Ray Barretto, Jr. is the son of the legendary Grammy award winning Salsa Music Icon, Conguero and Bandleader, Ray Barretto (“Mr. Hard Hands”, “Manos Duras”). His father is universally recognized as one of the original creators of Salsa music, and one of the greatest conga players and bandleaders in the history of Latin and Jazz music. In addition to being a founding member of the legendary Fania All-Stars, Ray, Sr.’s accolades include a Grammy Award, the prestigious National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Award, and induction into the International Latin Music Hall of Fame.
Music is in Ray Barretto, Jr.’s DNA. He plays congas, bass, keyboards and drums, and is a successful songwriter and record producer whose credits include a Top 15 Billboard International Pop Chart hit for London Records and a Top 10 Dance Chart hit for RCA/BMG Records.
Ray, Jr. is carrying on his dad’s musical legacy by playing congas with his own Latin orchestra.