About Junior Santos

Master Percussionist Junior Santos was born in the Dominican Republic and developed an interest in music at an early age, by watching his father’s band rehearse in his backyard and imitating the percussionists.

Afro-Dominican Percussionist Junior Santos

At 15, Junior Santos performed professionally with various bands throughout the Dominican Republic. He is a graduate of the Academy of Music in Puerto Plata, where he learned Music Theory, how to read music and play percussion.

In 1989, Junior Santos relocated to Toronto, Canada, where he attended the music program at Humber College. He has performed with many influential bands and artists on the Toronto music scene. Some of his early performances were with Memo Acevedo at the Montreal Jazz Festival. He recorded with Rick Lazar of Montuno Police and other renowned musicians.

In 1991, Junior Santos co-founded Dominicanada, the first Merengue band in Toronto to achieve popularity among Canada’s Latin dance communities. In 2017 and 2019, Santos was awarded two Ontario Arts Council (OAC) grants to produce his first full-length original Album, featuring the genres that have influenced his music, blending Dominican rhythms with contemporary jazz fusion.

Junior Santos Conpambiche is a fresh and exciting fusion of Afro-Dominican and Afro-Cuban rhythms, and North American Jazz, featuring some of Canada’s finest Latin jazz recording artists.

In Compambiche, as the title implies, Santos showcases the Dominican dance rhythm Pambiche, derived from merengue típico (typical merengue) but whose rhythm is slower and based on the cinquillo, a combination of Cuban and Caribbean rhythm used in the Cuban contradanza and danzón.

Conpambiche is Junior Santos’ debut album. It’s been praised as an excellent production with a diverse, exciting repertoire that exudes passion, high energy and Dominican pride!

Junior Santos Conpambiche