Biographies of San Antonio Musicians

San Antonio
West Side Sound
Charlie Alvarado started playing clarinet and saxophone in his junior high school band. During high school he played for the Johnny Saro Orchestra. Like many young Tejanos, he went into the service after high school, serving in...
San Antonio
Conjunto, Corrido
The Bernal brothers, Paulino (accordion) and Eloy (bajo sexto) first began playing for audiences in the early 1950s as Los Hermanitos Bernal. In 1954 they got their big break when they recorded for the legendary Ideal record...
San Antonio
Conjunto
Also known as “El Parche” and the “Accordion Wizard,” Esteban is one of the most skilled and creative accordion players in Texas. Influenced by Valerio Longoria, he took up the instrument and mastered it...
San Antonio
Conjunto
Eva Ybarra, the “Queen of the Accordion,” is one of a few women accordionists who have become professionals in a style that has traditionally been dominated by men. When she was 4, her father presented her with a...
San Antonio
Conjunto, Tejano
The son of renowned conjunto musician Santiago Jimenez, Sr., Leonardo “Flaco” Jimenez is regarded as one of the most important contributors to Tejano music. Born in 1939 in San Antonio, Texas, Jimenez learned to...
San Antonio
Tejano, Tejano Country
Baldemar Huerta translated popular rock ‘n’ roll tunes into Spanish and played them for friends in the 1950s. He performed and recorded under many nicknames like “El Bebop Kid,” “Eddie con los...