Luis Ortiz also known as “Perico” was born on December 26th 1949 at San Juan, Puerto Rico. He is a trumpet player, composer, musical arranger and producer.
Ortiz was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the capital city of the island. He was raised in Santurce, a sector of San Juan. His family’s love of music had influenced him before he was old enough to attend school. When his parents realized that their child was interested in music, they enrolled him in the la Escuela Libre de Música Puerto Rico a school that specializes in music. From there he went on to study at the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico.
Puerto Rican Symphony Orchestra
After he graduated from the Conservatory, Ortiz enrolled and attended the University of Puerto Rico to continue his musical education and where he would eventually earn his Bachelors Degree. In 1967, at the age of eighteen, Ortiz participated as a guest sololist with the Puerto Rican Symphony Orchestra conducted by Pablo Casals.
In 1970, Ortiz moved to New York City and gained recognition as a talented trumpet player, composer, arranger and producer for his work with the likes of Tito Puente, Mongo Santamaría, Fania All Stars, Blondie and David Bowie. He also accompanied Ann-Margret, Dionne Warwick, Diahann Carroll, Trini Lopez, Engelbert Humperdinck, Sammy Davis, Jr., Tony Bennett, Paul Anka and The Supremes with his trumpet.
Ortiz’s own band
In 1971, Ortiz formed his own band and won the “Diplo” award in Puerto Rico for “The Best Trumpet Player of the Year”. He was also awarded four Latin New York Magazine Trophies, “Best Trumpet Player of the Year”, “Arranger of the Year”, “Best Orchestra of the Year” and “Musician of the Year”. In 1981, he was awarded an “ACE” Award for “Best Intrepeter of Salsa Music” and another “ACE” award in 1982 for the “Best New York Orchestra”. In 1987, Ortiz and his band set out on a world tour which included the following places: United States, Puerto Rico, South America, Central America and Europe.
Luis “Perico” Ortiz Productions, Inc.
In 1988, Ortiz founded his first company, Dialen Promotions, Inc. The company offers advertising, sound engineering, production and arrangement services in its own studios for radio and television “jingles”. Among his clients are Smirnoff, McDonald’s, Kodak, John Casablancas, Polaroid and HBO.
In 1993, Ortiz founded in Puerto Rico another company, Luis “Perico” Ortiz Productions, Inc. His new clients include Walt Disney Company and Quincy Jones. During the decade of the 1990s, Ortiz traveled with his band and performed in Aruba, Colombia and Japan. He also performed in Puerto Rico, alongside Lucecita Benítez and Tommy Olivencia, at the Luis A. Ferré Center of the Performing Arts in San Juan. Ortiz directed and produced a recording for Japanese singer Yoshihito Fukumoto member of the band Sweet Basil, Inc.
In 2002, Ortiz won a “TU Musica” Award for the “Best Christmas Production” and in 2004 he produced the first ever salsa gospel album. Luis “Perico” Ortiz currently continues to produce music and sound tracks. He is also a professor at the Music Conservatory of Puerto Rico where he teaches Jazz Performance and Caribbean Music.
Year Album Artist 2011 Live in Africa Fania All-Stars Trumpet 2011 Lo Que le Gusta a Mi Gente Live Grupo Manía Composer, Featured Artist 2010 Ponte Duro: The Fania All Stars Story Fania All-Stars Soloist, Trumpet 2009 Many Moods Yolanda Duke Arranger 2008 Campeones: A Band and Their Music Fania All-Stars Guest Artist, Soloist, Trumpet 2008 Mano a Mano Alberto Barros Guest Artist 2008 The Complete Studio Albums, Vol. 1 Héctor Lavoe Arranger 2008 Trompeta Tropical Humberto Ramírez Arranger, Bajo Sexto, Composer, Keyboards, Percussion, Piano, Primary Artist, Trumpet 2007 Cristo Está En Victoria Luis “Perico” Ortíz Composer, Primary Artist 2007 Dejalo Entrar Luis “Perico” Ortíz Composer, Primary Artist 2006 Celebra Tu Navidad: Con Tu Música Pop y Tropical Primary Artist 2006 El Hit Parade La Secta Allstar Trumpet 2006 Salsa Mania [DVD] Arranger, Primary Artist, Soloist, Trumpet 2005 Consejo La Secta Allstar Trumpet 2005 Gospel for J.F.P. III: Tribute To Jaco Pastorius Cuerda 2005 Puerto Rican Masters: Tributo Al Sonero del Pueblo [DVD] Composer 2005 Tribute to Fania All Stars Gerardo Rosales Arranger 2005 Tributo Al Sonero del Pueblo: Marvin Santiago Engineer, Group Member, Mezcla, Musical Director, Primary Artist, Producer, Recording, Trumpet 2004 Con Salsa y Sabor Sammy DeLeon Arranger 2004 En Mi País Arranger, Coros, Engineer, Producer, Trumpet, Vocal Director 2004 Fuerza Gigante: Live in Puerto Rico April 27, 2001 Ray Barretto Choir/Chorus, Mixing, Soloist, Vocals 2004 Las 32 Mas Grandes De… Tommy Olivencia Composer 2004 Live at Yankee Stadium Fania All-Stars Vocals 2004 Objetivo Fama: Una Navidad Con Todos [CD & DVD] Composer, Engineer, Mastering, Mezcla, Primary Artist, Producer 2004 Oro: Salsa Primary Artist 2004 Salsa Night Live Composer 2003 Alegre Caballero Ruben Rada Cuerda 2003 De Tiempo en Tiempo Miguel Martin Arranger 2003 Plena Mix Non Stop-Bailable Editing, Mastering 2003 Pupy Santiago y la Descarga Cubana Pupy Santiago Mixing, Producer, Trumpet 2003 Voces del Milenio: Salsa, Vol. 2 Composer, Primary Artist 2002 100 Años: Live en Concierto Andy Montañez Composer, Guiro, Maracas, Mastering, Mezcla, Performer, Post Production Engineer, Producer 2002 40 Aniversario [Sony International] Tommy Olivencia Arranger, Editing, Mastering, Trumpet 2002 Jamming Luis “Perico” Ortíz Arranger, Bajo Sexto, Composer, Coro, Director, Engineer, Executive Producer, Flugelhorn, Guiro, Maracas, Mezcla, Piano, Primary Artist, Producer, Programming, Sintetizador, Trumpet 2002 Millonarios de la Salsa Luis “Perico” Ortíz Composer, Primary Artist 2002 Parrandeando en la Noche Buena Primary Artist 2002 Que Pasa?: The Best of Fania All-Stars Fania All-Stars Trumpet 2002 Salsa Caliente de Nu York Rubén Blades Arranger 2002 Salsa Party Time 2002 Performer, Primary Artist 2002 Se Boto La Salsa Performer, Primary Artist 2001 Afro-Cuban Grooves, Vol. 4 [Wagram] Arranger 2001 Barreto 50th Anniversary Ray Barretto Editing, Guest Artist, Mastering, Mixing, Producer, Soloist 2001 Grandes Exitos Eddy Herrera Bass 2001 Instinto y Deseo Victor Manuelle Trumpet 2001 Intenso Gilberto Santa Rosa Arranger 2001 Las Paginas de Mi Vida Tito Gomez Bass 2001 Para Todo el Mundo Pedro Arroyo Trumpet 2001 Salsa del Ayer, Vol. 2 Composer, Performer, Primary Artist 2001 Serie 32 Tommy Olivencia Composer 2001 Tu Bien Lo Sabes Héctor Lavoe Arranger 2000 Afro-Cuban Fiesta Composer 2000 Baladas Inolvidables: En Salsa Arranger 2000 Fania Superhits Producer 2000 Johnny Ortiz Y Taibori Johnny Ortiz Arranger, Musical Director, Trumpet 1999 Afro-Cuban Grooves, Vol. 4 [Melodie] Arranger, Trumpet 1999 Agua de Cuba Francisco Aguabella Composer 1999 Hot Salsa [RMM] Arranger 1999 Lo Mejor De Luis “Perico” Ortíz Composer, Primary Artist 1999 Navidad Tropical de la Isla Performer, Primary Artist 1999 RMM at the Movies Arranger 1999 Too Hot Salsa Arranger, Primary Artist 1998 Combinacion Latina, Vol. 1 Arranger, Composer, Primary Artist, Trumpet 1998 Ritmo Sabor Y Salsa Performer, Primary Artist 1998 Si Que Esta Esta Salsa Performer, Primary Artist 1998 Vive la Leyenda Tommy Olivencia Composer, Maracas, Mixing, Producer, Trumpet, Vocals (Background) 1997 Greatest Hits Cheo Feliciano Arranger 1997 Greatest Hits Domingo Quiñones Arranger 1996 20 Anniversary of the NY Salsa Festival: 1975-1995 Arranger 1996 Cafe Con Leche Y Dos De Azucar Luis “Perico” Ortíz Arranger, Choir/Chorus, Composer, Cover Design, Director, Engineer, Flugelhorn, Maracas, Mixing, Primary Artist, Producer, Programming, Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part, Trumpet 1996 Combinacion Perfecta Arranger, Soloist, Trumpet 1996 De Vuelta Al Sabor Nahyra Arranger, Director, Engineer, Keyboards, Mixing, Percussion, Producer, Programming, Trumpet, Vocals (Background) 1996 Futuro De Un Pueblo Jorge Escobar Arranger 1996 Hijo De Rosa Johnny Kenton Trumpet 1996 In Comparables Limi-T 21 Guest Artist, Trumpet 1996 La Clave Latina Performer, Primary Artist 1996 Mi Meta Domingo Quiñones Guest Artist 1996 Primera Clase Primera Clase Arranger 1995 A Mi Puerto Rico Rafael de Jesus Arranger 1995 Amor, Vida y Sentimiento Ismael Quintana Trumpet 1995 Con Respeto Luisito Carrion Arranger, Trumpet 1995 Feliz Y Dichoso Tito Allen Arranger 1995 Nativo Plácido Domingo Guest Artist 1995 Para Nosotros Dos Leila Lissette Arranger 1995 Solo Por Ti Nino Segarra Arranger 1995 Tremenda Dimension Dimensión Latina Composer 1995 Trina Medina Trina Medina Trumpet 1995 Tropical Pedro Conga Trumpet 1994 A Puro Golpe Orquesta Guayacán Engineer, Mixing, Vocals (Background) 1994 Ahora Y Siempre Tito Allen Arranger, Trumpet 1994 Cambio de Sentido Cano Estremera Arranger 1994 Donde Nadie Llego Madera Fina Arranger 1994 El De Mas Poder Puerto Rican Power Orchestra Guest Artist, Trumpet 1994 Navidad en el Tropico Disney Arranger, Engineer, Mixing, Producer, Trumpet, Vocals (Background) 1994 Para Tu Fiesta José Nogueras Arranger 1994 Pueblo Pide Que Toquen Roberto Roena Guest Artist 1994 Recordando El Ayer Celia Cruz Main Personnel, Trumpet 1993 Con el Corazón Abíerto Orquesta Guayacán Engineer 1993 Good Times Junior Gonzalez Arranger, Trumpet 1993 Motivos Cheo Feliciano Arranger, Bass, Director, Engineer, Flute, Maracas, Mixing, Percussion, Piano, Producer, Synthesizer, Trumpet, Vocals (Background) 1993 Sangre Nueva Chrissy Arranger, Bass, Director, Drum Programming, Engineer, Guiro, Keyboard Programming, Liner Notes, Producer, Synthesizer, Trumpet, Vocals (Background) 1993 Saxofobia Plus Trumpet 1992 Condename Tito Rojas Bass 1992 El Astro Canta Luis “Perico” Ortíz Arranger, Composer, Flugelhorn, Mixing, Musical Director, Primary Artist, Producer, Trumpet, Vocals 1992 La Vecina Santiago Ceron Engineer, Mixing, Multi Instruments, Musical Director, Producer, Vocals (Background) 1992 Sexy Salsa Mario E. Ortiz Mixing 1991 One of a Kind Luis “Perico” Ortíz Composer, Primary Artist, Trumpet 1991 Perspectiva Gilberto Santa Rosa Arranger 1991 Tropical People Tropical People Trumpet 1991 Valio la Pena Esperar Pedro Conga Bajo Sexto 1991 When the Night Is Over “Little” Louie Vega Guest Artist 1990 Breaking Night India Producer 1989 Guasasa Fania All-Stars Additional Personnel, Flugelhorn, Guest Artist 1988 In Concert: Live at the University of Puerto Rico Batacumbele Composer 1987 Afro Carribean Jazz Batacumbele Composer 1986 Live in Japan 1976 Fania All-Stars Member of Attributed Artist, Soloist, Trumpet 1985 Homenaje a Beny More, Vol. 3 Celia Cruz Main Personnel, Trumpet 1985 La Vida En Broma Luis “Perico” Ortíz Primary Artist 1982 The Hunter Blondie Horn 1981 Celia & Willie Celia Cruz Arranger 1981 Into the 80’s Tipica ’73 Arranger 1981 Latin Connection Fania All-Stars Trumpet 1980 Celia/Johnny/Pete Celia Cruz Soloist, Trumpet 1980 Commitment Fania All-Stars Additional Personnel, Soloist, Trumpet 1979 Cross Over Fania All-Stars Guest Artist, Soloist 1979 Los Amigos Johnny Pacheco Main Personnel, Trumpet 1979 Los Distinguidos Johnny Pacheco Arranger 1979 My Own Image Luis “Perico” Ortíz Primary Artist, Trumpet 1979 Super Salsa [New Generation] Luis “Perico” Ortíz Arranger, Composer, Concept, Flugelhorn, Flute, Mixing, Music Direction, Primary Artist, Producer, Trumpet, Vocals (Background) 1979 Tipica 73 en Cuba, Intercambio Cultural Tipica ’73 Arranger 1978 49 Minutes Willie Colón Arranger 1978 Comedia Héctor Lavoe Arranger, Trumpet 1978 Fiesta de Soneros Tommy Olivencia Producer 1978 La 8va. Maravilla Roberto Roena Trumpet 1978 Live in Africa Fania All-Stars Trumpet 1978 Siembra Rubén Blades Arranger 1978 Spanish Fever Fania All-Stars Soloist, Trumpet 1977 El Negro Chombo Tommy Olivencia Arranger, Producer, Trumpet 1977 Eye of the Beholder Ray Barretto Trumpet 1977 Llego Melon Johnny Pacheco Arranger, Trumpet 1977 No Voy Al Festival Ismael Miranda Main Personnel, Trumpet 1977 Rhythm Machine Fania All-Stars Soloist, Trumpet, Vibraphone 1977 Spandisco Love Childs Afro Cuban Blues Band Trumpet 1976 Conquista Musical La Sonora Ponceña Director, Musical Direction, Musical Director 1976 De Ti Depende (It’s Up to You) Héctor Lavoe Arranger, Arreglos 1976 El Gigante del Sur La Sonora Ponceña Arranger, Trumpet 1976 Introducing Lalo Rodríguez and Simon Pérez Tommy Olivencia Audio Production, Main Personnel, Producer, Trumpet 1976 Live at Yankee Stadium, Vol. 2 Fania All-Stars Main Personnel, Trumpet 1976 Tribute to Tito Rodriguez Fania All-Stars Member of Attributed Artist, Soloist, Trumpet 1975 Live at Yankee Stadium, Vol. 1 Fania All-Stars Member of Attributed Artist, Trumpet 1975 Planté Bandera Tommy Olivencia Arranger, Audio Production, Main Personnel, Producer, Trumpet 1975 Tremendo Caché Celia Cruz Additional Personnel, Trumpet 1974 Celia & Johnny Celia Cruz Main Personnel, Trumpet 1974 Latin-Soul-Rock Fania All-Stars Main Personnel, Trumpet 1974 Live at Yankee Stadium Mongo Santamaria Main Personnel, Trumpet 1974 Roberto Roena y su Apollo Sound, Vol. 6 Roberto Roena Arranger 1973 Felicidades Cheo Feliciano Main Personnel, Trumpet 1972 Fuego Mongo Santamaria Flugelhorn, Flute, Main Personnel, Trumpet 1970 Conjunto Clasico Conjunto Clasico Arranger, Trumpet Emociones Luis “Perico” Ortíz Primary Artist Exitos Vol. 1 Luis “Perico” Ortíz Primary Artist Exitos Vol. 2 Luis “Perico” Ortíz Primary Artist