Pablo “Chino” Nunez is an accomplished percussionist, multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, recording artist, band leader, and educator, multiple Grammy, Latin Grammy and Billboard winner/nominee, he has performed/toured with a verifiable Who’s Who in the world of Latin music, as well as with his own critically acclaimed ensemble the Chino Nunez Orchestra.
His diverse recording and performing experience includes work with legendary figures Tito Puente, Hector Lavoe, Celia Cruz, Johnny Pacheco, Marc Anthony, El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico, Ray Barretto, Willie Colon, Ruben Blades, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Larry Harlow, Tito Nieves, Spanish Harlem Orchestra and a host of others. Chino has performed in venues all over the world including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, North Sea Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival to name just a few.
Adopted as an infant, he is the only son of Puerto Rican immigrants raised in New York City’s Sunset Park section of Brooklyn. Inspired and encouraged at a young age, Chino attributes his success to the “masters” whom he studied from and mentored with idolizing many instrumentalists most notably Tito Puente, Orestes Villato, Nicky Marrero, The Beatles, The Jackson 5, James Brown, Miles Davis, Gil Evans, and Ella Fitzgerald among others. Mr. Nunez’s career spans four decades.
Mr. Nunez’s wall of credits as a noted producer, composer, arranger, and musician is innumerable. He has participated in numerous Grammy recordings and his music can be found in compilations all over the world. A respected producer, he is distinctively known for fusing styles with indefatigable, unique and rhythmic swing in Salsa, Big Band, Latin Jazz, Christian, Gospel, Bachata, Reggaeton, Hip Hop and R&B rhythms. He has also participated on Broadway in shows including “The Life of Celia Cruz”, “Evita”, “Cape Man”, “Lion King” and A Tale of Two Cities” featuring his arrangement “Another 100 People”.
Chino creates professional, effective and ear-catching voice-overs’ and jingles’ and has participated, performed and/or produced radio and television commercials and even had a cameo role in the major motion picture “Moscow on the Hudson”. Additionally, he has been featured in countless press and magazines including write up’s in the Sun Sentinel (August 2011) and Drum Magazine (June 2008).
In 2005, Chino launched his solo career to worldwide acclaim with the highly anticipated release of his debut album “Chino Nunez & Friends, A Tribute to the Dancers, It’s ShoTime” featuring an all-star line-up of musicians from New York City, which he produced and arranged. That CD remains on top play-lists, has received countless recognition and is included in compilations worldwide. “Homenaje Al Bailador” (A Tribute to Dancers) was selected for a film soundtrack. “Chino Nunez, Doctor Salsa” followed in 2007, which he also produced and arranged, is hailed a DJ’s delight with its recipe and powerful combination of all original tracks, recorded by pristine musicians. Chino Nunez Orchestra’s 3rd production will be released in early summer 2013.
A respected educator, known for simplistic yet thorough teachings, consultations, and motivational speaking, has earned him worldwide recognition as a pioneer and warrior. His presentations include music conservatories, public schools, dance studios, conferences, conventions and universities, as well as industry standard percussion instructional DVD’s that he produced, performed and narrated, distributed by Latin Percussion and published by Alfred Music Publishing.
|2012||Desde Nueva York a Puerto Rico||Eddie Montalvo||Arreglos, Timbales|
|2010||The Rough Guide To Salsa Divas||Arranger|
|2008||La Japonesa Salsera||Yoko||Arranger, Bells, Bongos, Congas, Engineer, Producer, Timbales|
|2007||A Toda Velocidad||Frankie Morales||Guest Artist, Timbales|
|2007||Rough Guide to Salsa Dura NYC||Arranger, Performer|
|2007||Salsa Bands of New York||Arranger|
|2007||Te Lo Digo Cantando||Luis Acosta||Arranger, Bongos, Congas, Engineer, Producer, Timbales|
|2007||Vivo por Ti||Johnny Rivera||Arranger|
|2005||Chino Nunez and Friends Its Shotime Strictly Hardcore on 1or2: Tribute to the Dancers||Pablo “Chino” Nuñez||Primary Artist|
|2005||Ritmo de Vida||3D Ritmo de Vida||Percussion|
|2004||El Avión de la Salsa||Jimmy Bosch||Guest Artist, Timbales|
|2004||Feet: A Global Dance Party||Timbales|
|2004||Mi Ritmo Llego||George Delgado||Arranger, Piano, Transcription|
|2003||Don’t Get It Twisted||Son Callejero||Percussion|
|2003||Let Him Hear My Heart||Deborah Resto||Timbales|
|2003||Siguiendo la Tradicion||Los Soneros del Barrio||Timbales|
|2002||Contra la Fuerza||Ernie Acevedo||Arranger, Bongos, Engineer, Piano, Timbales|
|2002||Lo Mejor Del||Conjunto Colores||Bongos, Timbales|
|2002||Un Gran Dia en el Barrio||Spanish Harlem Orchestra||Timbales|
|2001||The Water in the Well||Debbie Friedman||Latin Percussion, Percussion|
|2000||Johnny Ortiz Y Taibori||Johnny Ortiz||Timbales|
|1998||Afro-Cuban Grooves, Vol. 3 [Melodie]||Timbales|
|1998||Los Hombres No Deben Llorar||Hermanos Colon||Timbales|
|1997||Back to the Mambo: Tribute to Machito||José “El Canario” Alberto||Timbales|
|1997||Con Amor Se Gana||Frankie Negron||Timbales|
|1997||Hija de Nueva York||Ina Kaina||Timbales|
|1997||I Like It Like That||Tito Nieves||Timbales|
|1997||Imagen ’97||Ernie Acevedo||Arranger|
|1997||No Puedo Evitar Enamorarme||Jaime Rovira||Timbales|
|1997||Otra Vez||Sandy y Papo||Member of Attributed Artist, Percussion|
|1997||Salsa Con Swing||Eddie Garcia||Bongos, Congas, Timbales|
|1996||En Transicion||Van Lester||Timbales|
|1996||Familia RMM Recordando a Selena||Timbales|
|1996||On Time||José “El Canario” Alberto||Timbales|
|1996||Quien Diria||David Benus||Timbales|
|1994||Ponme a Gozar||Orquesta Yarey||Timbales|
|1993||Otra Nota||Marc Anthony||Timbales|
|1993||Preparate Bailador||Ray de la Paz||Timbales|
|1993||Sangre Nueva||Chrissy||Congas, Timbales|
|Baila Con Swing Sabroso||Ray Rodriguez||Bongos, Guest Artist, Timbales|
|Fantagious||Ritmo Masacote||Bongos, Percussion, Timbales|
|Lo Mejor De La Salsa De Los Hermanos Colón: Compilación||Hermanos Colon||Synthesizer, Technician, Timbales|
|Mi Puerto Rico||Elliot Maysonet||Arranger, Bass, Bongos, Congas, Engineer, Guiro, Maracas, Piano, Producer, Synthesizer, Timbales|