Primary Instrument: Band/orchestra
José Negroni, pianist and composer with an outstanding creativity, has acquired recognition in the world of Jazz. His band, Negroni’s Trio, is formed by his son Nomar Negroni, talented drummer and of great vigour (product of the Berklee College of Music); and of guest bass players like John Benitez, Marcos Panascia and Jonathan Estés, amongst others. The master performances of Negroni’s Trio achieve a truly amazing combination where jazz, classic lyricism and Afro Latin punches, merge.
Negroni is native of Puerto Rico and disciple of the salsa legend Papo Lucca, and technique and classic music teachers like the outstanding Alicia Morales. He was a teacher in the Music Conservatory in Puerto Rico for more than sixteen years. He had the chance of perform with the salsa’s greatest like La Sonora Ponceña and Apollo Sound. At the same time that he was establishing a successful career like one of the directors, producers and pop music arrangers most wanted; he was on tour as pianist and director with the biggest Latin sensations, for example: José Luis Rodriguez El Puma, Chayanne, Carmita Jiménez and Braulio.
His first album, Naturaleza/Nature (2003), in Universal Music Latino, combines progressive jazz elements, pop and Latin music, and at the same time gives homage to the spirit of his native island. Since its release, Naturaleza/Nature, has achieved places on the charts of jazz and new age radio stations, throughout the United States of America.
His next album, Piano/Drums/Bass (Universal Music Latino), was nominated in the category of Best Latin Jazz Album for the Latin Grammy (2005) and achieved the place amongst the top fifteen on the charts (Jazz Week Charts, USA). This album combines classic and , Afro Caribbean elements; bass lines with great rhythmic sense, piano vamps and brilliant percussion solos. With airplay in more than 370 worldwide radio stations, Negroni’s Trio has received an international ovation considerably since his release in the United States. In 2005 the album was released in Japan, Spain, Argentina, England, Greece, Uruguay, Indonesia and Mexico.
In 2007 Negroni offered up “Father & Son” on the Cacao Musica Label. Once again José and his son Nomar expand on their Latin roots with the help of Marco Panascia, double bass, Peruvian percussionist Alex Acuña on the cajon, vocalist Maria Nahima, and Puerto Rican Quique Domenech on the cuatro. This is their most ambitious project to date and is sure to gain momentum as people have a chance to listen and appreciate the music.
2012 saw the release of On The Way in which the Negroni's are joined by venerable Miami sax man Ed Calle. This record celebrates the father and son ten year anniversary as a working and recording ensemble.
The audiences of Negroni’s Trio are seduced by their classic lyricism, innovative and fresh piano improvisations, in the standard repertoire and in the original one as well. They maintain, actually, a vast schedule of international festivals and local presentations, which electrify repeatedly, a vast range of new audiences and followers.