Willie Colón is a salsa music legend who is now a social activist. He’s a good guy, but his image was the bad boy of Salsa. Colón a trombonist who is famous for that fat sound. He is best known for his work with Héctor Lavoe and Rubén Blades for FANIA Records in the 1970s.
Willie Colón was the bad boy of Salsa back in the day
Willie Colón is a Puerto Rican New Yorker (The Bronx, 1950). His creative muse is the Puerto Rican experience of coming to New York City and trying to fit into a new culture without losing your own. Life in El Barrio can beautiful, but it isn’t always pretty. Colón captures that energy and spirit.
Willie got signed to FANIA Records when he was just 15. His first record, El Malo (1967) with Puerto Rican singer Héctor Lavoe, broke the mold of Latin music, but helped define the sound of Salsa in the 1970s. The two worked together until 1973.
Puerto Ricans have some of the most extensive Christmas traditions in the Latin world. Colón captures some of that in his 1971 Christmas album Asalto navideño.
Willie Colón in New York City 2017 – 2018
Colón celebrates his 50th anniversary as an artist since 1966.
Colón plays La Salsa Vive 2017 concert at Madison Square Garden in Chelsea, Manhattan on Friday, November 10, 2017 at 8 pm. $55 – $295
Colón brings his Asalto Navideño Christmas concert to Lehman Center in the Bronx, Saturday, December 9 2017.
Willie Colón in New York City 2016 – 2017
Colón is playing the New York Salsa Festival at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on June 10, 2017.
To learn more about the artist, visit www.WillieColon.com