Los Niteliters is a Tejano band based in San Jose, California. The band traces its origins to the 1970’s, when the Espinoza family of Hollister, California founded it. Over the years the band evolved through various genres of Latino music and in the last three decades has developed into one of Northern California’s favorite bands playing a wide range of music from Tejano, cumbias, funk and R&B.
Los Niteliters have played at local bay area clubs and private parties with much success and have gained a large following. The band has also shared the stage with Tejano artists such as: Jimmy Gonzalez y Grupo Mazz, Little Joe y La Familia, Ruben Ramos, Esteban Jordan, Los Texmaniacs, Volcan, Bob Gallarza, Emilio Navaira, Jaime Y Los Chamacos, Estrella, La 45, Conjunto Califas, The Texas Tornados and Freddy Fender to name a few. They have also received favorable reviews about their music from Grammy-winning Flaco Jimenez and Max Baca.
Los Niteliters pride themselves on presenting Chicano/Latino Music in all its greatness during their live performances where the strong energy of this vibrant music comes alive. The band displays great stage presence with the contributions of quality, veteran, musicians. Ajua!
Jesús (Chuy) has been playing music professionally most of his life. Early on he played with Tejano band “Los Latinos” and “The Latin Soul Band”. While studying Music and Chicano studies at the University of California at Berkeley, he joined Dr. Loco's Rockin' Jalapeño Band, where he gained valuable experience touring and recording. Chuy completed Doctoral coursework at UCSC (2007). He holds a Master's degree in Education from Stanford University (1995), a B.A. from U.C. Berkeley and is a Tenured Professor of Ethnic Studies/Mexican American Studies at S.J. City College and adjunct Professor of Mexican American Studies and Social Science at San Jose State University. In additionto his musical versatility Chuy brings his Music production experience to Los Niteliters.
The most recent addition to Los Niteliters (2016), Joaquin brings new energy to the band. His Trumpet playing, together with his father’s sax, allows the band greater opportunities to expand from conjunto to the orchestral sounds of the past. Joaquin has been a member of the award-winning Palma High School band (Salinas, CA) and will be graduating in 2018.
Originally from Modesto, California, Albert comes from a family of musicians with roots in Texas. He started playing accordion at a very young age and has developed into one of only a handful of premier accordionists in California (the Baddest this side of the Rio Grande). He enjoys jamming with his cousins in Texas Funk as well as doing it Cali-Jano style with Los Niteliters. In addition, Albert has added to the band’s versatility playing timbales, congas and drums to spice up the cumbias!
Jesse brings a wealth of percussion knowledge to Los Niteliters. Early on, Jesse formally studied a variety of Conga patterns and is very skilled percussionist. He has worked with many bay area groups and is in high demand. His skills bring the ear candy to the cumbias that are so popular with Los Niteliters!
Originally from El Paso, TX, Charlie made his way to California by way of Stanford University where he earned his B.S. in Biology. He currently works by day as a Hearing Officer for San Mateo County and by night as one firme guitar player. Also formerly with Dr. Loco's Rockin' Jalapeño Band, Charlie brings versatility to Los Niteliters with Elec. Guitar, Bajo Sexto and Bass. His strong stage presence adds to the great show the band puts on!
Their debut CD, “Con Ustedes” (June, 2002) features a wide range of styles that make up Los Niteliter’s Music. With five original songs including the popular hits, “Ando Muy Arrepentido” and “La Coqueta”, Los Niteliters made a big impact on the Tejano Music scene. In addition, this CD includes their own renditions of some all-time classics like, “Puño De Tierra” and “Caballo Viejo” as well as a cumbia version of the Van Morrison tune, “Brown-Eyed Girl”.
The 2nd CD was titled—“Calijano Style” (2008). Calijano style blends both the California and Tejano roots of the musicians in the band. The CD features new original music and rearrangements of great classics like, “El Año Viejo” and “Por Una Mujer Casada” with guest appearances by Grammy-winning artists, Max Baca and David Farias.
Their newest CD, "The Tradition Continues" (2017) is a celebration of over three decades of performing together. With remakes of the classic, "Summertime" and tributes to traditional Texas Conjunto music with the "Old Skool Medley", and the original, “Ya Era Tiempo” this CD seeks to celebrate southwestern musical styles that have influenced the band!