Juan Francisco Ordóñez

Juan Francisco Ordóñez (born 4 October 1961) is a guitarist from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. His music combines blues, rock, and jazz.[1]

Juan Francisco Ordóñez
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Background information
Birth nameJuan Francisco Ordóñez
Born(1961-10-04)4 October 1961
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
GenresBachata, jazz, son
Occupation(s)Musician, composer
Years active1980–2009


Ordóñez graduated high school from Colegio Dominicano De la Salle and later earned a degree in economics from the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo. He began his guitar studies with Blas Carrasco and later continued on his own. He learned formal music composition from Sonia de Piña at the Dominican National Conservatory. From 1976–1977, he took part in the folk group Convite.

In the early 1980s, he and Luis Días formed the rock group Transporte Urbano.[2] Ordóñez was Transporte Urbano's lead guitarist for almost 25 years. In 1985, Ordóñez traveled to Moscow in the old U.S.S.R., performing several concerts with Patricia Pereira and Luís Días.

Ordóñez started the band OFS with Transporte Urbano drummer Guy Frómeta and Transporte Urbano bassist Héctor Santana. In 1986 they traveled to Peru with Dominican singer Sonia Silvestre to perform at the Festival de la Nueva Canción Latinoamericana.[3] In the 1990s, he started the Caribbean fusion trio Trilogia with Héctor Santana and percussionist Chichí Peralta[4]

He is music director for La Vellonera, a band which accompanies Dominican singer Víctor Víctor.[5]

Professional workEdit

Ordóñez has also led a solo career[6] and has worked as an arranger and director of commercial jingles, music for films (as in the short Frente al Mar about a story of the Dominican writer Hilma Contreras, and Leon Ichaso's Bitter Sugar.)

Ordoñez has been a popular sideman for musicians in the Dominican Republic, Latin America, and Spain.[7] He has participated in jam sessions with Don Cherry, Paquito D'Rivera, and Charlie Haden.[8]


  • Trilogía (Tercer Mundo, 1988)[9]
  • Cabaret Azul (1989)
  • Radio Recuerdo (Madora Foundation, 2001)[10][11]


This article is a translation of the homonime article in the Spanish Wikipedia es:Juan Francisco Ordóñez

  1. ^ Elías, Carlos Francisco (1 August 1990). "Juan Francisco Ordoñez: un invento dominicano en el emotivo sonido de la guitarra". República Dominicana: Listín Diario: 16C. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  2. ^ Stepan, Jaime. "Biografía de Luis Terror Días". Retrieved 30 August 2008.
  3. ^ Puello, Zoila (9 April 1986). "Arte y Artistas". Listín Diario. República Dominicana: 14B.
  4. ^ Mena, Miguel (10 April 1994). "Juan Francisco Ordóñez o una buena apuesta de jazz". Ventana-Listín Diario. República Dominicana: 6.
  5. ^ "Víctor Victor Explota su lado revolucionario" (in Spanish). Retrieved 30 August 2008.
  6. ^ "Juan Fco. Ordóñez:Suculencias del Jazz Dominicano" (in Spanish). Retrieved 15 August 2008.
  7. ^ "Vivirá, homenaje a Juan Bosch" (in Spanish). Retrieved 25 August 2008.
  8. ^ Frías Guerrero, José Isidro (25 March 1990). "A propósito de la visita de Charlie Haden". República Dominicana: Listín Diario: 7–C. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 20 June 2009. Retrieved 21 May 2009.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ http://www.cielonaranja.com/radiorecuerdos.htm
  11. ^ "Juan Francisco OrdonezJuan Francisco Ordonez - DR Jazz Festival". DR Jazz Festival. Retrieved 26 July 2018.

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