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Joe "Killer Joe" Falero -
Percussionist, Composer, Producer & DJ
Joe was born in Santurce, Puerto Rico. He is the charismatic bandleader of the DC Latin Jazz All Stars, which was formed in 2004 in Washington, DC after Joe moved from New York City to the DC area. Joe is also the founder of Sabor Latino in 2014.
Joe began playing with different local bands. He did this for almost 6 years, showing his skills on bongos, congas, timbales and vocals.
Joe is known for his showmanship, great technique and spectacular solos. He is an excellent band leader who strives to get the best out of his fellow musicians, this is manifested through his desire to always do something original in every show.
The band reflects Joe's ability to blend different styles of Latin music like Mambo, Salsa, Cha-Cha, Rumba, Bolero, Salsa in English and more...
The DC-LJAS can be a trio or all the way to a 12 pieces band
at your request.
A few other things Joe shared about himself.
When I was growing up...
I ask for my first conga drum as a
Christmas gift from my parents when I was 9 years old. I would practice everyday after school until I made the conga sound pretty good. At the same time, I got lucky because at Rafael Cordero Middle
School in Santurce. I met a fellow student by the name of Jose Giovanny Hidalgo,
and we use to practice the tumbaos on the hood of the car's
and on books.
I organized my first group when I was 12 years old, it was two Dominican friends and me. I play my conga, they play the tambora and the domican
guiro and we use to walk to the restaurant and play some
music and then we passed the hat around for some tips.
Then I went to the Central High School also in Santurce, I met two more guys, Tito De Gracia and David Rosado Cuba, and we use to jam on rumbas all the time and more or less that is how I learn to play almost all the Latin percussion instruments and rhythms. Then I start to play with groups of Bomba & Plena and with locals band that play Salsa and Merengue.â€
I got lucky!
I moved to New York City and got married and then began working a second job as a DJ, and was mixing my music on private and corporate party's
I have a good friend musician in NYC, he was Tito Puente's trumpet player, Charlie Sepulveda, and we use to jam together with Richie Flores, Hilton Ruiz, Johnny Rivero and many good musicians.
In December of 1995 we moved to DC because I got a job at the AARP Headquarters and my wife was working on her Ph.D. at Howard University, and I start all over again.
I worked with Zeniza All Stars, Orq. Melao, Orq. La Romana, Orq. La Leyenda and a few more.
Relating to the music...
Tito Puente Jr. performed with my band at the new Washington Convention Center, he was the special guest. We did a show with the great sonero Frankie Vazquez, he sang with my band at Cafe Peju in Bethesda Maryland. We also played with the great violinist from Cuba Alfredo de la Fe! Joe
Falero & DC Latin Jazz All Stars participated on a TV commercial for Bud Light recorded at The Nation's Club in Washington, DC.
Joe played the timbales for flutist Dave Valentin at
a concert in Howard University.
I taught Latin percussion at Loyola University
in Baltimore and Atholton Elementary School in Columbia ,
MD., where Saxophonist and bandleader Carl Grubbs had a
music camp for kids still in Middle and High school. I did a
seminar about Latin percussion and also some history about
Latin music; including a demonstration of the different
styles of Latin music.