NIÑO JOSELE

BIOGRAPHY


 

 

Niño Josele, flamenco guitarist, was born in 1974 on the shores of the Mediterranean. He is a descendent of guitarists and singers, who had a guitar placed in his hands by his father at the tender age of 6.

 

He developed among the great flamenco masters, among which we can highlight Paco de Lucia, with whom he spent 6 years touring, and Enrique Morente with whom he made various recordings and tours.

 

His career is marked by the influence of jazz, when he discovered the pianist Bill Evans, he started learning about harmonies and progressions, which led him to play with Chick Corea, Phil Woods, Marc Johnson and Joe Lovano.

 

He made his debut in 1995 with “Calle ancha” , which was recorded in France in only two days.

 

 

In 2003 he published his second album “Niño Josele”, the album in which artists of many musical styles surrounding him at that time participated in: Enrique Morente, Andrés Calamaro, Aziz Shamaoui…

 

The release of “Paz” (2006) and “Española” (2009) means an immersion in jazz that opens the doors towards new and enriching musical horizons for flamenco, accompanied by a cast of great musicians: Freddy Cole, Marc Johnson, Horacio El Negro Hernández, Joe Lovano, Tom Harrell, Jerry González, Javier Colina, Ralph Bowen, Alain Pérez, Piraña, Papo Vázquez, John Benítez… and a luxury collaboration, Phil Woods, the 78-year-old legendary jazz player, colleague and successor of Charlie Parker.

 

In 2012 he edited “El Mar de mi ventana”, a flamenco piece in which great friends collaborated: Paco de Lucía, Tomatito, Duquende, Carles Benavent and the brothers José Enrique Morente, Estrella Morente and Soleá Morente. It includes a bulería in tribute to Chick Corea: “A mi compadre Antonio”, on which Tomatito collaborated.

 

He was nominated for the Latin Grammys in 2010 and 2012 for his albums “Española” and “El mar de mi ventana”.

 

Niño Josele and the designer Javier Mariscal launched the advertising spot of the Mediterránea Codorníu Cava.

He collaborated in the movement “Playing for Change” with the union of musicians from all over the world, in a song for peace and equality.

Throughout his prolific career, he also recorded the music for two films:

In 2011 he recorded the soundtrack for the film “Black, Brown, White” from the director Erwin Wagenhofer, and in 2013 he set music to the film “Pensé que iba a haber fiesta”  directed by Victoria Galardi, composing and playing unreleased tracks: “Vicky”, “El grande” and “Amara”. The musicians Guillermo McGill and Javier Colina collaborated with him.

 

 
 
In 2013 Chick Corea published “Trilogy”, a CD in which Josele plays two live songs: “My foolish heart” and “Spain”.
 
 
 
 

 

In 2014 he recorded two duo projects:

 

“Chano & Josele” (2014), together with Chano Dominguez, with a selection of Brazilian works from the master Jobim, “Luiza”, “Olha María” and “Rosa”, by the famous Pixinguinha, “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg” by Michel Legrand and “Two for the Road”, a piece by Henry Mancini.

 

“Amar en paz”  (2014) is the union of the Estrella Morente’s voice and Niño Josele’s guitar, playing some jewels of Brazilian music. A statement of love for Brazilian music, showing once more that music does not have borders or nationalities.

 

At present, he will present a “new project” live, in which flamenco and jazz come together, performing both his own songs and great classics.

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