La Excelencia biography
In 2001 Jose Vazquez-Cofresi moved to New York City with a promised to sign a salsa CD recording a deal with ex-Fania Records and ex-RMM Records & Video employees, including Johnny Pacheco as a music consultant & Herman Rodriguez-Bajandas; the company prefered to invest in the reggaetón boom instead.  During this period Jose Vazquez-Cofresi met lead vocalist & composer Edwin Perez, arranger & bassist Jorge Bringas, percussionist Charles Dilone, trombonist Ronald Prokopez, and pianist Willy Rodriguez, key musicians in the concept of what was to come. In 2005 Jose Vazquez-Cofresi formed La Excelencia becoming it's leader and owner and began to work on the bands first album.  Under the label, Handle With Care Productions, La Excelencia has released three CDs “Salsa Con Conciencia,” (Salsa with Awareness/ Conscience), “Mi Tumbao Social,” (My Social Drumbeat) and “Ecos Del Barrio,” (Echoes of the Neighborhood). In addition the BBC did a special of a live performance of La Excelencia Live at the Barbican Centre in London also part of Latin Music USA by PBS.  In 2012 La Excelencia did a final world tour, former band members reemerged in 2013 as Orquesta SCC "Salsa con Conciencia" made up by founder, conguero & composer; Jose Vazquez-Cofresi, lead vocalist & composer Edwin Perez, arranger & bassist Jorge Bringas, percussionist Charles Dilone, trombonist Ronald Prokopez, master tres guitarist Yuniel Jimenez, and many others forming in total 11 members. in 2013, Orquesta SCC signed with Salsa Dura Entertainment LLC, a joint venture between Edwin Perez & Jose Vazquez-Cofresi to release their fourth album working together. The new album named 'Renacimiento' (Rebirth) is an 11-track album with arrangements by Jorge Bringas, compositions by Edwin Perez, and Jose Vazquez-Cofresi. Fans will enjoy the hardcore salsa sounds, danceable songs, and conscience lyrics on the new album to be released in 2013. The bands music can also be heard on radio stations, internet radio, and satellite radio both nationally and internationally. Orquesta SCC has built an adoring fan base that spans the globe, and successfully created a new revolutionary movement for salsa music.