JAVIER OQUENDO

Javier Oquendo is one of a handful of premier percussionists in Puerto Rico. His sound, precision, dynamics, speed, expression and swing on the congas are in a class so elite that only congeros like Paoli Mejias, Richie Flores and Giovanni Hidalgo can be compared to his playing ability.


Over the last 25 years he has played and recorded with virtually every major salsa and Latin Jazz talent in Puerto Rico such as Andy Montañez, Eddie Palmieri, Humberto Ramirez, Jon Secada, Charlie Sepulveda, Cachete Maldonado, Paoli Mejias, Giovanni Hidalgo and Bobby Valentin to name a few. This band, Calle Loiza Jazz Project, was certainly blessed to have Javier play on almost every song on the recording. This all-star group of Latin Jazz musicians in Puerto Rico could not have produced a recording of this quality and intensity without the participation of Mr. Javier Oquendo.

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