FELIPE BORRERO "EL TIBURON"
Growing up in the New York City area, Felipe Borrero was accustomed to hearing Jazz music from the radio stations as well as the Salsa music from his Puerto Rican neighborhood. As a young boy, he used to go watch the holiday parades in New York City and was drawn to the Trumpets and Trombones proclaiming their presence hearing them echo off the skyscraper walls. He thought then what a powerful sound declaring holidays and celebration.
There were three men who were musicians themselves that helped Felipe forge this sound in his beginning musical journey. Their names are Mr. Botello, Mr. Allen and Mr. Mungia. These three men have all since passed away but their impact upon Felipe will never be forgotten. After over 45 years of playing the trumpet, trombone and flugelhorn he has been very blessed to have been involved in Salsa, Merengue, Blues, Country Swing, Top 40, Jazz, Latin Jazz and Tejano so far in his career.
Felipe has performed and/or recorded with such notables to name a few; W.C. Clark, Ruben Ramos, Luis Shati, Alfonso Ramos, Alex D’Castro, Little Joe, Luisito Rosario, Augustine Ramirez, Gabe Nieto, Joe Bravo, Stephanie Urbina Jones and Sam Irwin. He has also shared the stage with Carlos Santana, Los Van Van, Cubanisimo, Trombone Shorty and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. There are many more of course but not enough space to name them all.
Felipe is currently working with his projects; Tiburon, Big Band Tejano, Trio 2 to 1, Salsa Libertad and Trio4mas. Along with these he also performed and/or recorded with The Brew, Kiko y La Banda, Rey Arteaga, Son y No Son, Mambo Blue and La Vida Loca.Highlights:
- For the 6th year in a row in Oct 2016, Tiburon (Latin Jazz) performed at the Corpus Christi Jazz Festival as the closing act to a dancing and standing room only crowd.
- Performed at the Shelley Lares Showcase Aug 2016 with Big Band Tejano at the Tejano National Convention in Las Vegas, NV. Was requested to play for 30 more minutes to two standing ovations.
- Performed with Cowboy Manuel Donley at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. in Sept 2014 at his NEA Recipient Award concert.
- Nominated for Latin Grammy in 2013 and 2014 after recording the brass section, trumpet/ trombone for Johnny Hernandez on his last CDs.
- Latin Grammy 2008 Ruben Ramos
- Nominated for Latin Grammy 2003 Ruben Ramos
- Currently over 120 recordings (adding more) to his credit playing trumpet, trombone, flugelhorn, hand percussion and background vocals.