Biography

Irwin “Wito” Rodriguez came into this world some years ago. The son of two proud Puerto Rican parents in Chicago, Rodriguez found himself emerged not only in Latin music but also rock and roll, and Motown. It was apparent early on that his life would be led by music. Today he’s been nominated for a Hollywood Media Music Award as well as honored at the Miami Fox Music Awards for his English meets Salsa beats. With a career that spans back to the end of the ‘60s, Irwin “Wito” Rodriguez has shown no apparent signs of slowing down as he’s caught his second wind and is going full throttle towards music once again.

Growing up Rodriguez spent his free time playing guitar in rock bands, but in 1968 he decided to get back to his roots. A move to Puerto Rico allowed him to experience the Latin rhythms in a whole new way by way of amazing artists such as percussionist Chacon y Su Orquesta. A few years later he was back in the Windy City and a part of Orquesta La Justicia opening for Ismael Rivera, Ray Barreto, Willie Colon, El Gran Combo and the legendary Fania All-Stars. Joining the US Army in 1973 found the budding musician deployed to Germany.

There he kept the music alive and well, taking singing lessons with Opera singer Barbara Sutton while simultaneously creating two bands; El Conjunto Sabor and La Sonora Antillana. These orchestras accompanied artists from the Salsa field like Adalberto Santiago, Ismael Miranda, Tito Allen, Santitos Colon, Pete “El Conde” Rodriguez and the Queen of Salsa, Celia Cruz. When he found himself back in the states, he also started up Wito Rodriguez Salsa Jazz Orchestra under the guidance and musical direction of trumpet player and arranger, Jacinto Gino Picart. He also was the co-founder of Conexion Latina alongside German bandleader Rudi Fuesers. Together they brought forth the number one Salsa Orchestra in Europe, recording and releasing two full productions; Calorcito and Un Poco Loco.

Rodriguez managed to do and accomplish a lot from the ‘60s throughout the early ‘90s but then took a break. It wasn’t until several years ago that he decided to get back in the swing of things and concentrate on music once again. He released new music in 2015 and kept busy throughout the following year with live performances. By 2017 he was on his next release, Como el Viento. The album had songs he’d created while he was over in Europe that never made it back home, until then of course.

In 2018 Wito released a compilation album, The Best of Wito, which included a mixture of songs that were like a love letter to his fans. Songs that they loved throughout the years. That same year Wito was blessed to be nominated at the Hollywood Music Media Awards in Los Angeles, CA in November. That same month he was an honoree in the Fox Music Awards USA, in Miami. Which he was honored for being Army Veteran Salsero Singer.

Today Rodriquez is continuing with making strides with the release of his 2019 album,
Soy: Distinto y Diferente. Featuring 10 songs, the new album explores a lot of his roots as well as universal ideas like relationships. “Soy Caribe” is a song Rodriquez penned in honor of all his fellow Carribean brothers and sisters, while “Yo No Te Echo La Culpa” is a song about what happens when one separates themselves from a relationship.

With the new album out now, Rodriquez is focused on performing for audiences near and far, waiting on the Latin Grammy announcements, and also waiting to see if he takes home the Best Traditional Latin Song award at the 2019 Hollywood Media Music Awards. While he awaits all of that and performs life, he’s also finding time to work on his next album that is due out in 2021.

Irwin “Wito” Rodriguez started out life like many, just a kid growing up in love with music. Unlike the majority, he then took that love and spun it into a career that spans back to the late ‘60s. And while there were some breaks here and there, a stint in the US Army, and more - he always managed to find his way back to the music thanks to that undeniable Salsa Beat.

News

  • Wito Rodriguez nominee of his song Soy Caribe via the Hollywood Music Media Awards in Hollywood, California  

  • https://issuu.com/btinus1/docs/international-salsa-magazine-ed-105-september-2019

     

  • SOY DISTINTO Y DIFERENTE – WITO RODRÍGUEZ (2019)

    Tras casi 18 meses de ardua labor en la selección de los temas, arreglos, grabaciones y lanzamiento de algunos sencillos en el transcurso de este tiempo, por fin tenemos ya entre nosotros la tercera producción personal del experimentado cantante Irwin Rodríguez, mejor conocido en el ambiente artístico como Wito Rodríguez; por cierto, el mismo de la Conexión Latina (Alemania) y quien hace casi cinco años emprendiera su carrera en solitario.

    SOY DISTINTO Y DIFERENTE, es el título de la placa discográfica, nombre que va de la mano con la evolución de Wito como artista y ser humano: basta escuchar la producción para darnos cuenta de ello.

    Reseña de Ygor Deyko Ruiz Sánchez sobre el reciente lanzamiento del reconocido intérprete Wito Rodríguez , "Soy Distinto y Diferente" para "LO NUEVO EN EL BARRIO", sección de Herencia Rumbera que apoya lo nuevo que se está realizando en la música latina.

    Pueden disfrutar la nota completa vía este enlace:
    https://herenciarumbera.wixsite.com/…/soy-distinto-y-difere…

    Herencia Rumbera APOYANDO LA VIGENCIA DE LA MÚSICA #HERENCIARUMBERA #LONUEVOENELBARRIO #WITORODRÍGUEZ #SOYDISTINTOYDIFERENTE

  • 'SOY' Distinto Y Diferente bilingual CD & Vinyl available March of 2019!! Stay tuned for this my new and different approach CD! Bringing the Spanish fans with the American speaking fans through this bilingual new production.

    https://nmjanimalmusicrecords.com/

     

  • For the month of November, you can buy the magazine and read more about  me > Wito Rodriguez and my music career

     

    http://www.lifoti.com/2019/11/wito-rodriguez-with-career-that-spans.html

  • INDIE SPOONFUL WRITES ABOUT THE CD SOY Distinto y Diferente FROM BILINGUAL SALSA SINGER WITO RODRIGUEZ

  • Featured Artists In This Issue

    Vladimir The Vampyre
    Silent Machines
    The Mes
    Keyon Harris
    Sabrina Fallah
    J-RO
    Sean Mazur
    Rotjoch
    Rigamortis
    TULIMERI

    Melissa-Art

    Silent Machines

    Wito Rodriguez

Shows

  • May 27 Sat

    12:00 AM

    Wito on the go

    TV Shows:Treffpunt “Dritte Welt” WDR 3rd program - Klavierstunde BR 3rd program - Hessen 3rd Fiesta de Salsa program - Blau Weiss BR 3rd program Zurich TVRadio: Bayerischer Rundfunk Program - Smooth Jazz WSJT Saint Petersburg, FloridaFestivals/Tours/Concerts:Many concerts in ChicagoJazz Festival Berlin “Jazz Tag”Jazz Festival Zurich, SwitzerlandJazz Festival “Ost/Est” Nuremberg, GermanyJazz Ball Munchen Germany1st Fiesta Concert de Salsa Koln, Germany2nd Fiesta de Salsa Frankfurt, GermanyIsamel Miranda & Wito Rodriguez Conexion Latina Tour EuropeLarry Harlow & Wito Rodriguez Conexion Latina Tour EuropeIsmael Miranda, Santitos Colon & Wito Rodriguez Conexion Latina Tour EuropeJazz Festival “Italia”New Years TV Show ” Barcelona Spain”Paris “Metropol”Chivas Regal Jazz Festival Puerto RicoMany Seminars of music: Amsterdam, Italy, Frankfurt, etcFania All Star concerts with own bandPennsylvania Senior Idol's (got to the finals)Musikfest Bethlehem, PA Aug 2013Levitt Steal Stacks Bethlehem, PA 2014Hauser Estate Winery, Pennsylvania Chicago Salsa Congress, Chicago February 11, 2018

  • Jul 14 Sun

    12:00 PM

    Downy Park

    Address 10107 Flowers Ave. Orlando, Florida Time from 12 pm to 7 pm  

  • Nov 02 Sat

    11:30 AM

    Acacia Banquet Hall

    865 N  Econlockhatchee trail, Orlando, Florida 32817

  • Nov 15 Fri

    06:30 PM

    Matt"s Latin BBQ

    Wito Rodriguez will be live on 11/15/2019 from 630 to 830 pm.  Performing  at Matt's BBG Latin Food in Orlando Florida for a friend and his great restaurant

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