Santiago jimenez jr. familia y tradicion


Santiago performed at the 2006 National Folk Festival in Richmond, Virginia. In 2011 he performed at the 50th Anniversary Concert for Arhoolie Records , held in Berkeley, California. Portions of that performance appeared in the July-4th-Weekend, 2011 edition of the public radio program American Routes . President Obama awarded Santiago a 2015 National Medal of Arts on September 22, 2016 for his contribution to American music. [3]

Santiago Jiménez, Jr. has long preferred to model himself more closely on his father's lively melodic style, a style that is identified with the roots of the tradition. Also in this spirit, he continues to use the acoustic tololoche, as opposed to the electric bass typical of most contemporary conjuntos, and he rarely incorporates the drum set as do most Texan conjuntos. At age fifteen, he began performing professionally at weddings, clubs, and quinceañeras ("debutante" celebrations for fifteen-year-old girls), traditional community settings for conjunto music. While closely following his father's example, he has taken the tradition both forward in terms of creativity, and outward in terms of the wide audiences he has reached. He made his first recording in 1958 at the age of seventeen, with his brother Flaco, entitled El Pr’ncipe y el Rey del Acordeón (The Prince and the King of the Accordion). Since then, he has made over sixty other recordings of more than 700 pieces on regional labels such as Disco Grande, Disco Sombrero, and Disco Corona, and on the national labels Arhoolie, Rounder, and Watermelon. He also started his own record label, Chief Records (many friends call him by the nickname "Chief"), giving younger musicians the opportunity to let their music be heard. In recent decades, Santiago Jiménez has toured widely throughout the United States and to Europe and the Americas -- including Russia, Great Britain, Spain, France, and Mexico. In the contemporary world of Tejano music, Santiago Jiménez, Jr. is seen as a standard bearer of deep conjunto tradition, a lively performer, and a man of great humor and wit.

His grandfather, Patricio Jiménez, was a musician in the 1800s, and his father, Santiago Jiménez, was one of the pioneers of conjunto music.


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