Monday, November 18th, 2002 *Doors open 6pm Exclusive New York City Debut Alfredo De La Fe Orquesta Alfredo De La Fe, considered to be the top salsa and Latin Jazz violinists in the world, will debut his new group, Alfredo De La Fé and His Orchestra at the El Flamingo Night Club tonight. The performance promises to be very explosive. After being away for more than 20 years, Alfredo returned to New York and has appeared as a special invited guest for such greats as the Fania All Stars, Johnny Pacheco, Oscar de Leon, and his first appearance in New York was at the world renowned Beacon Theatre with the amazing band of the late "Machito". He shared the stage with great musicians like Carlos "Patato" Valdes, Gionvanni Hidalgo and Larry Harlow. Alfredo's performance is electrifying, and has won raving reviews in Europe and South America. After twenty years he has returned home to New York City. So, after work on Monday, head on down to El Flamingo and listen to great music, dance and enjoy a once in a lifetime event. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Alfredo De Le Fe is the first solo violinist in the world of Salsa. In 1965 he performed the Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky violin concertos at Carnegie Hall, which won him a scholarship to Julliard Arts. That same year he started to play with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. In 1966 Alfredo joins the José Fajardo orchestra, considered the best flute player in the world of salsa and Cuban music. This is when he made a change from classical to Salsa. His career starts to ascend through great Salsa stars such as Celia Cruz (his godmother). In 1972 he meets Eddie Palmieri and has the opportunity to participate in his Grammy awarded productions such as: "The Sun of Latin Music" & "Unfinished Masterpiece". In 1976, Alfredo moves to San Francisco to form part of Carlos Santana's group and returns to New York in 1977 to join Tipica 73, one of the hottest salsa bands in that era. He then records his first solo album in 1979 entitled "ALFREDO" LP Ventures, which was nominated for three Grammy awards. The song "Hot to Trot" from that same album reached the top 100 charts in the United States. In 1980 Alfredo joins the "Tito Puente's Latin Jazz Ensemble" as musical director and travels through Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America. Along with Tito Puente, he participated in some of the most important jazz festivals around the world. With the SAR All Stars he produced 40 LP's for artists such as: Roberto Torres, Papaito, Henry Fiol, Charanga 76, etc. He has performed with some of the most influential names in jazz such as Dizzy Gillespie, David Amram, Chick Corea, Larry Coryel, etc. Others important names Alfredo has performed with include Rubén Blades, Celia Cruz, Hector Lavoe, Willie Colón, Ray Barretto, Cheo Feliciano, Fania All Stars, Ismael Miranda, Larry Harlow, Charanga 76, Charanga Casino, Orquesta Broadway, Orquesta Novel, Dave Valentín & Herb Alpert among others. Alfredo De La Fe has also participated on the Grammy winners - "On Broadway" - Tito Puente and "Siembra" - Ruben Blades.