Gary Flores a native of San Francisco, California. Born and raised in the Excelsior District (Outer Mission District). Gary began studying and playing Trumpet and a year later joined a neighborhood Latin Rock band called "Cafe". in 1974 Gary Joined the great Salsa group " Ritmo 74 " and it was a very serious and organized band. After a short while we very playing all the Big Salsa shows with the Greatest bands form New York and Puerto Rico.. We performed with Willie Colon with Hector LaVoe, Gran Combo, Bobby Valentine, Ismael Quintana, Ismael Miranda, Eddie Palmieri and Lalo Rodriquez, Papo Lucca and Sonora Poncena, Larry harlow, Johnny Pacheco, Celia Cruz, Cheo Feliciano and many other greats ! After leaving "Ritmo 74 IGary started a new band Called " Salsa Caliente " and gary eventually moved from playing Trumpet to playing Piano in the group. Salsa Caliente built up from a garage to being considered the Top Salsa Group in the Bay Areafrom the 80's to the late 90's. Many great musicians came through the bad Like Richard Kermode( Janis Joplin, Malo, Luis Gasca and Santana), Luis Gasca (Maynard Ferguson, Woody Herman, Santana, Malo, Count Basie Mongo Santamaria, Perez Prado and many more ! ) Karl Perrazo currently with Santana, Bill Ortiz currently with Santana and many more famous musicians. Regretfully the band didn't record but, after being a sideman and playing around the Bay Area. Gary Released this Recording " A New Beginning " Since it is his first release and a new beginning and new path. Some very talented musicians from the Bay Area are on this recording and contributed to it's success. Enjoy and get out and hear Gary play live around the Bay.