"El Leon del Bolero"

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Biography

Tony Leon was born in Havana, Cuba.  From an early age, he felt a vocation for music and taught himself to sing by listening to the radio, mostly to the classics of the great Benny Moré and La Orquesta Aragón.  As he grew, he took every opportunity to develop his talent.

In 1965, he formally launched his singing career with Los Melodicos, giving stand-out performances of boleros and guarachos.  He went on to work with the Niño Rivera Group and the distinguished Modelo de Miguelito Cuni band.  During the 1970’s he was a soloist for several clubs and groups including Trios Los Aventureros de Angelica Noriega.

Tony arrived in New York in 1979 and became soloist for renowned trumpeter and orchestra leader Alfredo ‘Chocolate’ Armenteros.  Their album, Prefiero el Son, recorded with S.A.R. Records, went gold.   His years with Chocolate included group concerts, where he worked alongside music greats such as Roberto Torres, Linda Leida, Papaito, Alfredito de la Fe, Alfredo Valdes, Jr. and Marino Solano.

In 1987, he became the lead singer for José Fajardo y Sus Estrellas.  It was the legendary flutist and band leader, José Antonio Fajardo who gave Tony his title: El Leon del Bolero.  Their partnership lasted until Fajardo’s death in 2001.  In that time they performed throughout the United States and in Europe, and venues included the Copacabana, Manhattan Center, the Village Gate, S.O.B’s and La Maganette.

Through the years Tony has performed in group concerts with Willie Chirino, Ray Baretto, David Valentino, Cachao, Hansel y Raul, Tito Puente and Johnny Pacheco.  He also performed at Victor’s Café for the promotional party for an Andy Gracia film.

Tony Leon lives in New York and continues to delight audiences with his unique voice and mastery of the bolero.

To contact us:

Tony Leon

Phone: 914.739.8222

E-mail: info@tonyleon.net

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