Colorado’s Original Salsa & Latin Jazz Band
Conjunto Colores has opened for such bands as: Tito Puente Orquestra, Sonora Poncena, Bob James, Willie Colon, and Ruben Blades, just to name a few. They have appeared at the following festivals, The Taste of Colorado, Cherry Creek arts festival, Cinco de Mayo Celebrations, Ski Fiesta, Telluride jazz festival and Denver City Park Jazz Festival. They had the honor of playing for former Mayor Wellington E Webb Red Rocks jazz Festival. Lastly sharing the stage with the great Arturo Sandoval, Diane Schuur under the stars at Red Rocks Amphitheater.
Between 1996 and 2013 Conjunto Colores under the leadership of Francisco Mejias has released 5 Cd’s, “La Hora Llego”, “Mi Planeta”, “En Otro Nivel”, “Lo Mejor Del Conjunto Colores”, and the latest “Con Colores Se Goza.”
Conjunto Colores is one of the few bands that specializes in “Salsa Dura” (Hard Salsa) which emphasizes strong percussion and horns over vocals. The band performs regularly at top salsa clubs in the US and abroad. Conjunto Colores frequently performs at La Rumba, D-Note, Blue Ice, Mercury Café, Oskar Blues, and Shine club in Boulder to name a few. Some of the festivals Conjunto Colores performs in are: Taste of Colorado, Cherry Creek Jazz Festival, Rhythm On The River Festival, Five Points Jazz Festival, Taste of Puerto Rico Festival, Cinco De Mayo Celebration, Columbian Day Festival, Sonny Lawson Jazz Festival, The First Annual Salsa Music Festival, and many more!
During Francisco’s musical career he has played with the late great Dizzy Gillespie, Randy Westin, Claire Fisher, Gato Barbieri, Carmen Jimenez, Eddie Santiago, and Tito Nieves.
On his latest project he was proud to collaborate with some of New York and San Francisco’s finest composers and arrangers. On the CD “En Otro Nivel”, it features compositions By Lino Iglesias, Van Lester and Johnny Ortiz. Arrangers are Willie Ruiz, John Calloway, and Wayne Wallace.
The current members of Conjunto Colores are:
Francisco Mejias (Band Leader/Director) – Vocals & Timbales
Cristine Barbosa – Vocals
Bernardo Alvarado – Vocals
Paul McDaniels – Bass
Victor Mestas – Piano
Jose Espino – Congas
Howard ” el Timbalon” Hernandez – Timbales
Dennis Jaramillo – Bongos
Dawn Kramer - Trumpet
Tim Libby – Trumpet
Tom Ball – Trombone
Mark Burditt - Trombone