Noché Caliente

Diaz Music Institute presents legendary salsa singer Ray De La Paz performing with Houston’s premier youth group “Caliente”, directed by Grammy Music Educator Finalist Jose Antonio Diaz.

“Noche Caliente” (Hot Night) is an incredible evening of great music entertainment that celebrates the different cultures of the Hispanic community.  Held at Houston’s beautiful Miller Outdoor Theater, this program features a renowned Latin artist in musical dialogue with America’s hottest Latin youth group, Caliente. This event includes music and dance performances from professional and amateur artists with a focus on Hispanic heritage. “Noche Caliente” is the culmination of a weeklong Artist-In-Residence program.  This event is embraced by a multitude of cultures; the music transcended cultural lines and generations of listeners. Past performer include: Eddie Palmieri, Bobby Valentin, Johnny Pacheco, Pete Escovedo, Dave Valentin, Larry Harlow, Poncho Sanchez, Nestor Torres, Michael Stuart, Marlon Fernandez, Jimmy Bosche, and Brenda K Starr.

Ray De La Paz Bio

RAY DE LA PAZ was born in the late 1940’s in Harlem, NYC and grew up in the Bronx listening to rock, doo-wop, and Mexican influenced music. He took vocal lessons as a child, but it wasn’t until 1970 when he stood in as a last minute replacement vocalist for El Conjunto de Don Juan that he first sang Latin music. That night the band opened the concert that also featured Joe Cuba with Cheo Feliciano and Jimmy Sabater, Ricardo Ray and Bobby Cruz, and Eddie Palmieri’s La Perfecta with Ismeal Quintana.

Ray played with Don Juan for almost two years before hooking up with Chino y su Conjunto Melao, singing on their self-titled first album (1975) that contained the hit “Que Bien Te Vez”. During this period he met Louie Ramírez, who asked de la Paz to sing coro on “La Pollera Colora” on the album Conquista Musical with Sonora Ponceña (1976). 1976 was also the year of his recording debut with Ray Barretto on Barretto Live, the first of four records he would cut with Barretto that also included Rican/Struction (1979), Giant Force (1980), and Rhythm of Life (1982).

In 1982, de la Paz was tapped by Louie Ramírez, along with José Alberto “El Canario” and Isidro Infante to be part of a novel recording project of doing salsa arrangements of hit ballads, with the result being the album Noche Caliente, which spawned the monster hits “Estar Enamorado” and “Todo Se Derrumbó” and created a new style of music now called Salsa Romántica.

Ramírez and de la Paz began to tour together and recorded three massively successful Gold records¡Con Caché! (’84), Alegres y Romanticos (’85), and Sabor con Clase! (’86), before de la Paz started his solo career, releasing Como Tu Quieras in 1990 on RMM. He reunited with Ramírez in ’92 to record Otra Noche Caliente, containing the hits “Suddenly”“Definitivamente”, and the ever-popular “Medley”.

In 2000 he joined the Spanish Harlem Orchestra as lead vocalist and their Grammy nominated debut release Un Gran Dia En El Barrio (2002) was honored with the Latin Billboard Award for Salsa Album of the Year. 2004’s Across 110th Street won the Grammy for Best Salsa/Meringue Albumb, and in 2010 they won the Grammy for Best Tropical Latin Album for Viva La Tradicion. Their latest record, the self-titled Spanish Harlem Orchestra was released in 2014.

Ray De Laz Paz “Todo Se Derrumbo”

Behind the Scenes look at 2013 Noche Caliente Show at Houston’s Miller Outdoor Theater featuring Caliente and Marlon Fernandez.

Diaz Music Institute’s Caliente Performing with Legendary Fania All-Star Bassist “El Rey De Bajo” Bobby Valentin.