Freddy “Fuego” Gonzalez – Bandleader

Freddy_BioHometown: New York, NY

Freddy grew up in a musical family. He began playing the trombone at age 13, and gained most of his experience performing in big bands and salsa jam sessions. It wasn’t until he turned twenty that he decided to pursue music as a profession, and transferred from a pre- law concentration at Fordham University to study performance and composition at Berklee College of Music. After two years at Berklee, he decided to return to New York to complete his undergraduate studies at The New School for Jazz. After graduating from The New School, he then studied abroad and graduated with a Master’s Degree in Film Scoring at Berklee College’s Valencia campus in Spain. For his master’s thesis, Freddy recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London, composing for and conducting a 51-piece orchestra.

Directly after Berklee Valencia, Freddy immediately began touring with Grammy-winning artist Alejandro Sanz. The “Sirope” world tour spanned over 15 countries with audiences of up to to 40,000 people. The live DVD, “Sirope Vivo,” won three awards, including the Latin Grammy for Best Long-form Music Video in 2016, and has been televised on HBO Latino in the U.S. The performance at the Viña del Mar Festival in Chile was broadcast live in front of 100 million viewers in South America.

Freddy has studied with Reggie Workman, Phil Wilson, Wycliffe Gordon, Jane Ira Bloom, Jimmy Owens, and Elliot Mason, among others. Featured on Wu Tang Clan’s “A Better Tomorrow,” released in December 2014. Performed at the “Tudo é Jazz” Festival in Ouro Preto, Brazil in 2013. He has opened for Ruben Blades, Eddie Palmieri, B.B. King, Talib Kweli, De La Soul, and MC Hammer, while performing alongside Alejandro Sanz, Jesse McCartney, Bootsy Collins, Arturo O’Farrill, Bobby Sanabria, and Melissa Aldana. Notable venues include the Barclaycard Center (Madrid), El Estadio Nacional (Peru), The Bimhuis (Amsterdam), The Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.), Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Yankee Stadium and The Blue Note in NYC.

Television appearances include The Today Show with Jesse McCartney, CNN with The Freddy Fuego X-Tet, Fox News with The Patriot Brass Ensemble, and Noturno in Brazil with The Underground Horns. Radio appearances with The Fuego X-Tet include WNYC’s Gig Alert in 2014 and WBGO in 2012.