"In modern times, hardcore salsa music like that made popular by the famous label Fania Records, was gradually perishing. Now a young 11-piece salsa band named Orquesta SCC from New York City is breathing new life into the salsa genre. Do not expect to see these guys in suits or matching uniforms, they are breaking the stereotypical mold of what some believe salsa bands should look like. Orquesta SCC's sound may be based on a classic formula, yet they have been able to make it current and socially aware. The band entices the dancer and the non-dancer alike, emanating a hypnotic rhythm that evokes the crowd to participate in the festivities", says FrankieGee, a journalist & radio personality.
Orquesta SCC formed in 2013 by founder, composer and conguero Jose Vazquez-Cofresi, who has led five salsa bands since the age of 14. Vazquez-Cofresi's compositions have been featured in Zumba Fitness, So You Think You Can Dance, NY1, NBC, PBS, & BBC Television. One band Vazquez-Cofresi led was La Excelencia, who after their final performance in 2012 was later reborn as Orquesta SCC. Maintaining its original hardcore salsa sound and founding members, lead vocalist & composer Edwin Perez, arranger & bassist Jorge Bringas, percussionist Charles Dilone, trombonist Ronald Prokopez, master tres guitarist Yuniel Jimenez, along with others, continue their new revolutionary salsa movement.
In 2013 Orquesta SCC signed with Salsa Dura Entertainment, a joint venture between Edwin Perez & Jose Vazquez-Cofresi to release their fourth album as a unit. The new album named 'Renacimiento' (Rebirth) is an 11-track album with arrangements by Jorge Bringas, compositions by Edwin Perez, and Jose Vazquez-Cofresi. The album sold over 3000 copies on its first-day of sales. “They are going back to the more eclectic period when salsa was street music, playing with spirit and integrity", says Aaron Levinson, a Grammy-winning producer. Orquesta SCC remains at the avant-garde of the hardcore salsa sound of the 21st century with a fan base that spans the globe.