LOUIE CRUZ BELTRAN was born in Bakersfield, California, and now resides in Los Angeles. He has crafted a musical career upon the soulful sounds of his ethnic American background and flavored it with contemporary R&B, Jazz, Latin Jazz and Salsa. Steeped in music from early childhood, Beltran’s first memories recall his mother singing gospel music, Mexican and Caribbean folk tunes. As early as third grade, Beltran was playing bongos and learning the guitar. “The beauty of Afro-Cuban music stole my heart,” Beltran said. Since then Beltran has performed with great artists such as Ray Baretto, Mongo Santamaria, Tito Puente, Ray Armando, Francisco Aquabella, Jorge Claudio, Santana, Hubert Laws and Pete Escovedo.
A prolific songwriter and lyricist, Louie was honored with the placement of his composition “Pan Con Dignidad (Bread with Dignity)” in the compilation series “Who’s Who of Composers”. Beltran has toured the United States, Europe, Scandinavia, the Middle East and Africa with the group Starrfire – an R&B/Latin Jazz ensemble.
His song “La Migra” was featured in the soundtrack of the hit CBS show “Judging Amy”, an episode in which Louie guest starred. He co-starred in the film “Mexican Werewolf in Texas”. Other film credits include “The Minister’s Wife”, “La Redada”, and Haskell Wexler’s “Latino”. On stage Beltran has worked with famed directors Luis Valdez and Carmen Zapata.
In addition to performing with his quintet regularly at popular venues such as The Four Seasons Hotel, Chaya Brasserie, The Edison, and sell out dates at Catalina’s Jazz Club and Vibrato in Hollywood, The Louie Cruz Beltran Latin Jazz Orchestra has headlined many music festivals throughout the West Coast, including the Beverly Hills and Pasadena Playboy Jazz Festivals and the Shriners Childrens Hospital Rhythm on the Vine series. He recently headlined the First Annual LA Vida Music Festival at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre in the Hollywood Hills with his 16-piece orchestra and guest artists Hubert Laws and Pete Escovedo. At the Gibson Universal Amphitheatre Louie performed as a guest artist with Santana and headlined Santana’s VIP show. His extensive list of perfomance venues include the Dorothy Changler Pavilion at the Los Angeles Music Center (televised live on PBS), the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas, the Ronald Reagan Library, for Doctors Without Borders in multiple locations, and was recently introduced by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa for his performance for the Mayor’s CommUNITY Day of Service Celebration. Louie also performed at Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s private residence for the Governor’s birthday celebration, and provided the entertainment for former Secretary of State George Schultz and his guests at a private party at Universal’s Globe Theatre.
Louie continues to work as a composer, recording artist and instructor. As a motivational speaker, he works with inner city and disadvantaged youth, using his passion and knowledge for music to bridge the gap that often exists between Hispanic and African American youth.
His CD, entitled “It’s My Time” is available on his website www.louiecruzbeltran.com, iTunes, Napster and CD Baby, etc. His newest release, “Live at The Ford” captures the excitement of his original performance at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, and is also available at CDBaby.com.
For Management & Performance information, please contact:
Anastasia Mann or Mark Miller
8721 Sunset Boulevard, Suite 200
West Hollywood, California, 90069
Telephone: 310 854-6000 Fax: 310 659-7441