Jimmy Fontanez, a member of Alex Torres y Su Orchesta since October 1997, was born and raised near Lincoln Center in Manhattan, NY. He has been playing percussion since the age of 5. Instruments include congas, bongos, timbales, drum kit, and keyboards. His forte on keys is a body moving montuno. To bundle it all, he also does some vocal work. He currently resides in Albany, NY. His history consists of having traveled to Russia via Project Troubadour. Through this organization he also traveled to the Dominican Republic in the mid 1990s. He also had the honor of sharing the stage with the infamous Tito Puente, one of the best timbaleros of all time. In addition he shared the stage, and sat in with Andy Montañez, a well-known vocalist in the salsa genre, who was impressed with Jimmys vocal abilities.
Jimmy earned a certificate in Audio Engineering in 1990 from the Institute of Audio Research. He also has extensive experience with audio recording software such as Cubase, Sonar, Sound Forge, Wave Labs, Fruity Loops, and several others. Hes available for freelance work with the instruments listed above, music production, percussion instruction, and digital audio re-mastering.