Little Johnny Rivero
Little Johnny Rivero legendary congero, percussionist, producer, song writer and band leader was born in New York City to Puerto Rican parents. As a young boy, Little Johnny was drawn to the sounds and rhythms of the rumberos players from Jefferson and Randall's Island parks. Little Johnny began practicing percussion at age ten and played in the school band. Soon after, he took dance lesson which eventually led to performances on stage with the bands of the era at such famous venues as The Manhattan Center, The Colgate Garden, Copacabana and the Palladium. At age fourteen, Little Johnny joined Orquesta Colon, the youngest Latin band in New York City and recorded two albums with them. Johnny moved to Puerto Rico with his parents and joined La Sonora Ponceña. After playing bongos with them for a year and a half he switched to congas, which rekindled the love affair he had begun with this instrument as a small child. During the sixteen years Little Johnny played with La Sonora Ponceña, he traveled the world and made eighteen highly respected albums with them. Currently, Little Johnny is traveling the world with the winner of nine Grammy awards, Eddie Palmieri. In addition, Johnny continues to work at studio sessions and perform with many of the biggest and most respected acts in latin music including his band. Johnny’s first solo effort, ”Pasos Gigante” is very well received by critics and music fan alike. Johnny also wrote and produced every song on his cd, showcasing his arranging and playing abilities.Currently, Little Johnny is working on his new cd title "Vengo Echando Candela" it will for sure take you to his artistic journeys musically prominent sound and performes. Little Johnny's credits include work with Eddie Palmieri, Charlie Palmieri, Dave Valentin, Ruben Blades, Cheo Feliciano, Andy Montanez, Ismael Miranda,Ismael Qintana,Adalberto Santiago, Justo Betancourt, Bobby Valentin, Celia Cruz,Giovanni Hidalgo,Ray Barretto,Patato Valdes,Changito,Tata Guines,John Santos, Frankie Ruiz, Sergio George, Desgarga Boricua all Star, RMM All Star, Batacumbele, Alfredo De La Fe, Victor Manuelle, Domingo Quinones.In the Latin Jazz field Brian Lynch, Conrad Herwig,Tim Ries (Rolling Stones) Donald Harrison, Phil Woods, David Sanchez,Miguel Zenon, Monty Alexander, Joe Locke, Kenny G,Bebo Valdes, Paquito D Rivera, David Murray,Kathy Watson, and numerous other artists. Little Johnny has participated with three Grammy Awards Winners.