Where's Jose? Interview with Jose Feliciano

December 14'th 2012, Washington DC

 

 

We have been José Feliciano fans forever.  

He has been making music and entertaining the world for 50 years.  Winner of 8 Grammys, recipient of the Latin Grammys Lifetime Achievement Award, and holder of over 45 Gold and Platinum records, José Feliciano has been acclaimed by critics around the world as "the greatest living guitarist".    

He started his musical life playing the accordion until his father and family friend, Benjamin Borges, gave him his first guitar in a brown paper bag.

He would play by himself in his room for up to 14 hours a day, listening to 1950s rock'n'roll records, classical guitarists such as Andrés Segovia, and jazz players such as Wes Montgomery. He later had classical lessons with Harold Morris, who had been a student of Segovia.

We spend a lot of time in the Baltimore/DC area and we had a chance to enjoy the current tour “Where’s José?” in Washington DC. 

 

We had the privilege of meeting José for an interview before the show.  José gave a very nice shout-out to Gloria Estefan and shared his thoughts on his artistic highlights, his new album, "The King", and digital downloads.  Please watch!

We hope you enjoy this highlight video from the evening!

José Feliciano defines Crossover.  He invented it, even if it was unintentional.  According to José "When I started, that wasn't even what I had in mind. I just wanted to sing in both languages." 

 

We're all very happy with the 50 years of results.  José represents our ideal example of a cultural ambassador.

One of the first things we noticed before the show even started was a nicely mixed English-speaking and Spanish-speaking crowd that brought together people of all ages to enjoy this masterful performer. 

We really liked seeing all the younger people there to enjoy José’s music.  José appeals to people of all ages and walks of life and it is marvelous to see he is reaching the younger generation.   

The show was held at the Howard Theater.  This was our first chance to visit this venue and we highly recommend it.  It is a nicely appointed, upscale showplace with drinks and dinner service. 

We’d like to thank the Howard’s publicist, Ashley Mason-Greene for her help setting up our visit.  You can visit www.TheHoward.Theater.com for more information.

José’s performance was terrific and the band is full of heavyweight pros that supported him very well without any kind of distraction from the star attraction. 

There was a particularly fun moment when José performed Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean”. 

You could tell he was having fun with it too. 

Another one of the special moments was “Love Me Tender” from his newest album, a tribute to Elvis Presley – “The King”.  We highly recommend the album!  You can find the CD or download at Amazon.com. 

Of course, he also performed his huge hits “California Dreamin”, “Light My Fire” and more.  It was spectacular!

José closed with his Christmas classic, “Feliz Navidad”.  What a wonderful treat!  It was the perfect finale to the December 14thshow.   Did you know that “Feliz Navidad” is one of the top 25 most played Christmas songs ever?

 

 

José was accompanied by his son, Michael, who assisted on stage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

José’s touring band also put on a fantastic show. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To the artists who support Jose... Wonderful job!  

 

 

 

 

We got an extra-special kick out of Bob Conti’s conga solo!  http://www.conga.tv/content/bob-conti-congas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please visit www.JoseFeliciano.com.  You can send José some love at www.facebook.com/WheresJose and follow @WheresJose at www.twitter.com/wheresjose

If you ever get a chance to see one of José’s shows you owe it to yourself to make it happen. Just Go!

Press play to see the full set of high-definition photos from the show!

Please also enjoy our article about Jose’s performance at Miami Rocks Our Troops in September 2012.

 

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Sources:

Official web site www.JoseFeliciano.com

Wikipedia