Tomatito performs at the Tablao Flamenco Cordobes in Barcelona with his children
José Fernández Torres “Tomatito” accompanied on stage his children, Mª Ángeles and José Fernández, star performers of the February show
Last Thursday, February 13, the Tablao Flamenco Cordobes of Barcelona had the presence of a very special guest: José Fernández Torres “Tomatito”, one of the most flamenco and international guitars of our land.
Their children, José Fernández “Tomatito hijo” and Mª Ángeles Fernández, are the featured artists of the current show of Tablao Flamenco Cordobes, ‘Flamenco Flamenco’, which takes place daily during the month of February. So, his father decided to accompany them on stage during a part of the show, delighting the privileged audience with a pleasant surprise, because the performance was not planned.
Tomatito is one of the most prestigious guitarists in Spain, since he comes from a very privileged caste, a gypsy family with a long musical tradition. His grandfather Miguel Fernández Cortés and his father José Fernández Castro, both nicknamed with the stage name “El Tomate”, and his uncles Antonio and “El Niño Miguel” were for him a great artistic inspiration.
On a professional level, one of the highlights of his musical career was being José Monge Cruz’s right hand, “Camarón de la Isla” during the last years of his life. Throughout this extensive career, Tomatito has also played for other renowned artists, such as Enrique Morente, Vicente Soto “Sordera”, La Susi, Pansequito, José de la Mercé, Chano Lobato, Terremoto de Jerez, Juanito Villar, Duquende , Carmen Linares, etc. He has also shared the stage with internationally renowned artists such as guitarist Paco de Lucía, jazz pianist Michel Camilo or the consecrated singers Frank Sinatra and Elton John.