Santiago Jimenez JrBorn in San Antonio, Texas in April 8,1944, Santiago Jimenez Jr. is the younger son of "Don Santiago Jimenez Sr." and brother of the Legendary "Flaco Jimenez".
A Three (3) Time Grammy nominee, Santiago has dedicated himself to preserving his father's style and memory and has recorded songs made popular by his father found only on 78rpm records. Some of Santiago's first recordings were on local labels, and sold on 45rpms. In 1960, at age 17, he recorded his first full-length album with his brother Placo. Santiago has gone on and recorded over fifty (50) albums and C.D's.
Santiago has performed all over Europe, with stops in the Soviet Union, Austria, Switzerland, and France just to name a few. He has performed in the United States with memorable stops at New York's Carnegie Hall, Central Park, Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia to name a few.
Santiago, the traditionalist, is preserving the the Tex-Mex sound in Conjunto Music by using the traditional accordion, bajo sexto, and "tololoche" or upright bass, keeping alive the the original Tex-Mex sound made famous by his father Santiago Jimenez Sr.
Santiago played his first record 40 years ago and it's the same style I play today - "El estilo de mi papa" (The style of my father). "A style I want to keep forever".
Santiago, "Chief' his nickname given to him by his peers, plays the two-row button accordion like his father, but has recently performed rancheras and polkas on a one-row button accordion like his grandfather Patricio Jimenez. Today everyone plays the three-row button accordion.
Santiago says The Conjunto Sound is a curious blend of old-world and the new. The accordion invented in Vienna in 1829, was brought to Texas via German and Czech settlers. The German and Czech musicians played the polka, the mazurka, the schottische, and waltz. The bajo sexto - a guitar like- instrument invented in Texas-became Conjunto. Just as the diatonic accordion is cousin to the piano accordion, Conjunto music is cousin to its rakish cousin-its German forebearer.