Chick Corea; Spanish Harlem Orchestra

Tito Puente, Jack DeJohnette and the many musicians in my family, the Quinteros


Luis Ernesto Quintero Vegas, known as Luisito Quintero, was born in the populous neighborhood of San Agustín in Caracas, Venezuela, on August 24, 1967. Quintero, a child prodigy of music, comes from a lineage of distinguished musicians and singers.

His father, Luis Quintero Sr., a respected percussionist in his native country, was a tutor and encouraged his son to play timpani at an early age. The first steps in the field of professional music were in the group “La Nueva Generación” playing bongo drums and timpani when he was only eight years old. This group was inspired by his father and uncles, Carlos “Nene”, Ricardo, and Jesus “Chu” Quintero. At twelve he played with one of the most popular bands of the time, “El Trabuco Venezolano”. A year later he joined world-renowned salsa singer Oscar D’León. He remained with D’León for more than a decade until his departure to New York City in 1992.

Quintero quickly integrated into the New York City jazz and Latin music scene. His reputation as one of the best percussionists gave him the opportunity to perform and record with legendary artists, as well as serving as the musical director of some acts.

This master percussionist is not afraid to push the boundaries of his musical expressions and style, incorporating a variety of percussion instruments: timpani, congas, bongos, drums, djembe and dundun from West Africa, and a wide variety of other percussion instruments. Quintero brings technical magic and musicality to every performance and recording.

He has participated in more than 700 musical productions that span a variety of musical genres and, between Grammy and Latin Grammy, Quintero has more than 60 Grammy Awards to his credit. His most recent Grammy’s were in 2019 with Chick Corea & The Spanish Heart Band for Best Latin Jazz Album and in 2018 with Spanish Harlem Orchestra for Best Tropical Latin Album.

In August 2020 Quintero premiered the second production of his orchestra

Grammy nominated (founded with his percussionist cousin Roberto Quintero), Quintero’s Salsa Project, “Tributo A La Dimensión Latina”


Shows – Recordings – Colaborations


Bob James, Bryan Blade, Chick Corea, Count Basie Orchestra, David Holland, David Samuels, David Sanborn, Diana Krall, Gary Burton, George Benson, Jack DeJohnette, Joey Alexander, Jeff “Tain” Watt Joe Sample, Keiko Matsui, Leonel Loueke, Lewis Nash, Louie Vega, Manhattan Transfer, Natalie Cole, Phillip Bailey, Richard Bona, Rolling Stones, Santana, Steve Gadd, Vanessa Williams, Vinnie Colaiuta.

Arturo Sandoval, Ayme Nuviola, Cachao, Carlos Vives, Celia Cruz, Danilo Perez, David Valentin, Don Omar, Eddie Palmieri, Franco de Vita, Gente de Zona, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Giovanni Hidalgo, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Grupo Aventura, Grupo Niche, Isacc Delgado, Ivy Queen, Jerry Rivera, La India, Luis Enrique, Marc Anthony, Prince Royce, Romeo Santos, Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Victor Manuelle, Willie Colón.

And many more…