Julius Meléndez & Son del Solar
Latin trumpeter Julius Meléndez has toured with the Grateful Dead, José Feliciano, Lucecita Benítez, Tony Vega, and Tito Puente to name a few. Over the years, Meléndez has contributed to four albums by Conjunto Céspedes, two of which were voted Album of the Year at the NAIRD Indie Awards for Best Latin Recording in 1994 and again in 1996.
A highlight of Meléndez’s career was working with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Carlos Santana. Meléndez was featured on the multiple-Grammy-award-winning album, Supernatural. Along with performing “Smooth” with Rob Thomas, Julius was featured on Santana’s album, Shaman, performing “Game of Love” with Michelle Branch. His work on both of those albums led to the first of multiple Grammy awards and a world tour with Santana.