Formed October 1980 in Amsterdam, NY, this 12 piece orchestra is led by the Bronx-born bassist Alex Torres. They have been presented by hundreds of festivals, performing arts centers and events annually to perform their original blend of Afro-Caribbean rhythms such as Salsa, Merengue, Cha-cha, Bomba, Plena and Latin Jazz. The band's “SOY SALSA” Concert Performance 2015 took them on a 9 day tour of Shanghai, China.
The Orchestra has been the recipient of numerous awards including the New England Cultural Arts Preservation Award, the New York State Music Achievement Award, the Schenectady League of Arts Award, and The Governor´s Excellence in Arts Award, The NAACP Albany Chapter Award and in May 2016, three awards from Capital District Music Awards.
Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra has performed for President Bill and Hillary Clinton at the New York State Democratic Convention and also for New York Governor's George Pataki and Gov. Spitzer & Gov. Cuomo's Inauguration. They have shared the stage and billings with such major acts as Tito Puente, Tito Puente Jr., Eddie Palmieri, Andy Montañez, Los Hermanos Moreno, Arturo Sandoval, Luis “Perico” Ortiz, Ray Barretto, Jane Burnette & The Spirits Of Havana, Larry Harlowe, Jose Alberto “El Canario,” Brenda K. Starr, Tito Nieves, Jerry Gónzalez & The Fort Apache Band, King Changó, Branford Marsalis, The Count Basie, Woody Herman & Charles Mingus Big Band Orchestras.
The group has been registered with various Arts-In-Education Programs of New York State for over 25 years. This program brings the orchestra into schools K-12, colleges and universities to showcase and explain the music, instruments and rhythms associated with their music.
Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra also have been featured on television commercials for The Albany Times Union Newspaper, they wrote and performed the music for the PBS weekly program " Made in New York", and twice performed for Time Warner's music series, Sounding Board. Their music has also been featured in the motion pictures "Slammin' Salmon," "Old Dogs," “Drunken Wedding,”"Broken City," indie films "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby," "Guten Tag Ramon,” “Permission” and the made for TV movie "Unanswered Prayers." Also on the TV series, "Ugly Betty," "The Glades," two Fox TV series "Human Target," “The Blacklist,” :Code Black,” "The Finder," Miami's The Color Splash," "Road To The Kentucky Derby," "Quiero Mis Quinces," "Mistresses," "Breaking Amish," Netflix Series, “Bloodline” & also the featured sound tracks on the video games "Tropico 3, 4 & 5."