latin Jazz álbum.
Robert Quintero /Congas
Gabriel Vivas / Bass
Silvano Monasterios / Piano
Doug Beavers / Trombone
Luisito Quintero / Timbales and compositions
Luisito Quintero Quintet at Terraza 7 on Saturday, April 15th , 2017 at 9:30 pm
$10 cover charge for mezzanine. FREE admission for CHILDREN 12 and under.