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Abel Valentino & Salsation
Fascinated by the complex and mysterious religious nature of Afro Cuban music, Abel Valentino has spent his life immersed in the study and performance of that dynamic, spiritual percussion. Growing up in a Puerto Rican household in Arizona, he delighted in the sounds of Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, and Ismael Rivera. A self-taught percussionist, Valentino began his professional career at 14 years old with the Pete Robles Orchestra. His longstanding friendship with Tito Puente began in 1976 at the Casino Ballroom in Tucson, Arizona, when he was invited to perform with Tito Puente's band. Over the years, Valentino continued to be a guest with Tito Puente's band, the final time being at Centennial Hall at the University of Arizona in 1998.
Valentino has also been a guest with Larry Harlow and Willie Colon, Poncho Sanchez, and Malo. He performed with the Brazilian band Zum Zum Zum for President Reagan during the Hispanic Heritage Awards in Washington, D.C. Although he plays various styles, including straight ahead jazz and Latin rock, Valentino’s main focus is as a salsa and Latin jazz timbalero. He resides in Phoenix, playing with various West Coast salsa bands and with his band, Abel Valentino & Salsation.
Adam Manning is an experienced educator, published performer and passionate composer. He performs regularly with prominent Australian artists, writes articles, records for major record labels, and has directed award winning ensembles.
Throughout his earliest years, the snare drum was his primary instrument, as he was awarded the Australian National Snare Drum Champion in 1998. In 2003, Adam completed a Bachelor of Music in orchestral percussion. He has performed with guitar virtuoso Bruce Mathiske, John Paul Young and the All Stars, Australian Jazz legend Andy Firth and many more.
Adam is the Cohort Leader of Percussion and lecturer at the University of Newcastle Australia. In 2016, Adam led the Newcastle Conservatorium Percussion ensemble to victory at the Australian Percussion Eisteddfod. Adam is currently enrolled in a Ph.D. through the University of Tasmania, where he is investigating new rhythmic thinking and sonic opportunities for the hand drummer.
Jungle Fire, Quetzal, Qvln
Alberto López has performed, recorded, composed and/or produced music with artists such as Quetzal, Mstislav Rostropovich, Rubén Blades, Celia Cruz, Lee Ritenour, Stanley Clarke, LCD Soundsystem, The Brand New Heavies, The Dalai Lama, Juanes and Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka, among many others. He was part of the Oscar-nominated soundtrack for the 20th Century FOX animated film "Rio" and in 2013 received a Grammy Award (Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album) for his work on the "Imaginaries" album by Quetzal, released on the Smithsonian Folkways label. In November 2004, Alberto founded Belú Music, a music production house and independent label, with the aim of developing and sharing the musical vision of artists around the world. Additionally, Alberto is a co-founder and partner of Artivist Entertainment, an independent entertainment company founded in conjunction with Aloe Blacc, Maya Jupiter, Quetzal Flores and Veronica Gonzalez dedicated to representing artists whose art and music inspire positive social change. Currently, Alberto is working with Scott Wardinsky in the production of an instructional DVD/CD set of Afro-Cuban rhythms featuring Cuban masters Ramón "Sandy" Pérez and Lázaro Galarraga and is an instructor at the Dubspot online and Los Angeles campuses.
Founder and Artistic Director of the KoSA International Percussion Workshops, and member of the internationally acclaimed percussion ensemble, Repercussion, Aldo Mazza is an internationally recognized drummer-percussionist, recording artist, clinician, composer, author and educator. He has recorded over 100 cds with such artists as Celine Dion, Jon Bon Jovi, Alain Caron and Aldo Nova and has performed live with such artists as James Brown, Chris De Burgh, Oliver Jones and major symphony orchestras. Aldo has also participated both as a performer and an adjudicator in numerous international classical, contemporary, world music as well as jazz music festivals.
Chilean-born, Cuban-raised, Emmy® Winner, drummer & composer Alejandro García, studied classical and contemporary Afro-Cuban and jazz percussion at Cuba's Ignacio Cervantes School of Music under the direction of Irakere's drummer Enrique Plá. Along with his performances as a leader with his band AfroMantra, Alex has shared the stage with important bands and artists in the New York’s Latin-Jazz Scene. Major performance, recording and composition accomplishments include Cuban trombonist and composer, Juan Pablo Torres also Grammy nominee singer song writer Juan Carlos Formell, Tony Cimorosi (Baba Olatunji), Frank Colón (Weather Report, Manhattan Transfer, Wayne Shorter), Oriente Lopez (AfroCuba, Silvio Rodriguez). Steve Kroon (Ron Carter), Chris Washburn & Syotos, Meme Solis, Israel Kantor (Los Van Van), Charles Flores (Michel Camilo, Emiliano Salvador, Issac Delagado), Eddie Martinez (Gato Barbieri), Tony Perez (Klimax, Irakere), Malena Burke, Alfredo De La Fé (Fannia All Stars), Harvie S, among many others.
As an adolescent in Mexico City, Alex González dreamed of a day when he would join the ranks of icons such as Ringo Starr, John Bonham, Stewart Copeland, Clem Burke, Keith Moon and, later, Terry Bozzio. Today, no one would contest the claim that Alex has achieved his goals—and then some. Alex’s first break was with Mexican band, Sombrero Verde (green hat). That band morphed into Maná and from the beginning, Alex was integral part of the group, even co-producing the band’s first record. In 2007 the group sold out a whopping four Staples Center shows and their albums were going platinum and beyond—a considerable feat for a Rock/Latin band singing in Spanish. Alex González is an intricate drummer capable of wowing crowds with his popular solos. At the same time, he is extremely physical and plays with real force. The two characteristics, complexity and brute power, don’t often coexist to such a refined extent. His kit reflects his muscularity and reach. He is surrounded by drums, cymbals, and a variety of LP instruments, starting with his red-rimmed, his Cyclops Tambourine and LP bells.
(U)Nity, King Klave, Candido
Amaury Acosta (Aka King Klave) is a Cuban American Drummer, Producer, Composer, & Arranger. Leader of the band (U)nity alongside with Axel Tosca Laugart. Amaury has played and Recorded with Candido Camero , Paquito D’Riverra, Wynton Marsalis, Ray Mantilla, Luques & Zaccai Curtis, Michael Rodriguez,Chris Smith, Xiomara Laugart, Pedrito Martinez, Isreal “Cachao” Lopez, and many more
Grupo Falso Baiano
Ami Molinelli is a professional percussionist and educator specializing in Brazilian and Latin percussion. She co-leads the Brazilian and jazz ensemble, Grupo Falso Baiano. Her percussion curriculum has been used and published in clinics and education workshops including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Music in Schools Today, Young Audiences of Northern California, The San Francisco Jazz Center, etc. Her extensive performance and recording credits include theater, television (NBC) and live performances with artists such as Jovino Santos Neto, Rogerio Souza, Hamilton de Hollanda, Teka, Katia
Broadway Cordis Composer, Song of Solomon: a new musical
Hailed by New York Classical Review as “spectacularly virtuosic”, international soloist and composer, ANDREW BEALL’s works have been performed around the world. His concerto, Affirmation, was premiered at Avery Fisher Hall and recently recorded by the Siberian Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Beall has performed on Broadway in The Lion King, Les Miserables, Spiderman, In The Heights, and A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder, orchestras such as the American Symphony, Columbus Symphony, Greenwich Symphony, and is the drummer for eclectic rock quartet, Cordis, and Broadway dance company, American Dance Machine.
Mr. Beall has released three albums on BMP Records: Deliverance, Glass Jungle, Concerti, and one Concept Album on Broadway Records: Song of Solomon: a new musical, starring Tony-nominated Ramin Karimloo. Mr. Beall was recently commissioned by The Telling Company to write his second musical.
Andy Cheng is a multi-percussionist from Taiwan who has a double master’s degree in World percussion and North Indian music at California Institute of the Arts.
He is a performer, educator and composer who is currently teaching at the Seoul Institute of the Arts. His world music training includes North and South Indian, Brazilian, Ewe African, Latin, Balkan, Arabic and Persian music.
Deep traditional training and a crosspollination of different types of music make up Andy’s unique sound of percussion. He has performed in the U.S, Japan, Holland, Indonesia, China, and Taiwan.
Andy also performs with world music groups such as Hands On’Semble, Lian Ensemble, Go organic orchestra and the Salaamuna Near East Ensemble.
He has studied under Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri, Randy Gloss, Houman Pourmehdi, Pirayeh Pourafar, Andrew Grueschow, Poovalur Sriji, Beatrice Dzidzogbe Lawluvi, Yeko Ladzekpo-Cole, and Souhail Kaspar.
Tom Ibarra, Adore The End, Kaz Rodriguez
Antoine Fadavi was born in Paris, France on June 1, 1999 and caught the drum bug during a visit to a local music store when he was eleven. A year later, Antoine was producing his own drum videos and posting them on the Internet. In addition to producing drum videos, Antoine has appeared at trade shows and music festivals around the world and has been featured in international publications such as Modern Drummer, DRUM!, Batteur, Batterie, Alternative Press and Digital Drummer. He is currently performing and producing music for a variety of projects in Paris, London, New York, Los Angeles and other locations around the world.
Tony Macalpine, Hangar, Noturnall
Aquiles Priester was the only Brazilian in the history of Brazilian drumming to rank 5th best Prog Metal drummer of the world according to American Modern Drummer magazine. In 2015 Aquiles was nominated again and he was elected the best "Hard Rock" drummer by the readers of American magazine Drum! Aquiles Priester has taken part in some of the biggest drum festivals around the world such as Modern Drummer Festival, Montreal Drum Fest, Batuka! International Drum Fest, La Rioja Festival, Laguna Drum Fest, London Drum Show, Drummer Live, International Summer Drum Camp, Tam Tam Drum Fest, October Drum Fest, Thomas Lang’s Big Drum Bonanza, Frankfurt Musikmesse, and The NAMM Show. In 2010, he was one of seven drummers chosen from all over the world to take part of an audition to substitute Mike Portnoy in the North-American band Dream Theater. Currently he is playing with Tony MacAlpine, Hangar and Noturnall.
Avi worked with and toured the world as the drummer/percussionist for numerous artists and member of various bands. Including: Robert Downey Jr., Red Elvises, Naked Rhythm, Stewart Copeland, Weezer to name a few. Recorded Drums and Percussion for many TV, Film, Commercial projects and various artist albums. Featured live on TV & Film projects: Charlie Wilsons War, Six String Samurai, Oprah Winfrey, Melrose Place, VH-1 Behind the Music, Penn & Teller, 90210, Melrose Place and many more
Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson
Bashiri got to hang out with percussionist and producer Mtume in the 1970s, learning drum and studio chops in the process. After playing on gold records like Luther Vandross' Never Too Much and Madonna's Holiday, Bashiri's career was up and running. Producers began calling because they wanted to use the guy who worked on all these hit records. Johnson now has his own production company Bashman Productions and recording studio, The Lab Brooklyn.
"My take on the contemporary percussionist," Bashiri says "is to get the calls you gotta be diversified and able to handle a multiple of different situations." Bashiri can be heard on recordings by Celine Dion, Michael Bolton, Anita Baker, The Spice Girls, Maxwell, Gloria Estafan, Angelique Kidjo, Nicole Renee, Diana Ross, Peter Wolf, Aretha Franklin, Eagle Eye Cherry, Grover Washington, Boyz II Men and Dionne Farris. Beside recordings Bashiri's talent has led him to play on live television, commercials and movie soundtracks.
Bashiri has also complete percussion sample library of loops and sounds called "Supreme Beats," available from Spectrasonics, and "Ethno Techno" from Ilio.
Originally from Brooklyn NY, Iconic Percussionist, Producer, Writer and Vocalist has been involved in a dozen or more platinum albums with artists including Diana Ross, Donna Summer, Bon Jovi’s Ritchie Sambora, The members of Earth Wind and Fire and countless others. His percussion work has enhanced orchestras from the Tonight Show to the Academy Awards.
His work is featured on over 150 albums worldwide and for the past 20 years this L.P. Artist has performed with eight time Grammy award winner Jose Feliciano as his Producer and Percussionist and Godfather to his beautiful daughter Melissa.
Quarteto Ache’ & Educator
Multiple Grammy nominations as a bandleader and for numerous other projects as a sideman, Bobby Sanabria continues to make his mark as a drummer, percussionist, composer, arranger, conductor, producer, educator, filmmaker, bandleader, and multi-cultural warrior. Sanabria has performed and recorded with such legends as Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente, Mongo Santamaría, Paquito D’Rivera, Ray Barretto, Candido, Larry Harlow, and Afro-Cuban jazz Godfather, Mario Bauzá. Bobby’s big band recordings, Live & in Clave and Big Band Urban Folktales were nominated for a Grammys and he was nominated for a Latin Grammy for, 50 Years of Mambo, A Tribute to Damaso Perez Prado. The Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra he directs at the Manhattan School of Music was nominated for a Latin Grammy for its majestic tribute to Mario Bauzá and Machito for Kenya Revisited Live!!!, a reworking of the music for Machito’s greatest album, Kenya, on its 50th anniversary as well as Tito Puente Masterworks Live.
A South Bronx native of Puerto Rican parentage is a inductee into the Bronx Walk of Fame where he has a street named after him, and he is a past winner of Jazz Journalists Association and DRUM! Magazine’s Percussionist of the Year.
Shakira, Tegan And Sara
Brendan Buckley, at the age of 18, packed his car and moved to Florida to attend the University of Miami’s School of Music. There, he became immersed in the city’s diverse rock, latin, and jazz scenes. While in school, he released an album with the rock band Fulano De Tal (bmg), featuring the artist Elsten Torres. A year later, he played drums with Julio Iglesias for his “Tango” world tour. Brendan finished this tour and recorded an album for the Colombian popstar Shakira; “Dónde Están Los Ladrones”. That quickly led to Shakira’s “MTV Unplugged”, “Anfíbio Tour”, “Tour of the Mongoose”, and co-writing/co-producing her album “Laundry Service”. Also during these Miami years, Brendan spent time recording/performing with DMX, Spam All-Stars, Nil Lara, Gloria Estefan, Alejandra Guzman, Julio Iglesias Jr, Lauren Hill, Pedro Suarez Vertiz, Natalia Oriero, Alicastro, Popvert, The Kind, Alih Jey, Zach Zisken, Monterosa, BD Lenz, María Bestar, Mariana Ochoa, Diane Ward, Raw B Jae, Clambake, Maria, and Sixo. LIn 2004, Brendan moved west to Los Angeles where he immediately joined the experimental rock band Pedestrian. Their work together can be heard on the album “Ghostly Life”.
Brian Lavern Davis was raised in Portland, Oregon, and his musical studies have taken him to India, Japan, New York, Puerto Rico, Turkey, Jamaica and Brazil. His teachers include Jorge Alabe, Obo Addy, Yacub Addy, Jose Ricardo Santos & Ballet Folklorico do Bahia, Colin Walcott, Michael Spiro, Keith Terry, Los Muñequitos de Mantanzas, Bruno Moraes ( Mocidade Indepente de Padre Miguel), Jorge Martins (Maracatu Estrella Brilhante de Recife), Marcos Suzano, and Nana Vasconcelos. He has served on the faculties of Portland State University, Jefferson Performing Arts High School, and The Vancouver School of Arts & Academics, and conducted residencies at The Naropa Institute, Reed College, Lewis & Clark College, and many others. Brian is an original touring and recording member of Pink Martini ( 10 CD's, 1DVD, numerous world tours), is the founder and Director of the Lions of Batucada, a Brazilian dance and percussion ensemble, and formed and directs the “Ainsworth Jr. Escola,” a 123 member Portland youth samba bateria (Portland, OR, USA). He has toured and/or recorded with jazz legend Herbie Hancock, Kalapana, Upepo, Obo Addy, Dub Squad, McKinley, Nu Shooz, Dan Reed Network and the show “BataKetu” among many others. He has performed with a variety of symphonies across the U.S., Canada, and Europe - including the Boston Pops, The San Francisco Symphony, The National Symphony at the Kennedy Center, The BBC Orchestra at Royal Albert Hall,The Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, and The Oregon Symphony - at venues ranging from Carnegie Hall to LA's Walt Disney Concert Hall.
Brian served as the conductor for the nationwide Oregon Big Beat event, 2010/ 11. His group the Lions of Batucada has shared the stage with David Byrne, Sean Lennon, and Fundo de Quintal among many others. The Lions have performed and collaborated with The Oregon Symphony, The Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Dandy Warhols, Obo Addy, and rock legends Aerosmith, among others. They have recorded with Pink Martini, and The Von Trapps. He has worked extensively with numerous dance companies in the U.S., including Do Jump Theater, Oslund & Co. , and Linda K Johnson. When not touring with Pink Martini, he teaches body percussion and samba throughout the Pacific Northwest as part of the Young Audiences of Oregon and Washington program, teaches each Summer at the California Brazil Camp (2005 - present), and conducts samba workshops for a variety of baterias, schools, and music stores across the U.S., Taiwan, China, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand. Recently inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame with Pink Martini (June 2014), he has contributed articles to DRUM Magazine (July 2013 ), and was featured in an interview/focus piece in Drumhead Magazine (issue #29, September/October 2011).
Leon Bridges and Independent
Born and raised in Texas, Brittni Jessie sang as a member of Calvary Church (Irving TX) Praise and Worship Team for nearly four years before embarking on her professional career.
In 2014, Brittni joined Grammy-nominated artist Leon Bridges’ group, touring the world over, from Texas to Tokyo as the only female member of the band. She has performed on Saturday Night Live, sang as Leon’s right-hand lady in countless private events, and made her on-screen debut with Leon in the Grammy-nominated music video, “River.”
With Natalie Cole as her idol, Jessie developed a musical style that was a mix of soul, gospel, and alternative R&B, and while writing her own singles, she began experimenting with beats as well. As a passionate musician, her soul shines through every note she sings.
2017 will be a big year for Brittni’s music - she is busy in the studio recording her first EP, and still touring with Leon Bridges.
A native of Havana, Cuba, Carlos Caro was musically educated throughout his youth, graduating from the ENIA (National School of Arts Instructors), after which he began his professional career with the group “Clave.”
He has performed on tour with and has recorded for some of Cuba's biggest names in music including Paulo Fernandez Gallo and Jackeline Castellano's best selling "La Dama Del Son"Caro immigrated to Mexico City in 1993 where he was commissioned to record and perform a work in the Danzon style with the Mexico City Philharmonic. He then appeared on the West Coast music scene in 1996 to quickly become one of the most sought-after Latin percussionists, simultaneously playing in the best Cubano, Salsa, and Latin Rock bands throughout the San Francisco bay area. He has performed with Rebeca Mauleón, Omar Sosa,Eddie Palmieri, Armando Perazza,Jorge Santana & Malo,Calixto Oviedo,QBA,Avance, Dr. Loco's Rocking Jalapeño Band,Ramon Romero & Cuerdas de Fuego, Danny Lozada,Jose Pepito Gomez and performed with the Cuban Singer Adonis Puentes at the Java Jazz Festival in Jakarta, Indonesia.Carlos Caro released two albums with the group Vission Latina and two with the new sensational trio “VL Trio”.He just finish a 6 months tour with the legendaries “Tigres del norte” He won two Latin Grammies one with Pacific Mambo Orquestra and also with Los Tigres del norte.
Singer, songwriter, percussionist and band leader, Carlos Elizalde has developed a solid reputation as one of San Francisco’s top front men, leading one of the brightest and energetic groups, to come out of the Bay Area music scene with Rúckatan. Carlos’s dynamic style combines elements of Latin, Rock, Soul, Reggae and World music.
Carlos Elizalde has been surrounded by the best of the best in the percussion world. Armando Peraza, Pete Escovedo, Mingo Lewis, Shiela E, Karl Perrazo, Raul Rekow, Juan Escovedo, John Santos, Derek Rolando, and many more.
Carlos Elizalde and his band have shared stages with Latin Rock Royalty – Santana, Malo, El Chicano, War and many others. In 2011 Carlos was invited to tour with the nationally recognized Santana tribute band, Caravanserai. Carlos’s original band combines the influences of world beat musical instrumentation of Afro-Cuban “percussion” while incorporating Latin, Rock, Reggae and World influences to come up with their unique style of music.
Carlos Kanno was leader of Orquesta De La Luz from 1990 to 1995. After he left the band, he formed 17 pieces Latin jazz big band named “Nettai Tropical Jazz Big Band” in 1995. Carlos teaches Latin Music at Osaka University of Art as visiting professor, as well as Rhythm Training in Kunitati College of Music in Tokyo.
Mystère by Cirque du Soleil
Based in Los Angeles, Carlos’ style of playing and musicianship has enabled him to perform and record with some of the top artists of today. His unique style and rhythmic approach keeps him in demand. Whether playing in a small trio or big touring production, Carlos’ personality and great sense of humor add to his creative and rhythmic performance. Carlos is currently performing nightly with Mystère by Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas.
Bronx Conexion Latin-Jazz Big Band
Cascadu is a son of the Caribbean. Steeped in the traditions of his native Trinidad, he continues to explore and integrate the music and percussive elements of Africa, Cuba, Brazil, Latin-America, the Mid-East and India. A composer and vocalist, Cascadu's debut CD, Caribbean Odyssey, garnered rave reviews. He can also be heard on recent releases True Flight (Bronx Conexion) and Land of the Descendants (Chembo Corniel)
Independent Artist and Producer
Cassio Duarte, author of the DVD “Introduction to Brazilian Percussion” produced by LP and available through Alfred Music Publishing, was born in Brazil, where he started in Marching Bands and neighborhoods Samba Schools. In Rio, studied at the Villa Lobos School of Music and in Bahia with private teachers, where Afro-Brazilian roots are stronger.
On late 80’s he started working with Brazilian stars like Moraes Moreira, João Bosco and Djavan. In 1991, his search for knowledge of different styles, brought him to Los Angeles, where he became an active studio musician for movie's soundtracks and albums colaborating with artists like Toots Thielemans, Lee Ritenour, Sergio Mendes, Strunz & Farah, Brenda Russell, Angelique Kidjo, Googoosh, Paul Winter, Ivan Lins, Melissa Manchester, Googoosh and others.
After living a few years back in Brazil, Cassio is now performing live also as a DJ and with setups in Los Angeles, CA and Houston, TX where he’s been producing local artists out of his recording studio. He has performed on hundreds of CDs and Soundtracks, and you can hear his compositions on the album “Tempo de Brasil” by Braziliando, released in 2003. His first solo CD should be ready soon.
Red Hot Chili Peppers
As a member of the pioneering, award-winning superstars Red Hot Chili Peppers since 1988, Chad Smith is widely regarded as one of music’s most accomplished drummers and articulate musicians. As a member of the Chili Peppers, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012 and has been awarded six Grammy® Awards. In addition, two of the band’s albums are among Rolling Stone’s 10 Greatest Albums of All Time. Additionally, Spin Magazine ranked him at #10 on their list of the 100 Greatest Drummers of Alternative Music.
Musically prolific, Chad has recorded seven studio albums with the Chili Peppers and appears on a total of 22 releases with the band – including 23 Top 10 singles. Chad Smith has drummed for such diverse artists as Johnny Cash, the Dixie Chicks, George Clinton among many others and is a founding member of the supergroup Chickenfoot with former Van Halen singer Sammy Hagar. Chad collaborated with LP to create his new signature Red Hot Ridge Rider Cowbell.
Carlos Oliva/ Independent
Charles K. Santiago, better known as Charlie “Bongo” Santiago, was born on May 29, 1961 in Manhattan, New York. At age two, his family moved back to Puerto Rico, where he first showed talent in drumming. By age eight, he played bongos for the first time at a holiday celebration. Trumpet player Elliot Feijo gave him his first opportunity to play bongos professionally at a Durango y su Nuevo Tumbao rehearsal. Charlie was influenced and taught by Richie Ray’s bongo player, Manolito Gonzalez. Later tres player Nelson Gonzalez taught him the New York style of bongo playing and Frankie Rodriguez taught him Cuban rhythms. At age 16, Charlie played with the group, Rafaga. A few years later, he joined Nelson Gonzalez Band Revelation II. He performed and recorded with Ismael Miranda and Nelson on various television shows, dances and concerts. This exposure led Charlie to work with musicians like Roberto Anglero, Elias Lopes, Orchestra Panamericana, Poldo Castro, Andy Montanez, Tommy Olivencia, Pete “El Conde” Rodriguez, La Lupe and Tabin Pumarejo Trio. Charlie is a founding member of the group, Zaperoko. In 1983, Charlie relocated to Miami to perform with Luis Lefty Perez and Orchestra Fuego. Since then, Charlie has performed with Grammy Award winners and nominees including Celia Cruz, Nestor Torres, Willie Chirino, Hansel y Raul, Alex Leon, Roberto Torres, Rey Ruiz, Eddie Santiago, Tony Vega, Charlie Cruz, Cano Estremera, Tito Nieves, Conjunto Clasico, Michael Stuart, Giro, Edgar Joel, Hector Tricoche, Menique, Adalberto Santiago, Lalo Rodriguez, Ley Lejandro and Ricky Martin. Currently, Charlie performs and records with the founder of the Miami Sound, Carlos Oliva and the Judges Nephews, Issac Delgado, Frankie Vazquez, among many others. He also enjoys playing drum set at church along with recording and performing with various Christian Salsa groups.
Chris Philips is in the band IAMDYNAMITE and has toured across the US and Europe for years, headlining and opening for a number of artists. IAMDYNAMITE's song "Where Will We Go" from the album "SUPERMEGAFANTASTIC" spent 22+ weeks on the Alternative Top 40 radio chart, followed by another single "Hey Girl", charting as well. IAMDYNAMITE's current album "Wasa Tusa"is Out now. Chris regularly plays the Fusheki shaker, Click hi-hat tambourine, and the Raw series cans on his Drumkit.
Oscar Hernandez & Alma Libre
Christian Moraga, originally from Santiago, Chile, has studied in Cuba with master percussionist “Changuito”, as well as various genres of percussion in Peru and Brazil, and the Harbor Conservatory of the Performing Arts in New York City. Based in Los Angeles, he has performed with artists such as Arturo Sandoval, Chaka Kahn, Poncho Sanchez, Harvey Mason, Bob Mintzer, Conrad Herwig,Gordon Goodwin, Oscar D’Leon, Nestor Torres, Bennie Maupin, “El Canario”, Tito Nieves, Ismael Miranda, Jimmy Bosh, and many others. Currently, he is working as the band director and multipercussionist player with his Latin Jazz Quartet “Conganas”. He continues to work with Oscar Hernandez and his band "Alma Libre", and is the drummer onEstrella TV’s “Noches con Platanito”.
Christo Karam Pellani is a versitile master drummer/ percussionist, recording artist, producer, instructor, and drum circle facilitator with extensive performance in film, theatre, and concerts. A featured performer at many cultural music festivals including World Festival of Sacred Music, Bhakti Fest, Lightening in a Bottle, Esalen, and Burning Man, among many others. Christo has drummed for various dance troupes including the esteemed Luna Negra Ballet Theater. He was co founder and Music Director for Sacred Dance Live, Red Musette, and Medicine Dance world music ensembles. He has performed at DISNEYLAND, with UDAYA Liquid Asana Live streaming yoga series, and at various Sacred Music venues worldwide. His interactive drumming/percussion curriculum “RHYTHMAGIC” offers unique instructional exercises and games promoting rhythm awareness & creative expression for schools, retreats, and conferences. Affiliations include TRAP, Rock the Classroom, Hearts Giving Hope, and US Dream Academy.
Santana, Another Lifetime
Cindy Blackman Santana is a virtuoso drummer whose artistry spans the realms of jazz and rock. As a bandleader and as a musician, Cindy is a sound innovator with a passion for pushing creative boundaries and exploring movement and change. She is as known for the nuances and colors she brings to her beats and fills as she is for the sheer power of her soulful playing.
Cindy has been creating magnificent musical time and space since the beginning of her career as a busking street performer in New York City in the ’80s through the present day, touring the globe and making albums at the top of her game—including her acclaimed Another Lifetime. In addition to collaborating onstage and in-studio with her own group—also known as Another Lifetime—she has toured and recorded with artists including Pharoah Sanders, Cassandra Wilson, Bill Laswell, Joss Stone, Joe Henderson, Buckethead, Don Pullen, Hugh Masakela, and Angela Bofill.
From 1993 to 2007, she was also the drummer in Lenny Kravitz’s band, through multiple world tours and hit albums.
Currently, Cindy is the drummer for Santana and continues to build a body of work and artistic legacy that make her one of the finest drummers of this or any generation.
At 18 yrs.old Clem Burke became a founding member of the group Blondie, member RnR Hall of Fame, Grammy winner for best rock song with Eurythmics, Dr. of Music from Gloustershire Uni U.K. , 4 USA # 1's, new Blondie album & world tour Apr 2017. Influences: Earl Palmer ,Hal Blaine, Ringo Starr, KeithMoon, Al Jackson Jr.
Palenke Soul Tribe, Studio, Independent
Clodomiro Montes Jr., was born in Cartagena, Colombia and is a multi-percussionist who specializes in Latin, electronica, salsa, pop and Colombian folklore.
He now resides in Los Angeles, California where he began working with internationally known artists Richie Ray & Bobby Cruz, Jose Alberto “El Canario”, Andy Montañez, Roxing Kafe, Johnny Rivera, Tony Vega, Eddie Santiago, Orquesta Guayacan, Justo Almario, Maelo Ruiz and Fruko y sus Tesos. He has also collaborated with A.B. Quintanilla's Cumbia Kings, Sonora Carruseles, Tito Rojas, Puerto Rican Power, Grupo Gale, Joe Arroyo, Sonora Ponceña, Caifanes and Stevie Wonder.
Clodomiro is the percussionist for Palenke Soul Tribe, which has performed at festivals like Glastonbury, Womex Budapest and SXSW. He is also M. D. of his own salsa band, Colombian Latin Soul. In 2017, he headlined Carnaval de Barranquilla's, Concierto de Carnaval with Carlos Vives and L'equipe Tambora in Barranquilla, Colombia.
JCR Brazilian Jazz Trio, Quartet Equinox, Kimera Latin Trio
Born in Brazil, Cristiano Novelli has over 20 years of touring/recording experience & performed on several tv shows including The Latin Grammys in Los Angeles (2005). Some of the artists/musicians Cristiano has performed/recorded with: Milton Nascimento, Chico Buarque, Daniel Gonzaga, MPB-4, Miucha, Paula Morelenbaum, Bena Lobo, Carol Saboya, Peter Sprague, David Foster, Greg Porée, Patrice Rushen, Robert Kyle, Dawn Bishop, Dirk K, Alphonso Johnson, Quartet Equinox, Dorian Holley, Marcellina, Rique Pantoja, Gary Meek, Yeofi, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Keith Jones, Paul Cartwright, Clay Aiken, Mitchell Long, Jimena, Anais, Braziliando, Marco Tulio, Roger Espinoza, and many others.
Since arriving in the U.S. from his native Brazil, performer and bandleader Cyro Baptista has emerged as one of the premier percussionists in the world, bringing his unique charm and intense rhythmic drive to countless stages, performing on numerous Grammy-winning recordings, and collaborating with myriad luminaries such as Paul Simon, Herbie Hancock, Yo-Yo-Ma, John Zorn, Trey Anastasio (Phish), Laurie Anderson, Sting and many others.
Baptista’s many honors include DownBeat Critics Poll Percussionist of the Year, Jazz Journalists Association Percussionist of the Year, and Drum Magazine Percussionist of the Year. Baptista leads four different ensembles. He has produced and released ten “solo” albums and tours continuously throughout the world.
He conducts master classes at major musical institutions, such as Juilliard School, Berklee College of Music, Mannes College of Music, The New School, New World Symphony Orchestra, and the Kimmel Center Jazz Camp.
Dafnis Prieto, Henry Threadgill, Steve Coleman, Eddie Palmieri, Chico and Arturo O’Farrill, Dave Samuels & The Caribbean Jazz Project, Jane Bunnett, D.D. Jackson, Edward Simon, Michel Camilo, Chucho Valdés, Bebo Valdés, Roy Hargrove, Don Byron, and Andrew Hill.
From Cuba, Dafnis Prieto’s revolutionary drumming techniques and compositions have had a powerful impact on the Latin and Jazz music scene, nationally and internationally. Various awards include a 2011 MacArthur Fellowship, “Up & Coming Musician of the Year” from the Jazz Journalists Association in 2006, a GRAMMY nomination for Absolute Quintet as Best Latin Jazz Album, and a Latin GRAMMY nomination for “Best New Artist” in 2007. Also a gifted educator, Prieto has conducted master classes, clinics, and workshops throughout the world. He was a faculty member of Jazz Studies at NYU from 2005 to 2014, and in 2015 became a faculty member at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. Since his arrival to New York in 1999, Prieto has worked in bands led by Henry Threadgill, Steve Coleman, Eddie Palmieri, Chico and Arturo O’Farrill, Dave Samuels & The Caribbean Jazz Project, Jane Bunnett, D.D. Jackson, Edward Simon, Michel Camilo, Chucho Valdés, Bebo Valdés, Roy Hargrove, Don Byron, and Andrew Hill, among others. He has performed at many national and international music festivals as a sideman and as a bandleader featuring several of his own projects and music.
Damon is a professional percussionist and sideman who recorded an album produced by David Ryan Harris and features: Harris, Marc Broussard, Morgan James, Zane Carney, Stephen Kellogg The Mason Brothers, Bob Reynolds, Doug Wamble, Janek Gwizdala, J.J. Johnson, and many more. He has worked with Madonna on her 2012 MDNA tour and as a sideman with world class artists like Eric Hutchinson, Stefon Harris, Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez, Richie Flores, Javier Colon and several others. He was also an original cast member of Blast! which won both an Emmy and a Tony award. Damon also teaches privately and at Umass Amherst with Thom Hannum.
Scott Stapp / Sonicflood
Dango is a drummer based in Nashville, TN touring with Grammy award winning artist Scott Stapp, from the band Creed. He also plays for multi-platinum selling worship band, Sonicflood. He has performed with artists worldwide since graduating from Belmont University studying under Chester Thompson. He’s a member of the punk band Amber Pacific, releasing four albums and having songs used on TV shows, movie soundtracks, video games, Monday Night Football, an album on Billboard Top 100, and music videos on MTV. He has played the entire Vans Warped Tour four times. He has also performed with the multi platinum selling band RED, Fireflight, Superchick, All Time Low, Manafest, Tommy Walker, Craig Campbell, and Deana Carter. He endorses DW Drums, Paiste Cymbals, Promark Sticks, Evans Drumheads, and Audix Microphones. He is an active session player, teacher and clinician, and is a member of DW Drums’ Clinician Roster. Dango released his first instruction DVD in 2009, Developing Your Own Sound.
Composer Daniel Platzman, a native of Atlanta, has played trumpet in a concert band, violin in a pit band, viola in an orchestra, guitar/vocals in a rock band, and bass in a Manhattan club. In 2006, he participated in the prestigious Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program at the Kennedy Center, Washington D.C.
He is currently the drummer for the Las Vegas-based rock band Imagine Dragons, with whom he shared the 2014 Grammy award for Best Rock Performance. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Film Scoring from the Berklee College of Music, where he studied with Hal Crook, Sheldon Mirowitz and Ian Froman (among others), played in the Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra (led by Greg Hopkins), the Urban Outreach Jazz Orchestra (led by Lin Biviano) and the Berklee Rainbow Big Band (led by Phil Wilson), and received the Vic Firth Award for Outstanding Musicianship as well as the Michael Rendish Award in Film Scoring.
Dani Markham, a Louisville, Kentucky native, initially discovered her love for rhythm bangin' on pots and pans in the kitchen. By the age of 8, Markham was gigging regularly with the Louisville Leopard Percussionists. She received her degree in Music Performance from The University of Miami's esteemed Frost School of Music. Her recent collaborations include indie-rock band, Tune-Yards, and Grammy nominee, Childish Gambino. She has appeared on Jimmy Fallon, Conan O'Brien, Jools Holland, and has been featured in Modern Drummer and Tom Tom Magazine. Markham is currently based in Brooklyn, New York.
Seasoned percussionist Munyungo Jackson possesses an ever-increasing collection of instruments with which to execute his craft. In his over 50 years of playing, he has performed with Greats such as Miles Davis, Stevie Wonder, Sting, Herbie Hancock, Dianne Reeves, Karen Briggs, Kenny Loggins, the Zawinal Syndicate, George Howard, Ronnie Laws, The Temptations, Four Tops, The Supremes, and dozens of others, including numerous ethnic music and dance troupes.
Munyungo was born in Los Angeles, California and is the nephew of the legendary jazz, pop, and blues singer, Capital Records Nellie Lutcher. In addition to his concerts, tours and recording work, Munyungo is one of the Co-Producers of the Watts Towers Day Of The Drum Festival, which brings together master drummers from all over the world to present their expertise, and the Watts Towers Jazz Festival, which presents Great Jazz musicians performing music from many different musical genres.
Munyungo is currently working with Stevie Wonder, Miles Davis Bitches Brew Remix, Lao Tizer, and many others.
Dave Roth is a percussionist in the current revival of Cats on Broadway. He has been performing for over 25 years and has appeared in over 200 cities worldwide. His most recent performances were in Finding Neverland, Radio City’s Christmas Spectacular, Evita, and over 30 Broadway productions. He has performed in over 30 productions on Broadway and throughout the world including the North American and Asian tours of West Side Story the national tour of Mamma Mia and the national tour and European tour of Smokey Joe’s Cafe. Also as an accomplished orchestral percussionist, he has freelanced with orchestras throughout the Midwest and East coast. He has appeared onstage with Sir Paul McCartney, Gladys Knight, Patty Lapone, The Temptations, Doc Severinson, Henry Mancini, The Chieftains, Pincas Zuckerman, Susan Anton and many more. Dave trained at Kansas State University and also at Northwestern University where he received his Masters of Music degree in percussion performance.
Barbra Streisand, Chuck Mangione, Michael Bublé, Cheryl Bentyne, Jack Sheldon, Maynard Ferguson, Steve Allen and so many more!
Dave is a 30-year veteran of the jazz and studio scene in Los Angeles. He is also a sought-after jazz educator/clinician, jazz singer and songwriter. When Dave isn't on tour with world-class acts such as Barbra Streisand, he is often on tour in support of his celebrated solo vocal jazz CD, "I Just Want To Get Paid". Dave teaches drum set at Pasadena City College.
Born and raised around the Philadelphia area, Davey Chegwidden has numerous credits for film, television, video games, and commercials. He has branched out into other aspects of the music landscape including production, management, musical direction, songwriting and promotion.
His band the Rhythm Roots Allstars have gained a reputation for their skills as a backing band, performing high-energy concerts where they do their own set of music and then back up an artist for their set. The band (with Davey as the musical director) has had the pleasure to perform with such artists as De La Soul, Macy Gray, B.O.B., Barrington Levy, Rakim, Redman, Talib Kweli, and others. Davey produced and co-wrote some tracks with Rhythm Roots Allstars for Ghostface Killah’s “Big Doe Rehab” and they also were a driving force behind De La Soul’s recent release “And The Anonymous Nobody” which has been nominated for a Grammy this year. Davey has co-production and writing credits on 16 of the 18 songs.
David joined the legendary Tower of Power in 1970 and became one of the most influential funk drummers in history.
He has worked with such artists as Patti Austin, Natalie Cole, Mickey Hart's Planet Drum, Boz Scaggs, Gino Vannelli, Talking Drums, The Buddy Rich Orchestra, Wishful Thinking, Poncho Sanchez, and many others.
In 1998, after an eighteen-year "break", he rejoined the group for some "unfinished business" and is currently performing and recording with the Tower of Power.
David is an eight time Modern Drummer Magazine Readers Poll Winner, a DRUM! Magazine Readers Poll winner, and named one of the 100 Greatest Drummers of All Time by Rolling Stone Magazine.
As an educator, David has been a clinician since 1980, a featured columnist for Modern Drummer and the author of numerous books including “Future Sounds” which was rated one of the 10 greatest drum books. He has been featured in numerous instructional videos as well as the creator of The Code of Funk app for iPhone and iPad.
Currently Barry Manilow’s percussionist, David Rozenblatt has worked with some of the finest talents in pop, jazz and classical music. He has performed to sold out concert halls and arenas all over the world and recorded Grammy nominated, Emmy winning and chart topping albums and DVDs.
David has performed with Stevie Wonder, Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett, Michael Buble, Andrea Bocelli, k.d. Lang, Leslie Odom Jr., The Killers, Paul Simon, Usher, Baby Face, Joe Zawinul, Paquito DíRivera, Ornette Coleman, Pierre Boulez, Dimitri Hvorostovsky and Vladimir Spivakov. David received two Grammy nominations for Kristjan Jarvi’s “Absolution” and Barry Manilow’s “In The Swing of Christmas” featuring The Matt Herskowitz Trio, a group he co-founded over 20 years ago. Their albums “Forget Me Not” and “Jerusalem Trilogy” were nominated for the Felix and Juno Awards for Best Jazz Album(s) of the Year.
As drummer, producer and composer for Grammy nominated and German Record Critics Award winning Absolute Ensemble, David can be heard on the group’s seven albums. David composed five critically acclaimed ballets; “Three Point Turn”, “Othello”, “Dirty Wire”, “Chronicle” and “IMPRINT MAYA”, currently in the repertoires of the Mariinsky Ballet, Charlotte Ballet and Complexions Modern Ballet where he is resident composer.
Al Dimeola, Mariah Carey, Aretha Franklin
David Silliman has played with artists such as Mariah Carey, Cassandra Wilson, Blossom Dearie, and Colombian Harpist Edmar Castaneda.His performances on percussion and drums at the "Umbria Jazz Festival", in Orvieto & Perugia, Italy garnered praise from critics and audiences alike. "David's unique setup allowed him to move seamlessly from the Cajon, to Drum Set and all the percussive "toys" in between, creating the rhythmic sound and energy of two or three percussionists. Highlights of David's past work include concert tours with Al DiMeola, Cassandra Wilson, and Aretha Franklin.
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David Stanoch has drummed professionally since age 12. He has an eclectic musical reputation including work with recognized jazz, rock, R&B, Broadway, motion picture and television artists, including Hiram Bullock, George Clinton, Sheryl Crow, Richard Davis, Stanley Jordan, Keb' Mo, Minnesota Orchestra, New Kids On The Block, Bonnie Raitt, Doc Severinsen, Ben Sidran, Timbuk 3, Butch Vig, and The Supremes' Mary Wilson. He is currently musical director for Emmy-winning vocalist, Shaun Johnson's Big Band Experience.
A 25 year faculty member of the McNally Smith College of Music, in St. Paul, MN, Stanoch is a member of Modern Drummer’s Educational Team, author of the book, Mastering the Tables of Time, Vol. I (Winner: #1 Educational Book," Modern Drummer 2009 Readers Poll), co-author, with Elliot Fine, Walfredo Reyes, Sr. and Mark Powers, of The 2 in 1 Drummer (nominee, DRUM! Magazine 2014 Drummie Award) and also serves on the PAS Drumset Committee. Stanoch conducts masterclasses at events including PASIC and NAMM, and performs with college ensembles, dedicated to inspiring young musicians with the same passion he drives bands with from his drumset. David proudly endorses the fine products manufactured by Yamaha Drums, Paiste Cymbals, Remo Drumheads, Vic Firth, and LP.
The Louisville Leopard Percussionists
Diane Downs is the founder and artistic director of The Louisville Leopard Percussionists. Some of the Leopards’ performances include appearances at the Atlanta International Band & Orchestra Convention, the Indiana, Kentucky, and Florida State Music Educator's conventions, WGI Percussion Finals in Dayton, The Midwest Clinic in Chicago, The International Association of Jazz Educators Conferences in Chicago, New Orleans, and New York City, The Duke Ellington Jazz Festival in Washington, DC, twice at the Jazz Education Network Convention, at a TEDx Convention, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and 4 times at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention.
Drum set, Timbal, conga, bongo, Aux Percussion
Didi Negron is a powerful and versatile drummer with a strong music theory background and impressive improvisational skills. The Cirque Du Soleil world wide touring show ‘Amaluna’ keeps Didi pretty busy by playing 8-10 shows a week! Fortunately for the world, she seems to have an endless supply of energy and enthusiasm. Her fierce, self-motivated personality, demonstrates her passion for music. Didi has been a performing musician for more than seventeen years. Today, she is a very compelling drummer and has influenced drummers of both genders to pursue their dreams and passions as professional musician. Currently, Didi is endorsed by Vater Drum Sticks, Sabian Cymbals, Latin Percussion, Kickport, Gretsch Drums, and Cympad. All of these endorsees from the moment they discovered her, knew she will not just be any drummer that goes by un-noticed, for the potential that this young musician has is truly inspiring.
Diego "El Negro" Alvarez master cajón player born in Venezuela. He lived 16 years in Spain where he developed his career alongside the most prestigious flamenco dance companies such as Joaquin Cortez, Antonio Canales, Sara Baras, Nuevo Ballet Español and Paco Peña among others. With more than 12 nominations to the Latin Grammys, winner of a Latin Grammy in 2010 for best Rock album of the year for "Sera" by La Vida Boheme. Promoting El Cajon as a universal instrument, showing its main roots the Peruvian and the flamenco. Now lives in Los Angeles California, where he continues working with different musical projects between flamenco and jazz.
Arizona State University Jazz Department
Dom grew up on the east coast where he studied with Studio great Bernard Purdie and Jazz great Alan Dawson. He began his college teaching career at University of Maine at Augusta in 1972. While living in Maine he played with Jazz greats, Clark Terry, Herb Pomeroy, Dave mckenna to name a few. In 1978 he moved to Reno Nevada where he was house drummer for MGM Grand Show Hello Hollywood and played with acts like , Joan Rivers, Don Rickles, and Tony Orlando. In 1988 moved to Phoenix Az. started teaching at Arizona State University in 1990 and is still there as a Lecturer in the Jazz Department. While in Phoenix Dom has played with many of the west coast greats, Don Menza, Wayne Bergeron, Andy Martin, Joe Lovano.
Born in Texas in 1952, Domingo ‘Sunny’ Ortiz started playing drums at age 12 in conjunto and tejano bands. In 1971, he became interested in congas after listening to Santana, Earth Wind & Fire, War, Kool & the Gang, and Tito Puente - to name a few. In 1986 he moved to Athens, GA and joined Widespread Panic as percussionist full time. Road warriors for the last 30 years, Widespread Panic are known for their live performances and intensely loyal fan base, touring across the U.S annually. Sunny resides in Athens, GA with his wife and two children.
Broadway musicals, NYC sessions, Bobby McFerrin, Burlap To Cashmere, Roger Sanchez, Giada Valenti
Doug Hinrichs is the inventor of LP’s One-Handed Triangle. Perhaps best known for his work on the Broadway musical “In The Heights,” Doug remains very active in the New York theater scene. He is an in-demand session player in the New York City area, working frequently in local recording studios and doing remote recordings from his own studio. His percussion tracks can be heard on commercials for ESPN, Miller Lite Beer, PowerAde, and the New York Knicks.
Doug’s original compositions have been heard on television shows on the USA, CBS, and ABC television networks. He also composed and recorded several Brazilian pieces for promotions for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.
Lee Towers, Massada, Rosa King, Stevie Wonder, Tristan, Wolter Kroes, Danny Malando Orchestra
Dwight Muskita, of Dutch and Moluccan heritage, has been performing and playing percussion since 1985 As an allround percussionist Dwight worked with many bands and artists such as: Stevie Wonder, Lee Towers, Rosa King, Wolter Kroes, Frans Bauer, Tristan, Danny Malando Orchestra, Mark Dakriet, Danjil Tuhumena & friends, Rene Engel Band, Will Nuruwe and Friends, Massada, Brown Hill, Sonny's Inc., Dancing with the Stars, Iwan & Rebekka Praiseband, etc. Dwight has also performed as a guest with international artists like: Kenny G, Mamborama, Jocelyn Brown, Caravana, Luther Allison, Ken Garcia band.
A Grammy nominee and frequent collaborator with salsa crossover star Rubén Blades, conguero Eddie Montalvo was born and raised in the Bronx. Growing up a fan of salsa music, Montalvo started on the bongos, but switched to the congas when he joined Julio Romero & the Latin Jazz All-Stars. With the congas, he would play in the bands of superstars like Celia Cruz, Héctor Lavoe, Willie Colón, and Johnny Pacheco before joining the Fania All-Stars in 1979. In 1995 he released his first solo album, On My Own, while in 2001 he joined Joe Madera in his Big 3 Palladium Orchestra. In 2012 Montalvo released his second solo album, Desde Nueva York a Puerto Rico. It would be nominated for a 2013 Grammy Award in the category of Best Tropical Latin Album.
Montalvo's first conga was the LP Original Conga and we are proud to have worked with Eddie to develop the unique, colorful artwork featured on his signature series congas.
Edgardo & Candela, LaTiDo, California Jazz Conservatory"
Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, Edgardo started his professional career at the ripe age of nine, singing Tangos on public Television. He has performed and toured throughout South America, Europe, Africa and since 1986 he is a much in demand musician in the U.S.A. An LP endorser since the early 90’s, Mr. Cambón has performed or recorded with artist such as Jesús “Chucho” Valdés (Irakere,) Eddie Palmieri, Carlos Santana, José Luis “Changuito” Quintana, Orestes Vilató, Jerry Rivera, Eddie Santiago, Keith Terry and “Crosspulse,” Omar Sosa, Andy Narell, Sovosó (formerly Bobby Mc. Ferrin’s “Voicestra”) Mike Spiro, Karl Perazzo, Rebeca Mauleón, Manny Moka, Kaweh, Jackie Rago and the “Sol y Luna Band,” among many others. Edgardo presents workshops on Afro-Cuban Percussion and Vocals in many Universities throughout the U.S.A, Europe and South America. For the last 30 years, Edgardo has led his Salsa Band “Candela" in which he doubles on Conga and Lead Vocals. Edgardo has released 4 Cds: “Ilusiones”, “Madre Rumba, Padre Son”, “Celebrando 20 Años” and the most recent “Tatuajes Del Alma”, all of them featuring his original compositions and lyrics. His videos on Conga drumming and other percussion instruments have reached thousands of viewers.
Ekendra Das is a multi-percussionist and drummer who made his first professional recording with Harry Belafonte. Ekendra has performed and recorded with several artists and toured the world with the jazz group Fertile Ground and released his first solo recording Ethnomusicology. Live performance, studio, clinics, music production, slong with film scores, gives Ekendra plenty of opportunities to use his LP gear.
Ingrid Michaelson, Elle King
Toured and recorded with Ingrid Michaelson for over 12 years and Elle King for over 4 years. Sessions for The Vamps, A Great Big World, and many others. In 2010 he was voted #1 Up and Coming Drummer in Modern Drummer's Reader's Poll and #5 Pop Drummer in 2015.
Paquito De Rivera, Angela Bofill, Gloria Gaynor
Emedin has a unique and creative ability to incorporate and blend his latin Caribbean african influences into a vast array of musical styles. Emedin has developed his own system of playing drums and congas simutaneously, (sounding like three people), calling it "Percussion Kit". Emedin is well known for his sound effects, many of which are hand made by him. They can be heard on some of the National Geographic shows. Emedin has also won five Emmy Awards - The America Experience (PBS) and Picture Perfect (PBS). Emedin has performed live with Harry Belafante, Gregory Hines, Paquito De Rivera, Vicky Sue Robinson, Angela Bofill, Gloria Gaynor, Ben E King, Dave Samuels, Dave Valentine, Andy Narell, Latoya Jackson, David Broza. Emeline Michel and Bernie Williams just to name a few.
Odysseo by Cavalia, Clinician, Session Musician
Eric Boudreault's drumming journey took off at the age of 3 years old. In 1999 when he was in college, he got selected to be a part of the Yamaha Rising Stars showcase at the Montreal Drum Festival. He has become one of the busiest international touring Canadian drummers with 15 years on the road and more than 4000 shows with different projects. In 2006, "Inizio", the first album of his jazz band Waza, was released in stores. It featured Alex Acuña, John Patitucci, John Beasley, Michel Donato, and Ronal Di Lauro. In 2012, Eric released his educational book titled Drumming Language. Eric has appeared in Modern Drummer, Drums Etc., and DRUM! Magazine - as well as major TV shows such as Jay Leno, KTLA Morning, The Today Show, and many more… He is currently on tour with the biggest touring production in America, Odysseo by Cavalia.
Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Daryl Hall and John Oates
Everett Bradley's vocal, percussion and keyboard work have included playing and recording with Bruce Springsteen’s famed E Street Band, and Bon Jovi and Hall & Oates, Carly Simon, David Bowie, Cyndi Lauper, Bobby McFerrin, and renowned producers Snarky Puppy and Quincy Jones and many more. Theatrically, he starred in and co-wrote the Broadway musical SWING, was a featured performer in the broadway show AFTER MIDNIGHT, was NY director of the off broadway show STOMP, and has more shows in the works. Recently, Everett finished a stint as musical director/bandleader for NBC’s Meredith Vieira Show, for which he also wrote the show’s theme song as well as all the other music included in the program. Now Everett is in the midst of his 11th year of touring his cult funk holiday show HOLIDELIC!
Fausto Cuevas III recently completed Stevie Wonder’s Songs In The Key of Life World Tour 2014 - 2016. He began touring with Stevie Wonder as a Percussionist in the summer of 2007 and since has gone on to perform with him for the 25th Anniversary of the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame at Madison Square Garden, 2009. Artists performing with Stevie include Smokey Robinson, Jeff Beck, Sting, John Legend, & the Late Great B.B. King. In 2008 Fausto performed with Stevie live at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. Fausto has also recorded and toured with the likes of legendary artists such as: Julio Iglesias, Celia Cruz, Kim Burrell, Tina Marie, Cheo Feliciano, Al Jarreau, Tito Nieves, Nestor Torres, and Britney Spears. Fausto also completed The Sugarwater Festival with Queen Latifah in 2005 & 2006. In 2009, Fausto performed at the White House for The President and Mrs. Obama in Fiesta Latina with an All-Star Latin Band led by Sheila E. Fausto also performed at the World Music and Lady of Soul Music Awards with Sheila E. and Amerie; the Tobago Jazz Festival with the Rickey Minor Band performing with Natalie Cole, Vanessa Williams, Patti LaBelle, Najee and Johnny Gil.
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Felipe began playing percussion when he was nine years old in his hometown of Curitiba. He went on to study at the Fine Arts and Music School of Paraná (EMBAP). After moving to Chicago, Felipe quickly became one of the busiest percussionists in town. He was the featured percussionist for Robert Irving III's "Sketches of Brazil" project that debuted at Millennium Park, played prominent shows and events, including the Chicago World Music Festival and the Oprah Winfrey Show, founded and directed Unidos do Quilombo Brazilian percussion ensemble, and taught in Chicago Public Schools, the Music Institute of Chicago, Capital University's Conservatory of Music in Ohio, and DePaul University's School of Music. Since moving to Los Angeles in 2013, Felipe has performed with Ricky Martin, Aloe Blacc, recorded for Janelle Monae, Stanley Clarke, and Disney. He was hand picked by composer John Powell to record on the Rio 2 soundtrack as both a featured percussionist and vocalist.
Cirque Du Soleil
Based in Los Angeles, Fernando Diez has been playing percussion for over thirty years and has never been limited to one style of drumming. Raised in France, he was not only influenced by the Latin music of his Spanish parentage, but also by the African, Middle Eastern and world music scenes in Paris. He has worked all over the globe and has taken all of his experience to create a wide range of sound! It takes you on a magnificent journey, which transcends all boundaries! His creativity has evolved over the years, putting him in a class of his own!
Gloria Estefan, Celia Cruz, Sabado Gigante
Fofi Lancha was the drummer for the no.1 tv show Sabado Gigante International for the past 30 years since its end on Sept 2015. That experience led him to do other shows, including The Peter Fernandez show that lasted 5 years on the Magic City Casino in Miami and Dania Casino. At the moment Fofi plays with The Bobby Nathans band and other projects.
Septeto Nacional de Ignacio Piñeiro
Frank “El Matador” Oropesa is both the administrative director and percussionist for Cuba’s national treasure, the Septeto Nacional de Ignacio Piñeiro. He has performed with some of Cuba’s top legendary bands such as: Conjunto Casino, Orquesta Neoson and Los Naranjos. He has collaborated with percussionists such as: Tata Guines, Ray Barreto, Pedrito Martinez, Jose Luis “Changuito” Quintana and more. He has performed at world-renowned venues and festivals such as: Carnegie Hall, Monterey Jazz Festival, Cempech Jazz Festival, San Francisco Jazz Festival, Yoshi’s, International Film Festival of Dubal, Lehman Center, and more. Septeto Nacional have been nominated for the Latin Grammys twice and their 2016 album, “Lo Mas Grande y Universal” was nominated for the American Grammy. They are winners of the Cubadisco Award and are presently producing their 90th Anniversary album.
Sum 41, Krewella & Street Drum Corps
Frank Zummo was born on Long Island, New York, and began drumming at age three, when he discovered his dad’s drumkit. By the time he was seven he was an award-winning drummer, taking home the top prize in Long Island Drum Center’s Battle of the Beats. In 2004, Zummo helped found the drum ensemble Street Drum Corps with his partners Bobby and Adam Alt. Over his long career—before becoming a member of Sum 41—Zummo performed with Mötley Crüe (he filled in for Tommy Lee during a hand injury), Dhani Harrison’s project thenewno2, Gary Numan, Scott Weiland, and most recently Krewella.
Peter Gabriel, Afro Celt Sound System, Birdy
Ged is a UK based freelance Drummer/Percussionist/Composer. He's played with Peter Gabriel live and in the Studio for 12 years and writes music for TV.
Planeta Azul Trio, Michael Miles Trio, Paulinho Garcia Samba Trio
Geraldo de Oliveira was born and raised in Brazil. He started playing percussion professionally at the age of 14, in his hometown, Belo Horizonte. After moving to Chicago in 1976, he has recorded and/or appeared with Aretha Franklin, Stevie & Eddie, Barbara Eden, Ramsey Lewis, Judy Roberts, Jerry Butler, Tyrone Davis, Walter Jackson, Linda Clifford, Bobby Lewis and many others. He was also a guest artist on the last album recorded by world famous drummer Buddy Rich. Geraldo is an educator and instructor , he has conducted Brazilian percussion clinics and master classes at numerous high schools, colleges, and music organizations in the USA, and abroad. He has been a featured presenter on Brazilian Percussion at PAS events, and received the 2013 Dal Segno Recognition for Professional Achievement. Geraldo keeps busy in the Chicago area performing and recording with different groups including Trio Copacabana, Paulinho Garcia, Planeta Azul, and the Lake Side Singers.
Gibi dos Santos also known as Marco dos Santos is a percussionist born in Salvador, Bahia, the capital of Afro-Brazilian culture. From a young age Gibi was exposed to the rich heritage of capoeira and traditional music. He followed on to study many other Brazilian styles and art forms, receiving recognition for his work in Brazil. He relocated to the United States in 1998 after his brother Meia Noite, also a very talented percussionist, introduced him to Sergio Mendes, whose band they played in together for years. He travels worldwide with Sergio Mendes and has contributed to all his albums since 2008 including Grammy-winning album “Bom Tempo”. He has performed and toured with Airto Moreira, as well as Viver Brazil Dance Company. He has played and recorded with artists such as Kanye West, Enrique Iglesias, Alex Acunha, Giovanni Hidalgo, and Kendrick Lamar. He also appears on the Oscar-nominated soundtrack of motion picture “RIO” and the mobile game “Angry Birds.”
Marilyn Manson/Wicked Beats/Sessions/Clinician
Los Angeles native, Gil Sharone, is highly regarded as one of the most versatile session & touring drummers in the world. He is a multiple-time industry award winner, educator/clinician, and an active member of the bands, Marilyn Manson, Stolen Babies and Team Sleep. His work further extends into film and television scores.
Possessing a unique skill set, Gil came to notoriety in the rock world as a fill-in member of +44 and a member of The Dillinger Escape Plan, Puscifer and currently Marilyn Manson. However, he is widely known as an expert in several other genres. Reggae, ska and rocksteady were part of his earliest influences along with jazz, funk, hip hop and fusion. Gil established himself in the Jamaican styles playing with legends like Eek-A-Mouse, HR of Bad Brains, and Dave Wakeling of The English Beat, which inspired him to author an award-winning DVD and book, Wicked Beats, and recent featured performances with Slightly Stoopid and the Grammy Award winning Morgan Heritage.
Gilmar Gomes is a Brazilian percussionist, singer-songwriter, international recording artist, producer and Visual Artist. Though predominantly known as a musician, this Brooklyn-based creative marvel is a natural artist who defies genre. Gilmar Gomes is currently a member of Enrique Iglesias’ band, having performed with him since 2001. Gomes has toured and recorded extensively with wide-ranging and renowned artists and bands such as Harry Belafonte, Shakira, Rihanna, Meshell Ndegeocello, Richard Bona, Jovanotti, Gilberto Gil, Daniela Mercury, Angelique Kidjo, Esperanza Spalding, Prince and Yerba Buena. Gomes has performed at prestigious music festivals across the globe, including the Montreux Jazz Festival, the Free Jazz Festival, MTV Music Awards, the Grammy Awards, the American Music Awards and Rock in Rio, to name a few. He has appeared on numerous television broadcasts including The World Music Awards, Top of the Pops, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and the Concert for America.
Widely acknowledged as one of the greatest percussionists of all time, Giovanni Hidalgo, began playing percussion at the age of five. Born into a family of musicians, Giovanni first played on a set of congas handcrafted by his father, the great Jose "Maneñgue" Hidalgo. Giovanni first became in the early eighties when traveling to Cuba to work with the group Batacumbele whose debut album has become a cult favorite. Featuring his incredible hand-drumming technique, the album shot Giovanni to instant prominence. His incredible technique and style was the foundation of the hybrid musical style called Songo. He has worked with Eddie Palmieri, Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente, Mickey Hart, Freddy Hubbard, Paul Simon, Dave Valentin, Paquito d'Rivera, and Carlos Santana. His collaborative effort with pianist, Michel Camilo,”Hands of Rhythm” was nominated for a Grammy award in The Best Latin Jazz category. A number of innovative products bear Giovanni's name including the LP Galaxy Giovanni Congas, Bongos and Djembe, LP Giovanni Compact Conga, the vintage style LP Giovanni Palladium Congas as well as the LP Prestige Series Giovanni Timbales. The Giovanni Compact Conga won a 2003 Musikmesse press award (MIPA), receiving top votes in the percussion category by representatives of musical instrument magazines from around the globe.
Griffin Goldsmith is a professional Drummer/Percussionist/Vocalist, hailing from Los Angeles California. After retiring from a possible career of extremely amateur middle school baseball, at age 13, he was sucked into the family business of music. Goldsmith, along with his elder brother Taylor, and rhythmic counterpart Wylie Gelber, formed the band Dawes. He has been honing and harmonizing his skills ever since. Although Dawes is very much considered his primary concern, Goldsmith has had the pleasure of playing alongside such greats as Jackson Browne, John Fogerty, Robbie Robertson, Elvis Costello, world renowned drummer Jim Keltner and countless other contemporaries, both live and on record. He has been featured by such publications as: DRUM! Magazine, Modern Drummer and Drumhead Mag. Goldsmith is frequently seen playing C&C drums, Paiste cymbals, Ahead sticks, LP percussion and many other pieces of custom rhythmic paraphernalia built for him by Dawes bass player Wylie Gelber.
Henry Brun & The Latin Playerz Orchestra/ Independent
Henry Brun, “Mr. Ritmo” to his fans, is hailed as one of the most talented and hardest working professional musicians and band leaders in Southwest U.S.
Brun has recorded over 780 albums, including numerous Grammy and gold / platinum-award winning productions.
In 1989, Henry Brun formed The Latin Playerz, a popular group noted for its blend of Latin, Rhythm and Blues, Swing and straight-ahead Jazz. The group regularly performs throughout the U.S. and abroad, including Cuba’s Festival Internacional Del Caribe, Puerto Rico’s Heineken Jazz Festival, Mexico’s Festival International de Jazz, France’s Jazz a Vienne, Switzerland’s Montreaux Jazz Festival, Taiwan’s Taichung International Jazz Festival, to name a few.
Brun’s professional discipline and dedication to musical excellence has earned him the opportunity to perform and record with Arturo Sandoval, Vicki Carr, Charo, Los Lobos, Texas Tornados, Little Joe y La Familia and Los Super Seven, amongst others.
Randy Crawford, Lamont Dozier, Quincy Jones
Hilko Schomerus was born in Hannover, Germany, in 1964. He began his autodidactic studies in percussion at the age 17. Numerous trips during his music studies took him to Venezuela, Indonesia, and West Africa (amongst other places), where he learned and collected musical instruments and culture of these countries. His openness and curiosity have kept Hilko traveling, trying to find and discover extraordinary traditional percussion instruments from all over the world. He spends most of his time trying to adapt these various styles into a unique combination that has become his own. He works regularly for the Hannover University for Music and Drama and the University of Music in Cologne and gives guest lectures at University for Music in Detmold, Bremen, Hamburg and Osnabrück. He has also presented various international seminars.
Independent/Educator. SARA TAVARES, SELMA UAMUSSE, CRIATURA, THEY MUST BE CRAZY, GIL DO CARMO
Iúri is a Portuguese/Angolan percussionist who works as a professional musician under several styles such as Latin Jazz, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, Fusion, Fado & Pop. Iúri has dedicated himself to music studies with many masters from Cuba, Angola, Brazil, and Argentina. In 2013, Iúri was a finalist at Lavra’s Percussion and Drums Festival ending up as the winner of the contest. Between 2013 and 2014, Iúri Oliveira travelled to the Netherlands to join the Roel Calliste’s School where he developed his skills in World & Ethnic Music. Iúri is currently working as a sideman percussionist and as a studio & touring musician with several projects. He also continues to work with national and international acts. His interpretation of music and his approach of different setups with instrument s allow him to build the perfect atmosphere. Iúri Oliveira's Musical universe is inspired and created through elegance, passion, color and vocabulary with the main purpose of serving the music.
Michael McDonald , Brian Wilson, The Beach Boys
Jackie Bertone he has been an endorser with LP for 27 years specializing in all styles of music! LP has been with Jackie throughout his career every step of the way! Jackie's musical history goes deep with Brian Wilson, the Beach boys, Michael McDonald to name but a few! Whether recording in his studio for the Who's Who in the music industry along with film and television recording, be assured that LP is there with him!
Independent -CIRQUE DU SOLEIL, LION KING , QUEEN -WE WILL ROCK YOU etc...
James Mack has been a highly regarded professional percussionist for 17 years. He studied Music at the Guildhall School of Music in London for 4 years where achieved AGSM Diploma. Here he studied Orchestral and World Percussion After completing his studies in 1994, he has toured with many high profile artists, playing in stadiums and arenas in cities all over the world, appearing in live DVD concerts and television shows. He has recorded albums for very well-known pop artists and has been widely interviewed for many music magazines internationally.
Ted Nugent/Session Drummer
Jason Hartless is a Touring/Session drummer that has performed with legendary artists such as Ted Nugent, Joe Lynn Turner & Mitch Ryder. Jason has over the years toured as the support act with Motley Crue, God Smack, Ted Nugent, Theory of a Deadman, Drowning Pool, Rev Theory, Mountain and Warrior Soul just to name a few. He has worked in some of the finest recording studios in North America while working with world renowned producers such as, Dale Penner (Nickelback), Paul Orofino (Millbrook Recording Studios), Tom Morris (Kamelot, Less Than Jake, Destiny's Child) and Chuck Alkazian (Pop Evil, Asking Alexandria, Soundgarden). Jason has been mentored by drummers such as Corky Laing, Tommy Clufetos, Eric Singer, Todd Sucherman, Anton Fig and many more. Jason started drumming at the tender age of 6 months and created a buzz in the music industry when at age 8 years old he recorded his first album with rock legends Corky Laing, Richie Scarlet and Jim McCarty.
On Your Feet! Broadway Musical, American Symphony Orchestra, Juilliard School Faculty
Javier Diaz is a percussionist that has played with David Sanborn, Diana Ross, Gladys Knight, Pedro Martinez, Michel Legrand, Sean Kingston, Edmar Castañeda, Lázaro Galarraga, The New York World Music Institute, Ara Oko Folkloric Group among others. Javier has performed in several Broadway productions including The Lion King, In The Heights and Tarzan. Javier is also well versed in the classical percussion genre and has appeared with several symphony orchestras along with chamber music groups. Javier has lectured on Afro-Cuban percussion at The Juilliard School, Rutgers University, Paws Music Institute in Los Angeles, the Peabody Conservatory, the Boston Conservatory and at New York University. He currently is Professor of Percussion at the University of Connecticut. He received his B.M. from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles and his M.M. from The Juilliard School, New York.
Waylon Jennings, Tony Joe White
Jeff has received recognition from Modern Drummer magazine for “Best Country Drummer” and through the years has shared the stage with many artists, but he maintains his ever-humble attitude by summing up his credentials with “You’re only as good as your last show.”
Willie Colon, Ray Barretto, Celia Cruz,
Jeffrey Lopez has been playing professionally for over 35 years and is considered to be one of the most talented Timbaleros in the New York and New Jersey area playing with today's Hottest's Latin bands . Jeffrey has also recorded with many top producer such as Grammy award winner Sergio George, lsidro lnfante, Ricky Gonzalez, Efrain Davila, and many more .
Kevin Griffin, Jen Lowe & The Sensitive Dudes
Jen Lowe is a singer/songwriter, percussionist, inventor and a public speaker. She has two solo records out, tours frequently with some of the top artists in the world and is a multi-instrumentalist.
Pedrito Martinez Group
Born in Perú and raised in New York, Jhair Sala spent his formative years studying intensively with Pedrito Martínez whom he met at just ten years old. He’s now in high demand as a session musician and bandleader in his own right, but there’s an uncanny magic when he plays with Pedrito. Jhair’s touch, timing, and feel, are truly remarkable and with literally thousands of hours of studying, performing and jamming together, the two drummers play as one.
Aponte is versatile recording artist, composer, and producer with more than 10 years of professional experience. He has performed for live audiences at the legendary Heineken Jazz Festival in Puerto Rico, Sofar Sounds, Alegria Magazine 5th Year Anniversary, L Fest, The Floor Improv, and around the world. His artistry has also led him to teach music and dance workshops, most recently with the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. Aponte has worked with many Grammy and Latin Grammy winners like Wisin y Yandel, Tego Calderon, David Sanchez, Giovanni Hidalgo, Gilberto Santarosa just to name a few. Aponte hails from Puerto Rico and earned his B.A in Music with an emphasis in Jazz and Afro-Caribbean genres from the Music Conservatory of Puerto Rico. He has a passion for uniting cultures through his music and message and is also an accomplished event producer such as Flowers: Rhythm Delight Music, LA’s premier Afro-Caribbean party at Los Globos.
The Bill Hopkins Rockin' Orchestra, The TV Show Band, The Steve Throop Group
Jim Greiner is an internationally acclaimed, multiple award-winning percussionist, clinician and recording artist. Jim is a seven-time winner of Drum! Magazine's Readers Poll awards for his clinics and instructional DVDs, and has been featured on PBS, NRP, the Discovery Channel, and many other media. Jim has presented over 35 clinics at prestigious Percussive Arts Society International Conferences, has conducted over 100 clinics for LP at music stores and music camps, and has demonstrated instruments for many years at LP events and trade shows. Jim has also recorded tracks on hundreds of CDs and jingles, as well as on movies staring renowned actors such as Susan Sarandon, Willem Dafoe, Sam Rockwell, Dana Delaney, and others. Jim has performed hundreds of shows worldwide with one of America’s top corporate and special events bands, and with festival headliners such as Jazz/Rock icons Quicksilver Messenger Service, Blues/R&B “Lioness” Sista Monica Parker, and Rock legend Jerry Miller (on Rolling Stones’ list of the top 100 Rock guitarists of all time). Jim is also the designer of the LP Jim Greiner Shekere (LP484), and has field-tested LP instrument pro-types for many years.
James Robinson Latin Music Ensemble John-Carlos Perea's Creation Story Lewis Jordan's Music At Large Michelle Pollace Latin Jazz Ensemble Jorge Alabe's SambaMasterClass.com California Brazil Camp Villa Montalvo Arts Education Bloco Do Sol San Jose Brazilian Percussion and Dance
Jimmy Biala is a music educator, performing and recording artist based in the San Francisco Bay Area, California. Jimmy also conducts workshop classes in Cuban and Brazilian percussion in Europe and Asia. He currently resides in San Jose, California
Keiko Matsui, Doc Severinsen, Bob James
Jimmy Branly is a Cuban drummer living in Los Angeles California. Jimmy has record and tour around the world with : Carol Welsman, Doc Severinsen, Keiko Matsui, David Garfield, Jimmy Haslip, Otmaro Ruiz, Abraham Laboriel, Colin Hay, Lia Branly, Rebeca Mauleon, White House Latin nights at the White House, John Novello, Arturo Sandoval, Oscar Hernandez, Adonis Puentes, Pat Senatore, Bob James, Bill Conliffe, etc.
New Swing Sextet, Cubanoson
Born in Fajardo, Puerto Rico, Jimmy Figueroa began his musical career at age 9 being influenced by timbaleros Tito Puente, Endel Dueno and Orestes Vilato. They were the major influence for him to pick up the timbales, among other percussion instruments. His unique style on timbales, bongos and tambora enabled him to play and sing Coro professionally at the age of 12 and he gained the respect and admiration of his peers. Jimmy has performed in several Salsa Congresses in Siberia, England, Greece, Italy, Germany, Amsterdam, Mexico, Colombia and New York. As his percussion techniques develop throughout the years, he continues to evolve as an accomplished musician. Jimmy has recorded on many productions and continues to perform with various bands including, The Grammy nominated New Swing Sextet, Cubanoson, and 7 Con Calle. His natural talent is creative and limitless. His style and technique are unique and he’s always evolving musically in keeping with today’s sound.
4Front, Happy the Man, Broadway shows, independent
Joe Bergamini is most well-known for his progressive rock drumming in the bands Happy the Man and 4Front, and is a fixture on the New York scene. He has performed in over a dozen Broadway shows including School of Rock:The Musical, Beautiful (The Carole King Musical), Movin' Out, Jersey Boys, Rock of Ages, In the Heights, Million Dollar Quartet, The Lion King, and others.
As an educator, Joe has appeared in clinic at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC), the Ultimate Drummers Weekend (Melbourne, Australia), the Cape Breton Drum Festival (Nova Scotia, Canada), KOSA (Vermont, USA), the Sonny Emory Drum Camp (Atlanta, USA), and did two US retail store clnic tours for Tama Drums. A sought-after private instructor for over 25 years, among Joe’s many private students who have gone on to pro careers is world-renowned jazz drummer Mark Guiliana. Joe is the director of the Sabian Education Network for drum teachers, the Senior Drum Editor for Hudson Music, a founding partner of Wizdom Media LLC and WBH MusicWorks (two independent publishers) and participated in developing the Drum Guru app.
As an author, Joe has won four Modern Drummer Readers Poll awards for his drum books, including best drum book of 2013 for Neil Peart: Taking Center Stage.
Of Cuban-American descent, Joe began playing music at the age of 13, in the heavily Latin influenced cities of Miami and Fort Lauderdale. With a professional career spanning nearly three decades, Joe has performed many different styles of music from jazz to country to rock and recorded on numerous projects, both live and in-studio. Joe’s professionalism and engaging personality have earned him a stellar reputation in the music business and he is “first-call” with many bands and recording artists. Joe leads his own jazz and Latin jazz quartet, Joe Garcia & Friends.
Modest Mouse, The Shins, Cold War Kids, Mister Heavenly
Joe Plummer has played drums and percussion, both touring and recording, with Modest Mouse, The Shins, Cold War Kids, Mister Heavenly for over 12 years. Joe also produced and co-recorded an all drum project (inspired by Max Roach's Mboom) called Hew Time, released on Joyful Noise in 2014. Between The Shins and Cold War Kids releases in 2015, Joe produced, recorded and played all instruments on a "solo" debut called Built In Sun. He continues to do session work and coloborate with various artists in Los Angeles and Seattle/Portland. Currently, Joe is working on a largly percussion film/tv project and starting a second Hew Time recording.
Pancho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band / Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band
Born in Hell’s Kitchen, New York City from a long heritage of musicians, Joey De Leon Jr. is an amazingly diverse artists. He holds a bachelor’s degree in classical percussion from the prestigious Manhattan School of Music and currently is a member of Grammy award winning bands - Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band and Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band.
Joey has performed or recorded with artists of almost every genre including: Queen Latifah, Al Jarreau, Dave Valentin, Hilton Ruiz, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Juan Gabriel, Joao Sebastian, Jennifer Lopez, Barry Manilow, Bette Midler, Cyndi Lauper, Tan Dun and Arturo Sandoval as well as many film and TV scores.
In addition to music, Joey is a member of SAG and can be seen in national commercials and programs. Most recently he appeared on the McDonald’s commercial “Hay Un Big Mac For That.”
As an educator, Joey teaches privately, conducts clinics and workshops as well as being a faculty member at California Institute of the Arts. His mission is to reinforce the power of unconditional love and equality through music.
Joey Heredia is a remarkable drummer who blends a multitude of styles, timing, and unbelievable skill to achieve a unique level of playing making him one of the best in the business.
Though some may say that he is a Latin percussionist who added his drumset to the mix, Joey disgrees, "I was always primarily a drumset player. I played my share of timbales, but I was a kit player raised on seventies funk, like Parliament Funkadelics and Sly and the Family Stone." Heredia's work on a hybrid drum/percussion setup is amazing. While keeping solid drum grooves, in the tradition of his mentor Jeff Porcaro, he calls up images of complete percussion sections, teasing us with rhythmic snippets - little "reminders" of clave or traditional cowbell patterns. As a teen in East LA, Joey performed with Tower of Power-style horn bands. He felt the kinship between the clockwork precision of funk and Afro-Cuban rhythms. Joey's list of recording credits includes Dianne Reeves, Stevie Wonder, Billy Childs, Tribal Tech, Strunz and Farah, Tania Maria, and songwriter Michael Ruff.
A perfect sampler of Joey's work is the CD "Mendoza Heredia Neto: Live in L.A."
Dharma Allstars, Clinician
New York-based John Favicchia has performed and/or recorded with such greats as Special EFX, Steve Khan, Eddie Money, Tony Levin, Chieli Minucci,Charlie Daniels, Lonnie Plaxico, Robbers, John Benitez, Gary US Bonds, Harvie S, Larry Coryell, Dean Brown, Rachel Z, Joe Butler-Love And Spoonful, The Tokens, Felix Cavaliere, Kerry Kearney, Chris Geith, Laco Deczi, Long Island Music Hall Of Fame Band, Mike Pope, and Bob Malach just to name a few. Known for his extreme versatility, in the course of a week John can be seen drumming from NYC Jazz Clubs to Rock Concert halls to International Drum Festivals as well as the top Music Festivals around the world.
Vanguard Jazz Orchestra
Critically acclaimed performer, author and teacher, John Riley has worked with the world's leading Jazz musicians for over 30 years. A three time GRAMMY award winner and 14 time nominee, John has played on hundreds of recordings and at major venues with Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz, Woody Herman, John Scofield, Joe Lovano, Bob Mintzer, The Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra and many others. John has a BM in Jazz Studies from the University of North Texas, 1975, and an MM in Jazz Studies from the Manhattan School of Music, 1985. He is on the faculty of Manhattan School of Music and SUNY Purchase, an Artist in Residence at the Amsterdam Conservatory in Holland and has given master classes around the world.
Gary Clark Jr for Johnny Radelat
Johnny Radelat was born to Cuban immigrants in Union City, N.J., came of age in Miami, FL, and calls Austin, TX 'home'. Prior to teaming up with Grammy award winning Gary Clark jr., he honed the skills and subtleties of playing/touring with: reggae, rhythm n blues, soul, and funk bands. Johnny embraces a simple yet bombastic approach to drumming and quests not to play with technical perfection, but with honest, heartfelt emotion. Johnny has toured extensively (North America, Europe, South America, Australia, and Japan), sharing the stage and supporting the likes of Tom Petty, The Rolling Stones, The Foo Fighters, Dave Matthews band, Kings of Leon, Eric Clapton, Robert Plant...
Johnny Radelat plays: Gretsch Drums, Sabian Cymbals, Pro-Mark Sticks, Evans Drum heads, and LP percussion.
Tito Puente, Mambo Legends Orchestra
At 17 years old John earned a place playing bongos in the Tito Puente Orchestra and thus began his career and a lifetime association with the King of Latin Music. John spent over 30 years with the Tito Puente Orchestra, also working with Tito Rodriguez, Ray Barretto as well as his successful ‘Tipica 73’ band. Following Tito Puente’s death in 2000 John got together with Jose Madera and Mitch Frohman and they formed the Latin Giants Orchestra in 2001. The band has released two albums which have been recognized internationally.
Today, John refuses to rest on his laurels and continues to work tirelessly to promote Latin music and further its progression worldwide. He is very active with the Mambo Legends Orchestra, which features the stars of the former Tito Puente Orchestra. The band performs the famed Palladium days music of Tito Puente, Tito Rodriguez, and Machito, and also recorded The Giants Play the Music of the Palladium.
In 2009, John entrusted LP's with developing the LP Legends Series John "Dandy" Rodriguez, Jr. Bongos. The drums have sound and visual features that John is proud to have his name on.
It was Christmas day when Huntington Beach, California native Jon "Jon" Olazabal received a set on hand drums from his father. Inspired by accomplished percussionists’ like Josh Freese and Alex Acuna, Jon says that most of what he learned about hand drumming came from mimicking kit drummers. “I loved to try and figure out the crazy patterns of guys like Mickey Hart, Mitch Mitchell, Santana, Keith Moon and Stewart Copland,” says Jon. “As I got older, I grew to love more contemporary drummers like Danny Carey and Jimmy Chamberlin.” Jon admits there’s nothing like playing on the road every night, not having to worry about anything except playing the best show possible. And playing the best possible show not only depends on Jon, but his equipment too. “I play LP because I want to play with the best,” he says. “I play hard, and I need drums that I can take out on the road and beat up, bring home to the studio and still have them sound like the day I got them.”
Queens of the Stone Age, One Day as a Lion
Jon Philip Theodore is an American drummer that is best known as a former member of The Mars Volta & as the current drummer for Queens of the Stone Age. He is also a member of One Day as a Lion.
Theodore first started playing drums at the age of 15 and was soon involved with his high school concert band. It was at this point that he studied percussion and learned how to map arrangements. He later studied at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio.
Theodore draws inspiration from many different forms of music but those most prevalent in his playing are jazz, fusion & rock. He has also touched upon another factor which adds to his individual style: "My dad is Haitian and my favorite Haitian drummer is this guy called Azor. The music that moves me has the drumming from the Haitian voodoo rituals because the patterns are connected to different spirits; it's a spiritual thing that is interconnected with dancing, sacrifice and devotion. It's fully passionate. There is nothing contrived about it."
Puerto Rico native Jorge Ginorio is a professional percussionist, educator, and clinician. A graduate of the prestigious University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. Throughout his performing career, Jorge has had the honor to perform, tour, and record with artists such as: Tom Braxton, Brave Combo, Cindy Cruse-Ratcliff, Aretha Franklin, Carlos Guedes, Mark Harper, Israel Houghton, Airto Moreira, Andy Narell, One O'Clock Lab Band, Dave Samuels, Poncho Sánchez, Lou Marini, Michael Spiro, Najee, among others. As an educator/clinician, Jorge keeps extremely active conducting lessons, clinics and workshops. He has presented at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, Texas Music Educators Association Convention, as well as in universities, colleges, and cultural centers. Currently, Jorge is integral part of the Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas area musical scene where he perform, record, and teach.
Spanish Harlem Orch, Ruben Blades, Willie Colon
Four time Grammy Award winner & LP Artist, Jorge Gonzalez has played profesionally for over 30 years and has recorded over 150 albums, Four which were grammy winners and Five Grammy Nominated. He has had the privilege of performing & recording with Latin Legends such as Ruben Blades, Willie Colon, Celia Cruz, Johnny Pacheco, Ray Barretto, Larry Harlow, Juan Luis Guerra , The Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Paul Simon, Bernard Lavilliers & Many Others.
Pete Escovedo Sheila E. The E. Family
As a child, Juan taught himself to play bongos, congas, trap drums, timbales, percussion, and other instruments. When he turned 14, he went from studying his father, Pete Escovedo, to proudly performing with him.
Juan has toured, performed, and recorded with many artists, including Prince, Tony Toni Tone, Patti LaBelle, Amerie, Chingy, Jody Watley, Lou Bega, MC Hammer, Lionel Richie, En Vogue, El DeBarge, Freddie Hubbard, Barry White, Herbie Hancock, Teri Lynn Carrington, Bobby McFerrin, Tito Puente, Cheryl Lynn, Raphael Saadiq, Bobby Womack, his sister Sheila E., and, still, his father, Pete Escovedo. Juan tours, writes, and records as a solo artist, with his father's Latin Jazz Orchestra, and with the E. Family: his father, his brother, Peter Michael Escovedo, and his sister Sheila E. The E.Family's latest CD, Now & Forever, which features guest artists Prince, George Duke, Raphael Saddiq, Gloria Estefan, Joss Stone, Israel Houghton, and Earth, Wind & Fire, includes three songs co-written and produced by Juan.
Rocky Dawuni, Pharalle Williams, Kendrick Lamar
Kahlil Cummings is an acclaimed drummer and has played with numerous reputable groups including Ballet Folclórico Do Brasil, Sona Sané, Abalayé, Debbie Allen Dance Company, Les Amazones, and Viver Brasil. Kahlil honed his rhythmic gifts with noted teachers including Mestre Amen Santo, Jose Ricardo Sousa, Kobla Ladzekpo, and Mabiba Bagne. His compositions can be heard on his debut album Iniké Baba, recorded live in Guinea, West Africa. Kahlil was the musical director for opening numbers for both the NAACP Image Awards and the Choreographers Awards in 2004. Since then, he has performed with several renowned artists such as Janelle Monae (American Idol), Shakira (music video “Waka Waka), and R. Kelly. In addition, Kahlil performed with Pharrell Williams and Kendrick Lamar in the 2015 and 2016 Grammy Awards, respectively. His prolific abilities have even taken him as far as Japan, where he produced and recorded music for Takarazuka, an elite Japanese theater ensemble, and for Pomba, a well-known fitness company. Currently Kahlil plays and tours with international recording artist Rocky Dawuni, and can be heard on the album “Branches of the Same Tree,” which earned a Grammy nomination for Best Reggae Album of the Year in 2016. He is now the musical director for Viver Brasil, Los Angeles’s premier Afro-Brazilian dance company.
Every musician has an idol, a performer or group that embodies what they wish to become. From his childhood in San Francisco, Karl Perazzo wanted to play with Santana. "I used to play with the band when I was younger," he jokes, "but then the needle broke." However, young Perazzo did have considerable talent, and had played with Cal Tjader, Malo, Ray Obiedo, Prince and Andy Narell by the time he was 12. His life-long dream was realized in 1991 when he joined Santana to play timbales. Perazzo has also performed and recorded with Mariah Carey, Dizzy Gillespie, Phish, The United Nations Orchestra and John Lee Hooker. He also has several side projects which he leads, including the popular Salsa band, Avance. In addition to performing and recording, Perazzo teaches percussion. Along with former Santana conguero Raul Rekow, Perazzo starred in LP's popular instructional video From Afro-Cuban to Rock, which breaks down the complex musical rhythms of Cuban percussion. Because of their unique chemistry and infectious teaching style, Perazzo and Rekow are a sure-fire hit with audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Karl has teamed up with LP to create the LP Karl Perazzo Signature Series Timbales.
GORILLAZ & DAVID SANBORN
Karl Vanden Bossche’s family originally from Ghana, came to London in the early sixties. Karl who was born in London where he and grew up listening to reggae and soul because of his older brothers. Karl’s first instrument was bongos, congas, timbales, assorted percussion and then drumset. He went to gigs and met other musicians, asking questions about how they got started, where to go for jam sessions, etc. Karl was always in some kind of reggae or funk band, but his first break was joining a band called King Salsa were he meet some musicians who recommended him to more popular bands. Today, Karl is one of the leading percussionist in Europe who has played for such artists like, Pasadenas, Lighthouse Family, Robert Palmer, Incognito, Brand New Heavies, John Martin, Des’ree, Mark De Clive Lowe, Simply Red, Joss Stone, Sade, Ms. Dynamite, Basia, Blur, Natasha Bedingfield, Steve Winwood, Gorillaz, Mark Ronson, Jon Lucien, Frank Mccomb, Nigel Kennedy and more.
Post Modern Jukebox, Beat Mosiac, Session Musician, Independent
Kassandra Kocoshis is a multi-percussionist living in Los Angeles. Throughout her career, she has gained a reputation for her versatility in the genres of Funk, Soul, R&B, Flamenco, Orchestral, World, Rock, Pop, and Latin percussion. Kassandra has performed with artists such as Kanye West, Vanessa Williams, Shaherah White, Young the Giant, Persian Artist Hamed Nikpay, and Flamenco greats such as Carmela Greco, Jose Cortes “Pansekeyto”, Alfonso Cid, Adam del Monte and Vahagni. As a recording artist, she has contributed to the albums of Las Guitarras de España, Idilio, Vahagni, and many more. She recently contributed to the Grammy Nominated album “Love Language” by South African artist Wouter Kellerman. In addition to her freelance and session work, she is currently a member of the Funk/Soul band Beat Mosaic. She is endorsed by Latin Percussion and Amplified Timber mic’ing system.
Snarky Puppy, Banda Magda, Bocante
Hailing originally from Nagasaki, Japan, Keita Ogawa is one of the most versatile and sought-after percussionist and drummer in New York City. He was accepted into the prestigious Berklee College of Music in fall of 2005 where he studied with legendary musicians and educators Manuel “Egui” Castrillo, Jamey Haddad, Tito De Gracia, David Rosado, and Mark Walker. Seeking full immersion into the world of Brazilian percussion, Keita relocated to Rio de Janeiro for 3 months and studied with the some of the country's most respected musicians- Jorginho do Pandeiro, Celsinho Silva, Kiko Freitas, and Marcio Bahia among others. Since his arrival in America, Keita has performed with some of the biggest names in modern music including Yo-yo-ma, Assad Brothers, Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra, Romero Lubambo, Clarice Assad, Terri Lyne Carrington, Osvaldo Golijov, Alisa Weilerstein, Gustavo Dudamel, Benny Green, Eric Harland, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and more. Also He is a member of 2 times Grammy winner band Snarky Puppy. Keita can virtually play any percussion instrument and musical style with fluency and unparalleled musicality. Despite his youth, he has set an example for the next generation of world-class musicians.
Keith Carlock has recorded and/or toured with such musical luminaries as John Mayer, Sting, Steely Dan, James Taylor, TOTO, Christopher Cross, Donald Fagen, Walter Becker, Diana Ross, Faith Hill, The Blues Brothers Band, Mike Stern, Leni Stern, David Johansen and the Harry Smiths, Richard Bona, Chris Botti, Wayne Krantz, Rudder, Harry Belafonte, Oz Noy, Larry Carlton, Clay Aiken, Rascal Flatts, Paula Abdul and Grover Washington, Jr, to name a few. Keith was voted number 1 Pop drummer, number 1 Fusion drummer, and number 1 Best All-Around drummer in Modern Drummer’s 2009 Readers Poll.
Kent Aberle is a first-call professional drummer from Atlanta, GA currently touring with Kristian Bush of Sugarland. Kent has performed every type of situation possible from the restaurant jazz gig, to the metal rock show, to playing in front of 150,000 people in China. With a strong belief in the power of rhythm to shape lives, Kent has become one the most sought after instructors in the country. This aspiration to teach led to Kent’s online lesson program. Kent is the author of “The Weekend Warrior” column for DRUMHEAD Magazine, one of the top drum magazines in the world.
Fargo Moorhead Symphony Orchestra, Fuego Tropical World Music Ensemble, Soulsa De Fargo
Dr. Kenyon Williams has worked throughout the United States as a professional performer, educator, arranger, and clinician. He has performed as a guest soloist and section member for numerous orchestras throughout the country and currently serves as Principal Percussionist with the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony. Dr. Williams is a Professor of Music at Minnesota State University Moorhead where he directs the acclaimed “Fuego Tropical” Percussion and World Music ensemble as well as the MSUM Percussion Ensemble. His interests have taken him abroad which led him to found and direct three professional ensembles: “Poco Fuego” steel drum quintet, “Soulsa de Fargo” salsa band, and the "Varying Degrees" percussion trio. In 2013, he released his first solo album, "Homage," which features a wide variety of newly commissioned works for percussion.
American Idol, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
Kevin Ricard’s versatility and musicality are the most important things he brings to each recording or performance. He brings a sense of groove to Rock, Jazz, Pop, and R&B styles, and adds authenticity to Afro-Caribbean and Brazilian styles. Whether it’s the Brazilian groove of Sergio Mendes, the timeless music of Stevie Wonder and Lionel Richie, or playing with legends like Steve Winwood, Kenny Loggins, or the late, great Celia Cruz, Kevin shows he can move smoothly between diverse styles and why he’s in constant demand. Kevin's long list of recording credits includes Joe Zawinul, B.B. King, Natalie Cole, Wayne Shorter, Marc Anthony, Kenny Loggins, Juan Gabriel, Queen Latifah, Enrique Iglesias, Jill Scott, Take 6 and numerous others.
Kevin has also performed on a number of movie scores including The Hangover, The Pink Panther 1 & 2, The Great Debaters, Traitor, Speed, The Adams Family Values, A Bugs Life, Woman On Top and many more. Kevin's professional television career includes being a member of the house bands for Dancing with the Stars, America's Got Talent, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and American Idol.
LP is proud to offer Kevin’s innovative, patent-pending, top-tuning Signature Cajon (LP1424) that allows the player shape the tone to their exact specifications.
Steve Tyrell, Diane Schuur, Tom Scott
For the past 11 years Kevin Winard has toured the world with singer Steve Tyrell. He's recorded on numerous CDs of Steve's as well as played on recordings which Steve has produced. The most recent are with artists Neal McCoy and Kristin Chenoweth. His drumming and percussion talents also led him to perform and/or record with artists such as Sergio Mendes, Doc Severinsen, The Captain & Tennille, Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra Jr., Rosemary Clooney, John Rowles, Delaney Bramlett, Roger Williams, Carol Burnett, Hal Linden, Ray Anthony, Les Brown, Billy Barty, Patty Andrews of The Andrew Sisters, Mavis Rivers, Captain Jack McDuff, Jim Nabors, Téka, Joyce Partise, Dolores Scozzesi, Lauren White, Mark Winkler, Marylyn Horne, Marilyn Maye, Christine Ebersole, Gloria Loring and Debby Boone. Kevin has also been working with studio legend Tom Scott and with the legendary Diane Schuur. In addition, Kevin has produced projects for other artists.
Born into a family of musicians, Kristian Díaz was introduced to music at an early age by the music of his grandfather and father, which included the traditional rhythms of southern Mexico. Kristian and his brother studied oriental African percussion as teenagers. In 1995, they formed the group, Sangbarala Percussion. Kristian has accompanied several musicians from Mexico and the United States including Emmanuel, Kit Holmes, Romulo Castro, Guillermo Anderson , George Voland, Azul Violeta , Grant Maloy Smith to name but a few. Among the highlights of his career are the performance at the National Auditorium, the Miguel Covarruvias Hall, the National Arts Center (CNA), among others. You can hear him play at the famous Antone's Nightclub with local groups and at different Jazz Club in Mexico.
O" by Cirque du Soleil
Born and raised in East Los Angeles, Kurt has been a part of the Latin and Brazilian scene in Los Angeles for years, performing Latin and Brazilian artists like Poncho Sanchez, Clare Fisher, Fred Ramirez, Montuno, Bien Suave, Susie Hansen and Bobby Redfield, L.A. Samba, Embra Samba, Feijoada Completa,Katia Moraes, Carlos Castro Neves, Moacir Santos and Kleber Jorge. After years of touring and performing with Sergio Mendes, Paul Anka, Quincy Jones, Kenny G.,David Foster, Tania Maria, Diane Schuur, Natalie Cole, Diana Ross, Marilyn McCoo he is currently the percussionist for "O" by Cirque du Soleil. Kurt has been traveling to Brazil to perform with Escola de Samba “Portela” in Rio and with “Vai-Vai” in Sao Paulo. Kurt Is also the Director of World Percussion at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. "I’ve had a long and successful career in music and could not have done this without the support of everyone at LP and the finest percussion instruments. in the world.”
Independent/Broadway Shows - Come From Away
Larry is known as a "musical chameleon", making him one of the top-call freelance drummers in NYC. His eclectic resume spans all genres including major pop/rock artists, jazz, country, symphony orchestras and for the past 20 years, he’s made his home on Broadway, where he is currently playing the hit Broadway musical, "Come From Away".
His resume of Broadway shows is extensive, including performing on over 30 different shows, including the 12-time Tony Award winning hit Broadway musical, "The Producers", as well as the rockabilly runaway hit “Million Dollar Quartet”. He also maintains a busy schedule filled with studio recording projects for artists, film and TV jingles, along with live gigs around New York, major artist tours, and masterclasses across the globe. He can also be seen frequently on TV, performing on all major TV variety shows based in NYC. Larry is thrilled to call NYC home, and to be making music with LP. Recordings/Performances with: Sebastian Bach, Melissa Etheridge, Nick Jonas, Vanessa Williams, Daniel Radcliffe, Heather Headley, Anika Noni Rose, Doug Stone (Multi Platinum Nashville Recording Artist), and the legendary 1960's band, The Mamas & The Papas. His impressive resume also includes performances with jazz piano virtuoso Geoff Keezer, Indie hard rockers SuffraJett, Latin trombonist Andre Stephani, and the Minneapolis based, nationally acclaimed Cedar Avenue Big Band.
Lilliana is a multi-talented singer, songwriter, percussionist, and actress living in the Los Angeles. Born into the legendary De Los Reyes family she has a natural inclination for rhythm making.
Originally a self-taught musician, Lilliana honed her skills at the prestigious Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California. In addition to performing in the Los Angeles area, she is currently touring throughout the world with ten-time award winning artist, George Benson.
Faithless. Brand New Heavies. Tony Hadley. Nik Kershaw. Belinda Carlisle.
Lily is percussionist & vocalist for a host of artists, most recently with Faithless. She tours the world playing LP instruments because "they're the best". She also writes & records original material & is looking to release a new album of original music in 2017.
Eddie Palmieri, Paquito D Rivera, Dave Valentin
At the age fourteen, Little Johnny joined Orquesta Colon, the youngest Latin band in New York City and recorded two albums with them. Johnny then moved to Puerto Rico with his parents and joined La Sonora Ponceña. After playing bongoes with the band for a year a half he switched to congas, which rekindled the love affair he had begun with this instrument as a small child. During the sixteen years Little Johnny played with La Sonora Ponceña, he traveled the world and recorded eighteen highly respected albums with them. Currently, Little Johnny is touting extensively with the winner of ten Grammy awards, Eddie Palmieri. In addition, Johnny continues to work at studio sessions and perform with many of the biggest and most respected acts in latin music including his own bands. Johnny's first solo salsa album effort "Paso Gigantes Remix" has been very well received by critics and music fans like. Johnny also wrote and produced every song on this CD, showcasing his arranging and playing abilities.
Juan Luis Guerra 440
Luis Alberto Mojica Almon, better known as Luis Mojica, from Santo Domingo started his studies of music at the age of 5. His professional career started in 1994 with Manuel Jimenez, whom he worked for 5 years. He then worked with the several merengue groups such as "Los Potros del Caballo", Raffy Matias, Angelito Villalona, Ruby Perez, and renowned songwriter Jandy Feliz, composer of “Amor Narcótico". Luis also recorded for artists such as Juan Luis Guerra, Joseph Fonseca, Eddy Herrera, Daniel SantaCruz, Adalgisa Pantaleón, Gisselle, and Milly Quezada to name just a few. In 2001 he started his tenure with Juan Luis Guerra y 440 and continues to work with him. He also collaborates as a producer with Milly Quezada as well as recording with notable arrangers Manuel Tejada, Victor Waill, Juan Valdés, Leo Pimentel, Armando Oliveros, Ramón Orlando, Luis del Rosario, Junior Cabrera, and Richard Marcel.
Magatte Sow, or as many people know him Magatte Fall, is a two-time Grammy Award winning percussionist that represents the best of both worlds. Coming from a long line of musicians and griots (oral historians), Magatte was raised as an African with a strong connection to his culture in Los Angeles, CA; and it is these two dynamics that has created the vibrant artist he is today. Debuting in his parents' West African Drum and Dance company at the age of two, Magatte would later work with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind & Fire, Kirk Franklin, Rob Thomas, Baba Maal, Salif Keita, Youssou N'Dour, Akon, and Angelique Kidjo; which he has been her official percussionist for over nine years. Magatte continues to also travel back to Senegal to restore keeping that connection alive through music. Though he has experienced so much at such a young age, Magatte Sow's future is very bright; and he will continue to be a trailblazer in every style of music that he approaches.
Marc is the Dean of the College of Performing Arts at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, & Professor of Drumset. He’s performed with Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Randy Brecker, Jon Faddis, Pat Martino, Tom Kennedy, Robin Eubanks, Stanley Clarke, Christian McBride, Tom Jones, Mel Torme, Stevie Wonder, Lee Ritenour, Natalie Cole, the Boston Pops, & the Dallas, San Diego, Buffalo, Missouri, Honolulu, Nashville, and Philadelphia Orchestras. Now touring with Ben Vereen, he is also a regular contributor to Modern Drummer Magazine and a member of their International Education Team.
Snarky Puppy, Banda Magda, Sofía Ribeiro
Marcelo Woloski is a Latin-Grammy winning percussionist, drummer and composer from Buenos Aires based in New York City. His broad array of sounds, versatility, masterful skill, charismatic personality and unique approach to percussion setups and orchestration has made him the to-go person for recording artists, producers and arrangers throughout the globe.
While very active in the NY scene, the Berklee College of Music graduated percussionist, is also constantly touring the world with different artists and groups like Snarky Puppy, Banda Magda, and the group of Sofía Ribeiro. Performing and recording credits include grammy winning artists such as Ruben Blades, Susana Baca, Marta Gomez, Lalah Hathaway, The Kronos Quartet, and Arturo O´Farril. Marcelo’s most recent work as a composer can be heard on Snarky Puppy’s last release Culcha Vulcha - Grammy nominated for best contemporary instrumental album 2017 - that includes his composition Palermo, and more to come in his upcoming debut album to be released on 2017.
Thalia, Lila Downs, Gilberto Santa Rosa
Marcos J. Lopez is one of the most promising multi-genre percussionists breaking out of his native Puerto Rico. He made his path known with salsa group N’Klabe. He currently tours with superstar Thalía, Multi-Grammy award winner Lila Downs and Plena Libre. Marcos has performed with the Max Weinberg Orchestra, Issac Delgado, Wisin & Yandel and salsa veterans like Victor Manuelle, Gilberto Santa Rosa, La India and Tito Nieves. Marcos has appeared in Good Morning America and the Late Night Show with Seth Meyers along pop duo Karmin. He has appeared in countless recordings, including two major studio albums: ‘Ceremony’ with jazz legend Dave Liebman and ‘Maldades’ with Grammy winning artists Humberto Ramirez and Oskar Cartaya. As an educator, he has given clinics at The Montreal Drum Fest, PASIC, Berklee and the Percussion Festival in The PRCM. Influenced by family, like his grandfather Sammy Ayala, one of the founders of Cortijo y su Combo, Marcos began playing percussion at age two. He won a full scholarship from Berklee College of Music and obtained his bachelor’s degree in Music Business Management in 2011.
World Percussionist, Independent Grooversity
A contemporary percussionist and educator, Marcus Santos has performed for the president of Brazil, TEDx, Montreal Drum Fest and with the “One World Band” produced by MTV. He has been honored with the KOSA Recognition award, Outstanding Arts Performer Award by the Brazilian Immigrant Center as well as Outstanding Percussionist Award by Berklee College of Music. Marcus has lead workshops on Afro-Brazilian percussion and music for Social Change in universities and conventions around the world such as Carnegie Hall, PASIC and Harvard. He’s currently the director of the Grooversity Global Drumming Network project that includes twenty four drumming groups in the US, France, Germany and Canada.
Maia Sharp, Linda Tillery, Ann Hampton Callaway
Maria is originally from Camaguey, Cuba, raised in New Orleans. She began her musical career playing various night clubs in the New Orleans French Quarter. She conducts workshops, master classes, concerts and clinics at schools, International Music Conferences, Colleges and Universities. She has traveled the globe to perform at major venues where she shared both stage and studio with artists such as Barry White, El Chicano, Klymaxx, Rita Coolidge, Nell Carter, Angela Bofill and others. As the recipient of the “Outstanding Player of the Year Award” from the Percussion Institute of Technology. She joined the Musicians Institute faculty and later authored the Latin core curriculum for the Brazilian and Afro-Cuban classes. Maria’s educational articles have appeared in Modern Drummer, Percussive Notes, Drum Magazines and LP Drum Instructors Only.
Jono Manson, John Popper & The Duskray Troubadours, Manzanares
Since the mid- 1980s, Mark Clark has maintained a touring presence nationally and globally with The United States Air Force Band of the Golden West (1986-90), Ottmar Liebert (1992-2002), Jono Manson (1995-2015) and John Popper & The Duskray Troubadours (2011- ). Representative of his numerous television appearances are performances with Ottmar Liebert (Jay Leno, The Today Show, Regis and Kathy Lee, Univision Mexico) and John Popper & The Duskray Troubadours (Lopez Tonight). He has appeared on more than 50+ recordings with those by Dan Fogelberg, James Taylor and Ben Taylor, Ottmar Liebert, John Popper, Jono Manson, Cat Stevens, Crystal Bowersox, Kip Winger and the 2011 debut of John Popper & The Duskray Troubadours representing his most notable work.
Grammy Nominated Drummer and Percussionist Mauricio Herrera Tamayo is from Holguin, Cuba. By 14 he began studying percussion and graduated from the Jose Maria Ochoa Conservatory in Holguin. In 1994 he moved to La Habana to broaden his horizons, where he played, toured, and recorded with Cuba’s greatest artists. He is currently based in New York City pursuing numerous recording and performance projects. He has played, recorded and toured with: David Sanchez, Stefon Harris, Nicholas Payton Christian Scott, Lila Downs, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Richard Bona,Manuel Valera and the New Cuban Express, Alfredo de la Fe, Bryan Lynch, Luis Perdomo, Ignacio Berroa, Steve Coleman & Five Elements, Jacky Terrasson, Lew Soloff, Marc Ribot, Candido Camero, Yerba Buena, Robby Ameen featuring Ruben Blades, Yosvany Terry Afrocuban Roots and many others. Mauricio has been an educator at multiple Music Conservatories and has taught Master Classes in several prestigious universities like Berkley and Harvard.
Mauricio Zottarelli Group
The brazilian-born and New York City–based drummer and composer Mauricio Zottarelli has been on the forefront of the Jazz, Latin and Brazilian music circles for many years. He has worked with many important and notable artists of today, crossing over many musical styles: Hiromi, Eliane Elias, Prasanna, Lee Ritenour, Dave Grusin, Esperanza Spalding, Keiko Matsui, Richard Bona, Paquito D’Rivera, Richard Galliano, Chuck Loeb, Chico Pinheiro, Cláudio Roditi, Joe Locke, Geoffrey Keezer, Mike Pope, Eldar, Ivan Lins, Carmen Souza, Rosa Passos, Dom Salvador, Jovino Santos Neto, Oriente Lopez, Gustavo Assis Brasil, Hendrik Meurkens, and many others. In 2012 he won the most important music award in Brazil, the “Brazilian Music Awards”, with legendary pianist Dom Salvador. Mauricio has 4 albums out as a leader/co-leader: Dig Trio (2003), 7 Lives (2009), MOZIK (2011), & Glasses, No Glasses (2014).
George Benson, Incognito, The Brand New Heavies
Max Beesley is an actor and musician from Manchester UK. At 11 he won a scholarship to the prestigious Chethams school of music where he studied percussion piano and composition. As well as being a classically trained musician he developed a strong connection to jazz Rand B and soul. Sighting Herbie Hancock Steve Gadd Bill Evans Nana Vascocellos and Giovani Hidalgo as his main inspirations. At 18 he won 5 scholarships to The Royal Academy, Trinity college of music, The Guildhall school of music and drama The royal Colledge of music and The Royal Northern colledge of music. Tuned percussion and Latin percussion being his foremost strengths. He worked with Leonard Bernstein and Michelle Le Grand during this period. At 19 he joined Paul Weller's band as a session musician recording and touring for the next 2 years. He became one of the most sought after multiinstrumentalist in the session business playing with diverse artists ranging from Red Rodney, Charles McPherson, Bobby Shew, to Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Earth Wind And Fire, George Benson, Mr James Brown, George Michael, Jamiroqui and Robbie Williams. Currently scoring films and writing his own album and doing sessions on either percussion piano or drums.
Paradigma, Mussorgsky College Of Music
One of Russia’s leading drummers, Max Klots is an authoritative jazz/fusion performer, teacher, clinician, session player, and the author of a popular series of drumming books and instructional DVDs. Max’s deep knowledge of drumming, natural artistry and exceptional communication skills make him an in-demand teacher and clinician with a fresh and unique approach to his methods and concepts all of which are recognized and approved by such master educators as Jim Chapin, Steve Smith, Dom Famularo, Bill Bruford, Peter Magadini, and others.
Drummer/ percussionist/ composer Meg Thomas has performed in musical realms that range from rock to calypso, avant-garde to spoken word, Latin-jazz to punk, and dance ensembles to percussion ensembles. Her drum and percussion set-ups range from the traditional ideas to unique set-ups that incorporate a vast range of percussion instruments. She received her degree in Music from Millikin University and she founded and runs the Chicago Women’s Drumming Group. Meg is a Vic Firth Private Drum and Percussion Teacher, teaches lessons out of her studio in Chicago, and has been a panelist for education seminars and panels. In Meg’s solo music project she composes and records using percussion instruments exclusively, weaving together world flavored percussion pieces. In addition, she plays recording sessions, performs with an array of bands and ensembles, and has toured the U.S. and Europe. Meg won a Drummie in Drum! Magazine's 2010 Drummie Awards as runner-up "Rising Star Percussionist," was named “Musician of the Month” for January 2013 by the Chicago Music Guide, and is endorsed by Sabian Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks and Mallets, Evans Drumheads, LP Percussion, PureSound Percussion, and Humes & Berg Cases. www.MegThomasPercussion.com
Melena, born in Havana Cuba is a multi-talented percussionist and educator on Afro Cuban music history. She studied privately with the Conjunto Folklorico Nacional de Cuba and has toured and recorded with legendary artists such as: Barry White, Stevie Wonder, Julio Iglesias, Macy Gray, Chucho Valdes & Irakere, Francisco Aguabella, Lazaro Galarraga, Ray de La Paz, Chino Nunez, Peru Negro, Eva Ayllone, Oscar Hernandez and more. Melena conducst master classes nationally and internationally. In 2016, Melena recorded with Cuba’s national treasure Septeto Nacional de Ignacio Piñeiro, making history to be the first female instrumentalist to ever record and perform with the Septeto Nacional since their founding in 1927. Melena performs world-wide as an independent artist and also fronts her own Afro-Cuban jazz and salsa band. Melena is rightfully recognized as one of the most accomplished female percussionists within the Latin music community.
Born in Richmond, VA Michael started playing drums at age 5. He played in school bands from 5th grade thru high school marching band. We started our first garage band at 14 and by 16 were playing the club scene in RVA. A few years later I auditioned for a band called White Heat which is now FireHouse. We played for years up and down the east coast trying to get a record deal. Finally in 1989 we landed a deal with Epic Records. Our debut album sold over 2 million copies and spawned 4 Billboard Hot 100 hits. Firehouse has gone on to record 9 albums selling over 7 million worldwide, 7 Hot 100 hits and winning an American Music Award. We just celebrated our 25th Year Anniversary together and are still going strong as ever, playing all over the world. It's truly been a dream come true and an amazing career. I'm very proud and honored to say I have been with the LP family since the early 90's. Big thank you to LP for all their support over the years. It's been and still is a great ride!!!
University Of Texas At San Antonio, Ritmos Unidos
Michael Mixtacki is an active performer and educator at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Michael has directed the Percussion Ensemble, Afro-Cuban and Latin Jazz Ensembles at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL. He has also performed with several ensembles, including Ire Elese Abure in Chicago, IL, Ritmos Unidos in Bloomington, IN, and Grupo Balança and the Madison Symphony Orchestra in Madison, WI. He can be heard on two Grammy nominated recordings with Wayne Wallace and Michael Spiro, and on two CDs with Ritmos Unidos.
Michael & The Rockness Monsters, Preschool Of Rock
Michael Napolitano has created a blend of family music that is intelligent, full of humorous hooks, and drops slamming drum beats that will get your hips moving. The shows are packed with props, special effects, video and oodles of limitless energy. Michael is also the founder of Preschool of Rock LLC who visits thousands of children a week inspiring the next generations of music makers with their educational music programing for parents and schools.
Wayne Wallace, Latin Jazz Quintet, Conjunto Karabali
Michael Spiro is a ten-time Grammy nominee, and has produced seminal recordings in the Latin music genre such as “Canto América”, “BataKetu”, “BataMbira”, and “Grupo Ilu-Aña”. His performing and recording credits cover an array of internationally known artists: from such pop artists as David Byrne, Carlos Santana and Charlie Watts, to Latin music icons Eddie Palmieri, Israel Lopez (Cachao) and Richard Egues, to such jazz luminaries as Ella Fitzgerald, Bobby Hutcherson and McCoy Tyner. He also has an extended film score resume, and wrote several arrangements for the Tony award winning Broadway show BLAST! In addition to his academic position at Indiana University as Associate Professor of Percussion, Michael remains an extremely active performer and recording artist. His most recent CD “Canto America” is currently nominated for a Grammy in the Latin Jazz category. He co-leads one of the only remaining charanga groups in the United States, “Orquesta La Moderna Tradición”, and holds the conga drum chair in the internationally acclaimed and 2011, 2014 and 2015 Grammy nominated “Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet”.
World percussionist, Taraf de Locos, CALI2CUBA
Miguel "Miguelito" León is a touring and recording multi-percussionist/vocalist, educator, as well as CEO & Founder of CALI2CUBA, an organization dedicated to maintaining cultural exchange and preserving Afro-Cuban folkloric traditions. Living between Havana and California, Miguel is also collaborating with Juan Bencomo's community project "Rescate de Traditiones", as well as international representative for Cuban bata group Obini Ache. Miguel has had the pleasure to perform/record with artists such as: Wynton Marsalis and Lincoln Center Band, Ozomatli, Septeto Habanero, Bob Reynolds, Conjunto Chapottin, Los Rumberos de Cuba, Oscar Hernandez, Bob Mintzer, Luis Conte, El Son del Indio, Kenny Loggins, and most recently Taraf de Locos.
La Santa Cecilia
Miguel “Oso” Ramirez is the percussionist and one of the four founding members of the Grammy award-winning band La Santa Cecilia. LSC has placed Miguel at the forefront of a new “Bi-Cultural” movement in Latin music that has become a voice for new generations and the current music scene, a result of the hybridization of musical styles, language, and culture. With a total of seven records, 4 Grammy nominations, and several tours across the U.S. and Latin America, this local band from LA has quickly become a strong player in the international scene.
He has also performed, recorded, and shared the stage with Elvis Costello, Changuito, Ng la Banda, Neon Indian, Los Lobos, Fito Paez, Enrique Bunbury, Stevie Wonder, Ozomatli, Pepe Aguilar, among others. “Oso” as his friends and family call him, is also a member of the soul/funk band S.L.A.N.G Soul’love’n’Groove.
La Charanga Pachá
Considered one of the great Guiro players, Miguelito "Pachá" Pozo was born in Oriente, Cuba and came to the U.S. in 1958, at the age of three. In 1976, Pachá began to play with Orquesta Realidad. In 1980 Pachá started playing with the great flute player Jose Antonio Fajardo’s group Fajardo Y Sus Estrellas, until Fajardo’s death in 2001. Pachá rejoined the band playing guiro in 2002 under the direction of Fajardo, Jr. Pachá has shared the stage with many greats in Latin Music including Tito Puente, Machito, Larry Harlow, Tipica '73, Orquesta Broadway, Hector LaVoe, Charanga America, Tipica Novel, Adalberto Santiago and his Orchestra, Conjunto Libre, Johnny Pacheco, Ray Barretto, Pupi Lagaretta, Alfredo de la Fe, Dave Valentin, Javier Vasquez, Jose Alberto “El Canario”, Conjunto Clasico, Grupo Facinacion, Hector Casanova, and many others during his long career.
Pacha is currently out there keeping the Charanga tradition alive as the bandleader of La Charanga Pachá.
Richie Kotzen, Steve Stevens, The Sayers Club
Mike Bennett is an internationally recognized drummer, percussionist, producer and composer for many of today’s top stars as well as legends of the music industry. His tremendous musicality and high energy performances has led DRUM! Magazine to call him, “a full fledged chameleon, showing restraint or blasting chops when called for, with a clean sound, metronomic feel and a distinctly melodic soloing style.” Modern Drummer Magazine agrees saying that Bennett is, “on the fast track… a versatile drummer who has built a reputation as one of L.A.’s finest.” Crossing many contemporary and world genres, Bennett has performed and/or recorded with artists such as Hilary Duff, Richie Kotzen, Andra Day, Mary Mary, Alicia Keys, Bruno Mars, Sabrina Carpenter, Common, Slash, Stevie Wonder, Jamie Foxx, Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band and many others. TV appearances include The Tonight Show, Ellen, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Good Morning America and The Today Show. Off stage, Bennett is a composer for networks including NBC, ABC, FX, HISTORY, DISCOVERY, MTV, VH1, HGTV, DISNEY CHANNEL, A&E, BRAVO and LIFETIME. Co-Owner of Music Evolutions Studios, Mike actively records and composes for projects around the world in his Los Angeles recording studio.
Miley has been playing since early childhood, growing up with a "constant soundtrack" of Cream, Beatles, Steely San, and much more. His passion for Latin rhythms was awakened in university (CSU, Long Beach) when he heard the Samba Band play for the first time. Miley began his quest for more in studying with Dr Michael Carney, Chalo Eduardo, and the late Chuck Silverman. He performed with such acts as Santana, Ricky Martin, and Mickey Hart on percussion. Now, for eight years much of Miley's focus is on his own group, Rival Sons, where he's playing the full drum kit. His heart still lies in Brazilian, Cuban, and African rhythms.
Shawn Mendes, Camilla Cabello, Conor Maynard, Francesco Yates, and Cody Simpson
Toronto native Mike Sleath is one of Canada's brightest rising musicians touring the world with the likes of Shawn Mendes, Camilla Cabello, Conor Maynard, Francesco Yates, and Cody Simpson among others.
Mike has appeared on countless network television programs and award shows including Saturday Night Live, The American Music Awards, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Ellen, The Late Late Show with James Corden, and many more.
His innate ability to read an audience and deliver a dynamic live show has afforded Mike the opportunity to perform in the company of world renowned acts like Sting, Celine Dion, David Foster, Earth Wind and Fire, Green Day, One Republic, The Weekend, Justin Bieber, Ed Sheeran, Britney Spears, and many more.
Recently, Mike lent his talents to a studio recorded rock remix of Grammy nominated pop artist Katy Perry's hit single "I Kissed a Girl" and has been involved with live studio recordings with several developing and established artists from around the world.
Jason Mraz Raining Jane
Mona Tavakoli is a Los Angeles-based drummer and singer. While Mona is equally comfortable performing as a drummer and a percussionist, she is especially known for adapting the cajón to unexpected genres such as rock and pop. She has designed a signature instrument called The MT Box.
Mona started playing drums at age 11 and blossomed into a tenor drum star in her High School marching band. She began her professional musical career in 1999, when she helped form Raining Jane, an all-female rock band. Most recently, Mona and Raining Jane co-wrote and recorded YES! (Atlantic Records) with Jason Mraz. Mona and Mraz have been collaborating for nearly a decade. She tours worldwide with Mraz and they have performed together as a duo on programs such as The David Letterman Show, Ellen, Dancing with the Stars, and Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.
Mona has played with musicians such as Pat Benatar, Sara Bareilles, Andy Grammer, and Colbie Caillet. Mona cofounded Rock n’ Roll Camp For Girls Los Angeles, a nonprofit that encourages girls to find their voices through music during an intensive, weeklong summer day camp. Mona has been featured in DRUM!, Tom Tom Magazine and is the recipient of the 2016 She Rocks awards “Inspire Award” for her work with the Rock n’ Roll Camp for Girls.
Janis Siegel, Vinicius Cantuaria, Ulysses Ownes
Nanny Assis has played with amazing artists like Vinicius Cantauria, Eumir Deodato, and John Patitucci. Many other great places where Nanny has played and enchanted people of all walks are Jazz Standard, Red Rooster and Joe’s Pub, all in New York. In 1984, Nanny Assis participated in the Bahia Instrumental Festival. In 2011, he was the recipient of the prestigious Brazilian International Press Award as “Best Singer of the Year.” Hundreds of votes cast through the Internet earned Nanny the first stage in musical recognition with the Brazilian community around the globe. Nanny Assis has recorded three albums: "Honey & Air" with Janis Siegel “Brazilian Vibes,” with Arthur Lipner, and “Double Rainbow.” By Fabricio Silva, journalist.
Brian Wilson, The Beach Boys, The Narada Michael Walden Orchestra
Nelson Bragg has been Brian Wilson's percussionist/vocalist since 2003. He's recorded 8 albums and 5 DVD's with Brian and enjoyed 10 tours with his band. He also toured with the "1rst time in 25 years" reunited Beach Boys on their "Big 50 Anniversary World Tour" in 2012. Off the road Bragg produces recordings on Steel Derrick Music, a label dedicated to providing an outlet for exceptional writers and musicians. Nelson Bragg has two melodic-pop solo albums: "Day Into Night" and "We Get What We Want".
The "Monstrito" Percussionist started playing at a very young age and since then has never stopped the interest of playing profressionally. Oreste has played in many venues such as Lincoln Center Mid Summer Night Swing event, Summer Stage NY, Carnegie Hall, even out of the United States in places like the French Carribean, And Paris France just to name a few. Oreste Today, plays with many artists such as 7 time Grammy Nominee Bobby Sanabria with his Multiverse Big Band on Congas, 4 time Grammy Award winning Singer Willy Torres Y su Orquesta, Chris Washburne & The Syotos Band, & he is also a leader himself with his own band....Oreste "Kidd Ore" Abrantes Jr Y Su Orquesta!
Oscar was born in NY, raised in Puerto Rico and has been living in LA since 2004. Drummer and percussionist for Ill Niño, Ankla, Puya and Ortiz. Collaborations with Dave Lombardo and Thomas Lang. Ambassador of Latin Metal Drumming for more than 20 years. Oscar played with pop artists Ednita Nazario, Cristian Daniel, Tommy Torres, Plan B! And recently record KXM new record that is soon to be release! With Korn's drummer Ray Luzier , Dokken's Guitar player George Lynch & Kings X bass player singer Dug Pinnick!
Chino Nunez Orchestra, Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Cyndi Lauper, Paul Simon, Gilberto Santarosa, Tito Rodriguez Jr., Jerry Rivera, Eddie Montalvo, India
Pablo “Chino” Nunez – Established Professional Percussionist, Multi-Instrumentalist, Producer, Arranger, Composer, Recording Artist, Band Leader, and Educator, multiple GRAMMY, LATIN GRAMMY and BILLBOARD winner/nominee –- hundreds of productions to his credit, has performed/toured with a verifiable Who's Who, as well as with the critically acclaimed CHINO NUNEZ ORCHESTRA.
Performing for more than 25 years, Grammy nominee Paoli Mejías has distinguished himself as a master percussionist and is ranked among the best in both salsa and Latin jazz. Paoli is at the vanguard of Latin jazz as leader of his own Quintet with three successful CDs as band leader: "JAZZAMBIA", “Transcend” and “Mi Tambor” which received a Latin Grammy Award nomination for Best Latin Jazz Album. As a bandleader Paoli fuses straight-ahead jazz with African, Mediterranean and Caribbean folkloric rhythms to create a new dimension of Latin jazz that is global, energetic, and modern.
Paoli's resume includes top jazz and salsa artists like Tito Puente, Dave Samuels, Dave Valentín, Paquito d'Rivera, Chick Corea, David Sánchez and Danilo Pérez, Luis Enrique, Marc Anthony, La India, Tito Puente, Seis del Solar, and Eddie Palmieri with whom he toured the largest jazz festivals for more than a decade. Paoli's discography as side-man includes more than 20 commercial recordings, among them Grammy nominated "Acuarela de Tambores" by Alex Acuña, and Grammy Award winner "Masterpiece" by Eddie Palmieri and Tito Puente.
Since 2013 Paoli has had the honor of being part of the legendary Carlos Santana band.
Paul Picard trained under Louis Charbonneau at the Quebec Music Conservatory and won the Conservatory’s Premier Prix in Percussion in 1974. In the decades that followed, Picard explored virtually every ethnic, traditional and popular form of percussion, performing alongside everyone from classical virtuosi such as Itzhak Perlman to jazz greats Henry Mancini and Ella Fitzgerald. He has performed with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and Canadian bands with styles ranging from pop to Latin. For over 20 years, Picard has also performed with house bands on TV broadcasts; he has done a tremendous amount of studio work, recording with many of Quebec’s top artists, playing film music and providing percussion on hundreds of jingles. In 1981, Picard won a grant from the National Art Council of Canada to continue his exploration of ethnic and Latin percussion, and his studies eventually earned him a college teaching post at CEGEP Saint-Laurent in Quebec. From 1984 to 1986, Picard was a member of legendary jazz percussionist Don Alias’ band. After touring with Canadian star Roch Voisine in the early 1990s, Picard joined Celine’s band in 1995. Picard also writes music, and has composed 10 theater scores and one film score.
Independent/All 4 One
Born in Brownsville, TX , Paul now resides in Los Angeles where he is active as a performer, studio musician, and composer. He has had the honor of performing, touring, and or recording with many artists including: The Rembrandts, Chaka Khan, Nelly Furtado, All 4 One, Taylor Dane, Sheila E, Coolio, Rick Springfield, Wynonna Judd, Gloria Estefan, Jose Feliciano, Jon Secada, Tone Loc, Brian McKnight, Lonnie Jordan, DJ Kane, Nicho Hinojosa, Ziggy Marley, Shaila Durcal, and Paulina Rubio.
Paul has recorded and appeared on many albums, TV show cues, commercials, films, and live Television performances including: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, "In Performance" at the White House, The Latin Grammys, CD USA, MTV, The US Open, MUN2, Vina Del Mar, Nobel Peace Prize Concert, Hoy, Ritmo Internacional, and Conciertos Clandestinos. In between performances, Paul stays busy composing. His compositions have been featured on Univision, UPN show – 7 Days, CSI, CSI Miami, and the FOX show – Johnny Zero. Paul has three published works with Row-Loff Productions: Bump Thump, Blast Off, and Flying Start. Paul has a B.M. in Music Educationfrom Sam Houston State University, and a B.M. in Film Scoring from Berklee College of Music (Summa Cum Laude).
Ricky Martin, Angelique Kidjo, Paquito D'Rivera
Over the course of six years, with a myriad of performances across the globe, several studio projects as a sideman, television appearances, and contributions in Jazz, Pop, Latin, and World music, Two-time Grammy-Award Winning percussionist Paulo Stagnaro has established himself as an innovative voice in today's generation of creative young artists. Hailed by jazz great Ralph Peterson as "a young master percussionist," Stagnaro has been a force on the ever-evolving New York music scene since moving to Brooklyn, NY in 2012. Paulo has toured, performed and/or recorded with NEA Jazz master Paquito D'Rivera, Grammy-Winner Angelique Kidjo, Jazz Legend Dave Liebman, and formed part of the all-star rhythm section for Sting’s 25th Anniversary Rainforest Fundraiser at Carnegie Hall featuring James Taylor, Paul Simon, and Stephen Stills. He has been a part of international superstar Ricky Martin’s touring band since 2014. Stagnaro endorses Latin Percussion Instruments, Sabian Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks, and Remo Percussion Heads.
Pedrito Martinez Group
Pedro Pablo “Pedrito” Martinez was born in Havana, Cuba, Sept 12, 1973. Having settled in New York City in the fall of 1998, by 2000, he had been awarded the Thelonius Monk Award for Afro-Latin Hand Percussion and was featured in the documentary film, Calle 54. Pedrito has recorded or performed with Wynton Marsalis, Paul Simon, Paquito D’Rivera, Bruce Springsteen, and Sting and has contributed, as a percussionist and vocalist, to over 50 albums. Mr. Martinez was also a founding member of the highly successful, Afro-Cuban/Afro-Beat band, Yerba Buena, with which he recorded two albums and toured the world. Pedrito’s career as a leader began in 2005 with the formation in NYC of The Pedrito Martinez Group. The group’s Grammy-nominated first album was released October, 2013 and was chosen among NPR’s Favorite Albums of 2013 and The Boston Globe Critics Top Ten Albums of 2013. Habana Dreams, PMG’s second album, was released in June 2016. Guests include, Ruben Blades, Isaac Delgado, Wynton Marsalis, Descemer Bueno, Roman Diaz, Angelique Kidjo, and Telmary Diaz. Accolades for Habana Dreams include #1 Latin Jazz Album in NPR’s Jazz Critics Top Jazz Albums for 2016 and being named among Boston Globe World Music Albums for 2016.
Pete Escovedo Orchestra
Legendary Percussionist Pete Escovedo is an artist who broke down the barriers between Smooth Jazz, Salsa, Latin Jazz and contemporary music. With a career spanning over 50 years, Pete is known worldwide for his live performances, session work and solo albums.
Pete Escovedo and his Latin Jazz Orchestra have always been breaking new grounds when it comes to playing live music, bringing talented and well known musicians together to perform on stage. Their shows attract all ages, backgrounds and nationalities who come together to hear incredible music, the memory of which will last forever.
In addition to recording 8 acclaimed solo albums, 2 albums with his daughter Sheila E., as well as the Latina Familia live album with Sheila E. and Tito Puente, Pete has performed and toured with many great and respected artist, such as, Herbie Hancock, Mongo Santamaria, Bobby McFerrin, Cal Tjader, Woody Herman, Stephen Stills, Billy Cobham, Anita Baker, George Duke, Boz Scaggs, Andy Narell, Al Jarreau, Ray Obiedo, Dionne Warwick, Marlena Shaw, Barry White, Angela Bofill, Arturo Sandoval, Poncho Sanchez, Chick Corea, Dave Valentine, Najee, Gerald Albright, Prince, Carlos Santana and none other than the most gifted and respected person that we will always call family, the legendary Tito Puente.
Award winning musician Pete Lockett is one of the most versatile and prolific percussionists in the World today. With over 20 CDs under his own name, he’s also worked with Björk, Peter Gabriel, Robert Plant, Dido, Jeff Beck, Texas, Nelly Furtado, Primal Scream, Damien Rice, Errol Brown, Rory Gallagher, Simon Phillips, Pet Shop Boys, and many more. He recorded all the ethnic percussion on five 007 films & many other Hollywood hits. He’s lectured Worldwide, including The Royal College London, Shanghai Conservatoire, Berklee School Boston & The Royal Academy in London. He’s published hundreds of technique articles in magazines worldwide, inc MODERN DRUMMER, DRUMMER MAG & UK RHYTHM, as well as magazines in South Africa, Australia, Italy & Poland. His book, ‘Indian rhythms for the drum set’ (Hudson) is the first book of its kind covering Indian rhythms on drum set. Pete has also released a best selling percussion app called DrumJam. He continues to tour the world extensively as a soloist.
Peter Michael Escovedo III, Two time Emmy nominated Producer and Musical Director has earned recognition not only as a percussionist, but a producer, singer, songwriter, and television personality. Peter Michael (named after his father, percussionist and original member of Santana…Pete Escovedo) has contributed in countless world tours, recordings and television production. He's created, directed, and produced television shows, written music for film, theme songs for television, composed, arranged, and produced music for various artists.
Independent Cello Samba Trio Eliane Elias Quartet
Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Rafael Barata is a self-taught drummer/percussionist, started to playing at the age of 5. Rafael has played and recorded with many impressive artists such as Emilio Santiago, Rosa Passos, Kenny Barron, Edu Lobo, Jaques Morelenbaum, Esperanza Spalding, Milton Nascimento, Toots Thielemans, Eliane Elias and many others. Rafael worked on Eliane’s Grammy award winning album, Made in Brazil.
David Sanborn, The Voice, Christina Aguilera,
Concerts, sessions, festivals and television: Ramon Yslas is one of modern music’s most accomplished percussionists. From his world tours with platinum artists including David Sanborn,Paul Stanley, Jennifer Lopez,Christina Aguilera, Colbie Caillat and Patti Labelle to network appearances with Stevie Nicks, Prince, Ricky Martin, Martina McBride, Carlos Santana and many more, Yslas is distinguished by his intuitive musicality and consummate professionalism.
Hands On’Semble, Studio/Independent, Educator
A protégé of percussion vanguard John Bergamo and longtime student of tabla maestro Swapan Chaudhuri, Randy Gloss is a percussionist whose diverse background studying and performing across several modalities of hand drums, contemporary percussion, and drum set has led to involvement in many innovative ensembles. A founding member of the internationally renown percussion group Hands On’Semble; Randy has also worked extensively with Adam Rudolph, Larry Karush, Lian Ensemble; as well as with Ziggy Marley (on the Grammy winning album Fly Rasta), L. Shankar, Chitravina Ravikiran, Jovino Santos Neto, Miroslav Tadic and Vlatko Stefanovski, Damian Draghici, Ardeshir Rohani, David Hykes, Nicole Mitchell, and many more; and has also recorded extensively for film, TV, video game soundtracks, sample libraries, and several acclaimed theater productions. Randy teaches at CalArts, where he is the Chair of the World Music Performance Programs, and also directs the World Percussion Program.
Ray has recorded with & toured the world as a member of the multi platinum selling, Grammy Award winning band KoRn, since 2007. Before that, Ray recorded & toured with David Lee Roth, Army Of Anyone, Billy Sheehan & many others. He has played on over 80 records & has performed thousands of shows. Follow Ray here: Instagram.com/RayLuzierKorn, Twitter.com/RayLuzier1, Facebook.com/RayLuzierOfficial
Soltron, La Orquesta Moderna Tradición,CongaMasterClass.com, Rumbache, Samba Rio
Remi Spiro is a multi-percussionist and educator specializing in popular and folkloric music from Cuba. He was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he grew up studying and performing music alongside and under the mentorship of acclaimed Bay Area Latin musicians. He received a BA in Ethnomusicology at UCLA in 2012 and has since returned to the Bay Area where he spends most of his musical endeavors on his band Soltron, a collective that fuses Afro-Latino music with diverse elements such as hiphop, funk, rock, and electronic music. The band’s music addresses social issues like gentrification and the displacement of communities while also preserving Bay Area musical and cultural traditions. Under the Soltron banner, Remi has performed at the Great American Music Hall, the San Jose Jazz Festival, and has shared the stage with the likes of Ozomatli, David Calzado y Charanga Habanera, and The John Santos Sextet.
The Creative Percussion Workshow, Renato Martins Trio
The Brazilian world-class percussionist Renato Martins, from Sao Paulo, is described as an innovator of Brazilian percussion and is considered one of the most internationally respected percussionists in the world. Renato Martins continuously creates new techniques for traditional instruments such as the Udu and the Cajon. He has played beside some big names of the Brazilian popular and instrumental music scenes like Duda Neves, Sergio Sa, Moacyr Luz, Sa & Guarabyra, Tom Da Terra, Paulo Moura, & Andre Geraissati. He created the Boris Gaquere & Renato Martins guitar and percussion duo where they have played worldwide. As a solo percussionist, Renato has participated at the Catalunyan International Percussion festival in Barcelona, Spain, the Batuka! Brasil International Drum Festival, in Brazil, the Taipei International Percussion Convention, in Taiwan, among others and toured the US and Canada as the percussionist for Cirque Du Soleil’s show called OVO from 2009 to 2010.
Norman Connors, The Isely Brothers, The Jazz Crusaders
Ricardo Caciano Wilkins is an accomplished Latin music artist, most notably playing the Bongos. Wilkins has played with Norman COnnors, Wayne Henderson, The Crusaders, A Taste of Honey, The Isley Brothers, Doc Powell, Barry White and Diana Ross.
Rich Redmond is a top call recording drummer/percussionist based in Nashville and Los Angeles. Rich has toured/recorded/performed with Jason Aldean, Ludacris, Kelly Clarkson, Bryan Adams, Bob Seger, Chris Cornell, Joe Perry, Jewel, Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Florida Georgia Line, and many others. Rich has played drums and percussion on 20 #1 singles with sales well over the 20 million mark. Rich began playing drums at age 8 and eventually played in the prestigious 1:00 Lab Band at The University of North Texas. Rich is 2016’s “Country Drummer of The Year” in Modern Drummer Magazine and was voted “Best Country Drummer” and “Clinician” by both Modern Drummer and Drum! Magazines for several years.
Barry Gibb, Roberto Carlos, Juanes
No one embodies the true spirit of artistic passion the way Venezuelan-born Percussionist Richard Bravo does as evident from his ardent performances and numerous recordings.
Aware that education was the foundation for his future Richard upon graduating from high school enrolled at the distinguished FULL SAIL Academy in Orlando, Florida and graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Engineering.
His impeccable and precise musicianship has awarded him a body of work that encompasses over 1000 recordings, 2 Grammy Statues and 34 Grammy Award Achievement Certificates. From recording and appearing on International Superstars like La Ley,Ricky Martin and Juanes MTV “Unplugged” releases, to creating the incredible rhythms of the Multi-Platinum “Hips Don’t Lie” and “Chantaje”by Shakira, and the recent ROBERTO CARLOS “LIVE at ABBEY ROAD” DVD Release by Sony Music.
Richard was especially honored to appear and record the Barry Gibb/Barbara Streisand C/D release which reunited these two musical giants and continues to record and tour with Barry on his first ever “One Man Solo” tour which is entitled” MYTHOLOGY” that just completed a World Tour run to stellar reviews.
Richard also recently completed recording BARRY GIBB’s New Release entitled “IN THE NOW” and will be Touring with BARRY GIBB into 2018.
Like most drummers, the drums found Richard—he had no choice. He’s looked upon them with a fervent awe from as far back as he can remember.
Keith Moon was the first drummer who caught his attention, followed by the raw fiery passions of drummers such a John Bonham, Mitch Mitchell and Ginger Baker. Richard has toured internationally with Wishbone Ash guitarist Jamie Crompton, has played in Sunking with the likes of Bass legend Rudy Sarzo and Guitar great John 5, as well as the Poorboys.
After a hiatus to raise a family took precedence, Richard Danielson is now back in the game with Vintage Trouble. Commonly described as Otis Redding meets Led Zeppelin, this primitive soul/rock n roll band has been touring internationally for the better part of six years now, both headlining and opening for the likes of The Who, AC/DC, Bon Jovi, Brian May, Lenny Kravitz and The Rolling Stones just to name a few. They’ve recorded two records and one EP, and have recently signed to Blue Note Records under the helm of Don Was, who produced their latest record 1 Hopeful Rd.
Richie Gajate-Garcia has conducted more than 450 clinics and remains one of the most in demand educators and clinicians. He is the author of “Play Cajon Now: The Basics and Beyond and is currently teaching at Musician’s Institute. Garcia has recorded and/or performed with Christopher Cross, Sting and Phil Collins, as well as worked on film scores for Jennifer Lopez' new film "Maid in Manhattan". He has toured with Diana Ross, Don Henley, Patti LaBelle, and Hiroshima. "I constantly look for new sounds," he says, "and I'm not completely partial to any one instrument, which I feel adds color and appeal to my playing". Richie knows that percussion was a natural career choice for him. "I'm Puerto Rican, and percussion instruments are found all throughout our culture." Richie made the decision to play music full time while attending college at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago. Richie's main influences were his father (a percussionist with The Xavier Cugat Orchestra), Armando Peraza, Monchito Munoz (timbalero with Tito Rodriguez), Changuito, Candido Camero and Giovanni Hidalgo. Richie collaborated with LP to create the popular Gajate Bracket and the RIchie Gajate-Garcia Signature Series Congas, Bongos and Djembe.
Alexander O Neal
Robert skins Anderson is percussionist from the UK, he has played with some of the biggest artists in the UK and us. currently he is the featured percussionist on Alexander o Neals tour. He has also been on countless tv shows and tours with Chic featuring Nile Rodgers, Phillip bailey of Earth Wind and Fire, Jimmy Cliff, Emeli Sande, Brian may, Sister Sledge, Roy Ayers, Westlife, Sly and Robbie and many more. He is the featured percussionist on the Emeli Sande live at the royal albert hall DVD and Alexander o Neal live at the hammersmith odeon DVD’s. A couple of years ago I got to work in the studio with my favourite artist in the world Mr Stevie Wonder, so I am proud to fly the flag for LP, THE BEST PERCUSSION INSTRUMENTS IN THE WORLD
Born in Havana, Cuba, Rodney Barreto comes from a family with a deep musical tradition. He has worked with great artists such as The Chucho Valdes Quintet, Omara Portuondo, Alexander Abreu & Habana d’ Primera, Luis Salinas, Javier Colina, the Elmer Ferrer Band, Havana Fax, Carhabana, Roberto Carcaces , The German Velasco’s Group, Isaac Delgado, Pasaje Abierto, Los Primos, Charanga Tipica, and the Nicholas Frize Project
Playing with Salsa Maestra Orchestra, accompanying renowned Salsa singers as Ray Sepulveda, Maelo Ruiz, Mayito Rivera, among others. Giving private lessons and working on different workshops projects.
Rodrigo started his music career at age fourteen in Salvador, Brazil. He studied at the Music Conservatory of the Federal University in Bahia and with master percussionist, the late Frank Malabe. Constantly traveling from Brazil to Chile, he was the pioneer of the batucadas in Chile. He co-founded the first Salsa band in Bahia, called Rumbahiana. He is credited to be one of the first percussionists to introduce bata drums in Brazil.
During his more than 30 years career, Rodrigo has played and recorded with many artists in Chile, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Uruguay, Portugal, France and Spain including Daniela Mercury, Adalberto Santiago, "El Negro" Rada, Carlinhos Brown, Ibrahim Ferrer Jr., Ray Sepulveda, Mayito Rivera, David Pavon, Maelo Ruiz, Gabino Pampino, Maonolo Lezcano, Charlie Cardona to name a few. In 2001, Rodrigo became Master Professor for the Percussion Department at Arcis University developing the curriculum map, in 2006 was appointed Percussion Professor for the Music Program at University of Chile. He has also performed workshops in Chile, Brazil and Dominican Republic for Latin Percussion. Rodrigo has participated in music festivals around the world; Montreux Jazz Festival, Buenos Aires Jazz Festival, PercPan, Madrid Jazz Festival and Vina del Mar Festival.
The Dizzy Gillespie Afro Cuban Experience.
Roger is a highly successful studio percussionist having recorded well over 100 albums, with such Artists as, Smokey Robinson, Luther Vandross, The Rolling Stones, Blondie, Spyro Gyra, Suzanne Vega, Grover Washington, The O’jays, Marc Anthony, k.d. Lang, among many others.He has performed with a virtual who’s who in the music business including: Phil Collins, Vanessa Williams, Luther Vandross, Jennifer Lopez, Chaka Khan, Whitney Houston, Gladys Knight, Willie Nelson, Cyndi Lauper, Stevie Wonder, Anita Baker, Steve Winwood, Herbie Mann, Christopher Cross, Andreas Bocelli, Ron Carter, Al Dimeola to name a few. Engagements have included playing percussion for Broadway shows such as: "The Civil War, "BKLYN the Musical"; "The Big Deal , “Chronicle of a Death Foretold”, “Tarzan”, “Burn The Floor”, Priscilla Queen of the Desert”, “ Motown The Musical “.
Roger also Collaborated with Cirque Du Soleil in two New York City productions “Wintuk” and “Banana Shpeel . TV performances include: BET Honors, The Apollo 70th year Anniversary Show, The Kennedy Center Awards,The Tonight Show, David Letterman, Good Morning America,The Today Show, American Music Awards,The View, Rosie O’Donnell,Conan O'Brien Since 2014 Roger has played with The Dizzy Gillespie Afro Cuban Experience.
"Dancing with the Stars" "Diana Ross"
Roland Gajate-Garcia is a dynamic and versatile multi percussionist and drummer with current credits including the "Dancing with the Stars" house band, the 65th annual Emmy Awards band, "The Voice" and the "American Idol" house band. Roland has performed and toured worldwide with such artists as Stevie Wonder, Gloria Estefan, Diana Ross, Bruno Mars, Jennifer Lopez, , Patti Labelle, , Frankie Valli, and international pop singer, Googoosh.
Roland was born and raised in the Los Angeles area and is the son of renowned percussionist/teacher/inventor Richie Gajate-Garcia. Roland earned his bachelor's degree in music at California State University at Northridge. He has taught world wide clinics including the world famous PASIC drum convention and has also taught at the Los Angeles Music Academy in Pasadena.
Ron Powell is a skilled percussionist, accomplished musician and exciting performer who has toured the world since 1978 and has worked with over a hundred great artists, the most notable being, Madonna, Kenny G., Diana Ross, Sergio Mendes and Brian Hughes.
Through his experience with Sergio, Ron learned the intricacies of Brazilian percussion and he is also considered a top Afro-Latin percussionist. This is apparent by the diverse artist he has worked with that includes: Tania Maria, Oscar Castro-Neves, Gilberto Gil, Ivan Lins, Djavan, Samba School Villa Isabelle, Santana, El Chicano, Miami Sound Machine, Earth Wind & Fire, Black Eyed Peas, Rascal Flatts as well as his own band, L.A. Samba and countless others. As an educator Ron wrote the instructional book “Conga Drums”.
Ron's versatility and showmanship have made him one of the most sought after percussionists in the world and we are proud that he has been an LP since the beginning of his magnificent career.
Saeed Saremi was born on February 3, 1981 in an artistic family. Since childhood he showed special interest for the percussion instruments. He started taking Tombek lessons from his father when he turned ten years old. Six years later he began expanding his skills and practicing with different Latin and African percussion instruments such as congas, cajon, djembe, udu,darbuka and timbales…
Meanwhile Saeed also obtained his bachelor degree in computer science.
Saeed has performed alongside of many famous Persian singers in some of Tehran’s most prestigious musical theaters. During these years he has played in variety of bands such as pop, fusion, traditional, jazz, and Latin.
He enjoys mixing music of different countries and creating a new style of his own. Performing in the famous Darrkoob band allowed him to incorporate the Azerbaijani, Armenian, and Arabic music and creating a very unique and original style.
Besides teaching percussion in reputable musical academy institute of Pars, Saeed has been working on releasing his latest album.
Sammy Perez is a percussionist and educator well versed in indigenous, popular and musical style. Following his education, Sammy began playing with the likes of Luis Enrique, orq. La Solucion, Camilo Azuquita, Gilberto Santarosa, Domingo Quinones and now Son de Barrio de Puerto Rico. Parallel to his performing career is one educator. Sammy has worked within the Puerto Rican Department of education, teaching for 28 years in the Middle School Conservatory of Music , Libre de Musica, in Mayaguez. He has created and thriving percussion ensemble.
Scott Pellegrom Trio
Whether he's dubbed a mad scientist or a magician on drums, one thing is certain: Scott Pellegrom is an adrenalized, world-class percussionist with unmatched passion for his music and unrivaled admiration from his peers.
Weapons of Mass Percussion, Independent
Scott’s performance credits include The Rippingtons, Billboard Latin Artist of the Year Cristian Castro, Grammy Award winners Aretha Franklin & Angélica María, Eric Marienthal, Angélica Vale, Scott Cossu, Paul Taylor, and Israeli legend Matti Caspi. Scott also founded Weapons of Mass Percussion™, a creative organization dedicated to delivering an innovative and imaginative variety of rhythm and sound to all aspects of media, integrating both ethnic and contemporary percussion with cutting-edge uses of electronica, music design, percussive DJ’ing, and international movement and dance.
A world-class drummer, percussionist, singer, songwriter, entertainer, author, humanitarian, mentor and actress—Sheila E. is an iconic public figure who has been driven by a steadfast inner rhythm since the day she was born. She is not just one of the best female drummers, but one of the best drummers of all time. When Sheila gave her first public performance at the age of 5 with her father, Pete Escovedo, there was no doubt in her mind that she was going to be a percussionist. She is a household name as a singer-songwriter, entertainer, and true celebrity. Her iconic hit, “The Glamorous Life” made the U.S. top 10 and that album combined her Latin, jazz, R&B, pop, and rock influences to create a unique style that paved the way for Sheila’s amazing career that has spanned 5 decades. A musical powerhouse, Sheila has worked with some of the most influential musical acts including Ringo Starr, Marvin Gaye, Prince, Beyoncé, Herbie Hancock, Diana Ross, Lionel Richie, Gloria Estefan, George Duke, and more. She’s recorded 7 solo albums, acted in several films, and pursued philanthropic projects that are near to her heart. These include co-founding the Elevate Hope Foundation and Elevate Oakland.
Shirazette's Sonic Wallpaper Ensemble, The Allan Harris Group , The Gabriel Alegria Afro-Peruvian Sextet, Camille Thurman Quartet, Mimi Jones Band, Tia Fuller Quartet
Shirazette Tinnin - Bio Drummer, educator, band leader, clinician, author and health coach, Shirazette Tinnin was born and raised in North Carolina. Her earlier influences gospel musical would eventually expand into jazz, soul, music from many parts of the african diaspora, and rock. A graduate of Appalachian State University, and Shirazette studied with Todd Right, Dr. Rob Falvo, Rick Dilling, and Scott Meister. She studied/mentored by drummers Cindy Blackman, Lewis Nash, Terri Lynne Carrington, Ernie Adams and more. Shirazette received a full scholarship for drum set and jazz pedagogy to attend Northern Illinois University, where she studied with professor Ron Carter. As a recipient of The Sisters in Jazz Collegiate All -Stars for IAJE (International Association of Jazz Educators) Award in 2008, she also taught as a professor at Columbia College in Chicago. Currently Shirazette resides in New York City but is frequently on tour with premiere bands such as The Tia Fuller Quartet, the Mimi Jones Band, Nicole Mitchell’s Black Earth Ensemble, Women of the World Ensemble, Gabriel Alegria Afro Peruvian Sextet, Allan Harris Group, Camille Thurman, and many others in addition to leading her own group, “Shirazette and Sonic WallPaper Ensemble”. (formerly known as The Shirazette Experiment). She has two albums of her own works available worldwide. Shirazette was recently the house drummer for The Meredith Vieira Talk Show with her 1st season on NBC in 2015. Shirazette is an active clinician, educator, mentor, composer a certified personal trainer and published author. Two of her articles were published in Modern Drummer Magazine and Tom Tom Magazine. Shirazette is endorsed by Canopus Drums, Vic Firth, LP, and Sabian.
M People, Soul II Soul, Nightmares On Wax
Andrew Lovell aka “Shovell” is probably best known as being a member of the multi platinum and award winning band M People. He is renowned as one of the best percussionist’s around, and Shovell has also performed and recorded with such names as Sting, Primal Scream, The Chemical Brothers, Boy George, Dame Evelyn Glennie and Soul II Soul to name just a few. Shovell also regularly plays percussion along side some of the worlds top DJ's in some of the worlds best venues. He has been a regular in Ibiza since 1990 and a major player for Defected Records party's since 2005 The journey continues
Jamiroquai, Critical Mass
Sola Akingbola is percussionist/band member of the internationally acclaimed group Jamiroquai. He also leads his own funky roots band Critical Mass. In 2016 he composed the music and performed in the production of Hamlet at the Royal Shakespeare Company in the UK. He is currently recording for the new Jamiroquai album, due for release in 2017.
Stevie Wonder, Christina Aguilera, NKOTB
Stanley Randolph, has become one of the most in-demand and highly respected drummers of tour time, gaining the attention of music icons and legends such as Stevie Wonder, New Kids on the Block, Back Street Boys, Christina Aguilera, as well as several members of the Jackson family. Stanley is a veteran of the music industry and boasts one of the most impressive resumés around. He is continually building on his style and sound due to his vast music understanding and knowledge. Stanley has an uncanny ability to capture legendary grooves and signature styles which is why he is so highly regarded in the music world.
Most feel that the true beauty in Stanley’s playing is his ability to show off his incredible talent while still maintaining the integrity of the song, and without stepping on the toes of the other musicians; an art-form that is often lost in the modern-day styles of drumming. Stanley boasts a vast range of musical styles from funk and fusion to afro- cuban and pop.
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Eric Clapton, Average White Band
Steve Ferrone has played with Tom Petty & TheHeartbreakers for the past 24 years, Since the recording of the iconic Wildflowers album. He has made a name for himself not only as a band member, playing with such varied, and notable performers as AWB, Eric Clapton, and Duran Duran, but also as a World class studio musician playing drums, and percussion on many notable recordings. He now resides in Los Angeles, and continues to travel the world recording, and playing live concerts.
Born and raised in Los Angeles Bread and spread across the world - janes addiction started and 1986- infectious grooves 1991 - porno for Pyro's 1993 - banyan 1994 - methods of mayhem 1999 - panic channel 2001 - Summermoon is my newest collaboration -five Grammy nominations -MTV award winner -star on the Hollywood blv. walk of fame -hands at the Guitar Center Rockwalk -nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - I like to play drums - have a beautiful wife and a great son and I love dogs -bam bam & Animal were my first influences
Steve Fidyk Parlour Project
Jazz drummer Steve Fidyk has earned national and international acclaim as the drummer and featured soloist with the Army Blues Jazz Ensemble. A long time student of jazz drumming legend Joe Morello, Steve serves on the jazz studies faculty at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and as a consultant for Jazz at Lincoln Center's Essentially Ellington Program. As a columnist, Fidyk contributes regularly to Modern Drummer Magazine, and Teaching Music Magazine.
One of the most influential drummers of all time, Steve Gadd set a new standard in drumming. Recording legendary drum tracks like; " Aja"," Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover", “Late in the Evening” and "Nite Sprite", there is no drummer alive today who in some way has not been effected by Steve Gadd. His influence very much felt and can be heard in the playing countless drummers. Still, to this day there is no one who has a “feel” quite like the great Steve Gadd.
Steve has worked with such musicians as Chick Corea, Donald Fagen and Walter Becker, Aretha Franklin, Carley Simon, Bob James, Nancy Wilson, Joe Cocker, Al DiMeola, Gato Barbieri, George Benson, Stanley Clarke, Steely Dan, Maynard Ferguson, Roberta Flack, Jim Hall, Eric Clapton, and of course, Paul Simon. Steve continues to be as in-demand as ever with no sign of slowing down. He is busy in the studio and on the road, as well as touring with the Steve Gadd Band. His feel, sound, creativity and technical abilities are the signatures of his trademark “Gadd” sound and we are honored to be able to offer part of that sound with the Steve Gadd Signature cowbell.
Roy Ayers, Asiabeat, Gato Barbieri, Harry Belafonte
At the tender age of seven, Steve heard Mongo Santamaria playing Herbie Hancock's "Watermelon Man". He was so inspired by the legendary drummer that he taught himself to play the congas by listening to the album over and over again. In 1968, Steve formed his first group, THE YOUNG EXPLOSIVES, a 4 piece Latin-jazz ensemble. They performed on local television station Channel 5's "Inside Bedford- Stuyvesant" and appeared in school talent shows and at the Appollo Theatre. In 1969, Steve met Mongo Santamaria at Club Beacon on 111 Street and Lennox Avenue. When he told Mongo how much he admired him, Mongo challenged Steve to play congas with his band. His first professional appearance was with Jon Lucien's 1972 national tour. He played for the Brazilian band of pianist Dom Salvador and percussionist Dom Um Romao and than went on to become the conga player for Harry Belafonte. Never one to set still, Steve has since performed live and made recordings with some of the most well known jazz artist in the world including Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Roy Ayers, Grover Washington Jr., McCoy Tyner, Herbie Hancock, Sadao Watanabe, Tania Maria and David Sanborn. Steve is now arranging, composing and producing his own blend of music, incorporating and expanding on everything he has learned in his musical sojourn.
Versatile drummer/percussionist Suzanne Morissette has performed and recorded with elite artists in nearly every musical genre – from jazz to pop, classical, R & B, rock and gospel. As a master’s level graduate of the prestigious Quebec Conservatory of Music and honors graduate of Hollywood’s Percussion Institute of Technology, Suzanne has traveled the globe appearing at major jazz festivals and performing with some of today’s biggest headline stars.
Dianne Reeves Group, Stefon Harris & Blackout, Christian Mcbride Band
Terreon “Tank” Gully performs, tours and records extensively with a variety of artists. From jazz legends and modern masters to the hottest hip hop icons, Terreon has worked with the best: Kurt Elling, David Sanborn, Nicholas Payton, Kenny Barron, the Stones Project, Sting, Queen Latifa, Yerba Buena, Charlie Hunter, Abbey Lincoln, Marc Cary, Russell Gunn, Lizz Wright, Jacky Terrasson, Eldar, Me’Shell NdegeOcello, Lauryn Hill, Mos Def, and Common as well as a host of other artists.
Billy Ocean, Fania All-Stars, Roberta Flack, George Benson, Laura Nyro, Barry Miles
Terry Silverlight began his recording career at age 14, playing drums on Barry Miles’s pioneering jazz/fusion album White Heat. Since then, as drummer and percussionist, Terry’s performed worldwide and recorded on gold and platinum albums for artists including The Fania All -Stars, David Matthews’s Super Latin/Jazz, Billy Ocean, Roberta Flack, George Benson, Miguel Cantilo, Jose Jose, Alejandro Lerner, Natalie Merchant, Tom Jones, Laura Nyro, Anne Murray, Mel Torme and many film soundtracks, jingles and TV shows.
Terry has released solo artist albums which he composed and produced the music for, drum instruction books and videos, and has been a featured artist at clinics including The Johnny Pacheco Latin Music and Jazz Festival at Lehman College, PASIC, Sam Ash and Brooklyn College.
Unity, The Latin Tribute To Michael Jackson
Tony Succar has worked with artists Arturo Sandoval, Néstor Torres, Tito Nieves, La India, Obie Bermudez, Jennifer Peña, Tito Puente Jr., and Marc Anthony among others. Succar’s compositions emphasize combinations of syncopation, harmonic curiosity, rhythmic uniformity, and tasteful melodies. Assembling an exceptional production team and featured artists, Tony Succar has created The UNITY Project, featuring more than 100 musicians such Latin superstars as Tito Nieves, Jon Secada, and India, and the mixing magic of Jackson’s legendary engineer Bruce Swedien.
Recording Artist, LeAnn Rimes, LA Sessions, Aftermath Entertainment
Trevor Lawrence Jr. was born to Lynda Lawrence (formerly of the Supremes) and Trevor Lawrence Sr. (Writer/Producer/Saxophonist). Both of Trevor’s parents were original members of Stevie Wonder’s Wonderland Band. Trevor’s Grandfather Ira Tucker is certified as one of the Forefathers of Gospel Music. “Trev Beats” a name given to Trevor while shooting a pilot to a T.V. show with Famed Actor Cedric The Entertainer, began playing drums at the young age of two. Following in the footsteps of his parents, Music is all Trevor knows. Trevor has since gone on to work with and produce for some of the biggest names in music such as, Herbie Hancock, Dr. Dre, Leann Rimes, Macy Gray, Stevie Wonder, Boys II Men, Peter Himmelman, Terri Lewis and Jimmy Jam, Stanley Clarke, 7 Aurelius, Lionel Richie, Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys, Scott Storch, Terrace Martin, Mike Elizondo, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Hans Zimmer, Anthony Hamilton, Lianne La Havas, Euge Groove, YG, Banks, Charlotte OC, and Daye Jack to name a few.
Major Mambo The Conga And Bongo Drum In Jazz, Jazz Nights
Trevor Salloum is well known internationally as a musician and music educator who specializes in Afro-Cuban and Jazz drumming. He has taught at universities, colleges and schools for over 30 years. He studied music at Notre Dame University, Banff School of Fine Arts and is a graduate of York University. He is a best selling author with international publisher Mel Bay Publications Inc. and has produced numerous books, CDs, DVDs and videos on drumming.
New Century Jazz Quintet Ulysses Owens Jr. & Friends Jazz at Lincoln Center Collective Kurt Elling Quintet Joey Alexander Trio
Ulysses Owens Jr. is an artist “who takes a backseat to no one” – The New York Times – seems to describe his remarkable ascent as one of today’s premier drummers, or perhaps, his evolution as a drummer, producer educator, and entrepreneur. Owens has established himself as a leader in his generation of jazz artists, admired for his sensitive, fiery and complex playing, vivid display of textural nuance, and a gift for propelling a band with charisma and integrity. Both humble in person and imposing behind a kit, he is a graduate of the inaugural Jazz Studies Program at The Juilliard School, and a two-time Grammy® Award winner. Ulysses received his first Grammy® in 2010 for his performance on Kurt Elling's "Dedicated To You", and his second Grammy® for the Christian McBride Big Band album "The Good Feeling." In addition to the two Grammy® Awards, he has also received four Grammy® nominations for his work with Christian McBride Trio and Joey Alexander. He has also been honored with a 2015 Jazz At Lincoln Center Swing Award, 2014 Global Music Award, 2013 and 2014 ASCAP Plus Awards. He was also designated a 2014, and 2016 Downbeat Magazine, “ Rising Drum Star”. He is also Artistic Director of his family’s non-profit organization, “Don’t Miss A Beat”, and has recently joined the Faculty at The Juilliard School as part of their Jazz Studies Department. He continues touring extensively and remains in demand for new projects.
Steve Morse, Enrique Iglesias, Nena
Van’s career has been all about diversity. From tracking the eclectic music of Steve Morse and Bernie Worrell to laying down grooves for today’s biggest stars Van has kept himself busy with a mixture of touring, recording and live performances with Enrique Iglesias, Pitbull, Ciara, Nicole Scherzinger, Ludacris, Naughty By Nature, Steve Vai, Vinnie Moore, Juan luis Guerra, Nena, Billy Joel, Joan Osborne, Blood, Sweat and Tears, Kansas, the The Dixie Dregs, Deep Purple, the London Symphony Orchestra, Jaco Pastorius and many more.
Bronx Conexión Latin Jazz Big Band, Lehman College
Victor Rendón is a performer, educator, author, and veteran of the New York City Latin music scene. He has worked as a sideman with Mongo Santamaria, Chico O’Farrill, Carlos "Patato" Valdés, Ray Santos Orchestra, Latin Jazz Coalition, The "New" Xavier Cugat Orchestra, Grupo Latin Vibe, Los Mas Valientes, Wilson “Chembo” Corniel, and many others. Rendón has had a lengthy career teaching instrumental music and Latin percussion in the New York City. Presently, Rendón is an adjunct lecturer at Lehman College in the Bronx where he directs the Lehman Latin-Jazz Ensemble, gives privates lessons, and also directs the Lehman World Percussion Ensemble. Victor also leads the Bronx Conexión Latin Jazz Big Band
Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, Dave Samuels & The Caribbean Jazz Project
5-time Grammy Award Winner, Vince Cherico, is the drummer for top Artists in the jazz and world music scenes. In 1995, Vince became the next drummer with Ray Barretto’s Sextet, developing his reputation in Latin Jazz, touring and recording 6 CD’s, earning 2 Grammy Nominations. In 1999 Vince performed with The Caribbean Jazz Project, developing lasting musical relationships with Paquito D’Rivera and Dave Samuels. In 2003 he became a member of The Caribbean Jazz Project, touring the world. In 2004 Vince became the next drummer for Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra (ALJO), performing at Lincoln Center and on tour. In 2009, Vince toured with vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater, with notable performances including Carnegie Hall, the Monterey Jazz Festival and an NPR broadcast “Live at The Kennedy Center”.
Vince continues to perform with ALJO after their departure from Jazz at Lincoln Center with world tours, and shows in NYC at Birdland & Symphony Space. Vince has won 3 Grammy’s with ALJO, 1 with The Chico O’Farrill Big Band and 1 with Mister G. Besides performing with many other artists; Vince is also on the faculty of The Columbia University Jazz Program and Drummers Collective.
currently with Chicago since 2012 www.chicagotheband.com past-Santana,Steve Winwood,Robbie Robertson, Joe Sample,Lindsey Buckingham,David Lindley, Jackson Browne, Sergio Mendes t
Born in Cuba, raised in Puerto Rico, and culminating his musical style in the U.S., Wally (Walfredo Jr.) learned the traditions from the master, his father Walfredo Sr. He married those principles with his love of the drum set, coming up with his own truly global rhythmic style. Simply put, Wally is able to sound like a drummer and a percussionist at the same time. Add blistering chops and a penchant for playing unusual patterns to the mix, and you have only a small idea of what this man can do. Not surprisingly, this “one man percussion show” has gathered an impressive list of gigs over the years, including touring and / or recording with: Carlos Santana, Traffic, Steve Winwood, Jackson Browne, Celia Cruz, Gloria Estefan, David Lindley, Ricki Lee Jones, Richard Marx, Sergio Mendes, Smokey Robinson, Robbie Robertson, Joe Sample, Boz Scaggs, Christina Aguilera, Ricky Martin, Johnny Hallyday, Khaled, Lindsey Buckingham, Chicago and many others.
Because of his versatility, Walfredo is one of the most in demand musicians in the world today. He currently lives in the Los Angeles area where he continues to expand his talents to recording, producing, composing, education, live performance, and touring. Walfredo is currently touring with the world renown Classic Rock band, Chicago, playing percussion. For more tour info visit: http://www.chicagotheband.com/tour
Chembo Corniel Quintet, Toshiko Akiyoshi Big Band, Lainie Kazan
GRAMMY NOMINATED Percussionist Wilson “Chembo” Corniel, Jr. studied music at The Harbor Conservatory for the Performing Arts in New York City, Pastore Music in New Jersey, and also attended La Escuela National de Arte (ENA) in Havana, Cuba in 1997 and 1999 under the direction of Chucho Valdez. Chembo is a member of the faculty at Purchase College and also teaches percussion privately. Chembo had the pleasure of working/touring and or recording with many artists such as Chucho Valdes, Larry Harlow, Tito Puente, Machito, Celia Cruz, Grady Tate, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Hilton Ruiz, Dave Valentin, Willie Colon, Angela Bofill, Steve Wilson, Ray Vega, Buddy Montogmery, Bob Baldwin, Chico Freeman and many more. Chembo now leads his own Latin Jazz quintet since October 2001 and also started his record company “Chemboro Records, Inc.” in 2004. Chembo Corniel has landed a nomination from the 52nd NARAS GRAMMY AWARDS for the cd “Things I Wanted To Do” for "BEST LATIN JAZZ ALBUM" 2010. His fifth and latest 2016 cd “Land Of The Descendants” with invited guests Kat Gang (vocals) and James Zollar (trumpet) on this cd are getting great reviews around the world.
Bronx Conexión Latin-Jazz Big Band
Born in Osaka, Japan. Yasuyo began her musical studies at age four on the classical piano. In addition, she started studying modern dance when she was in high school.
After she finished her BA in Music at Mukogawa Women’s University, she moved to NYC to study the Muller and Limón modern dance technique. It was in these dance classes that she became attracted to the sounds of percussion. Since then, she has continued to dedicate her passion for playing percussion. Her instructors included Greg Askew / Johnny Almendra / Wilson “Chembo” Corniel / Victor Rendón / Louie Bauzo, and Bobby Sanabria. She also studied pandeiro with Scott Kettner and Afro-Peruvian cajon with Marcos Napa. In Cuba, she studied with Tomas Ramos Ortiz (El Panga) and Yaroldi Abreu. Currently, she is studying batá drumming with Jerome Goldschmidt. Yasuyo has performed and recorded with various groups/artists, which include: El Shabazz Djembe Orchestra, Los Más Valientes, Pasión, Grupo Latin Vibes, Adela Dalto, Nicki Mathis, Henry Brun, “Co-Tim-Bó” Percussion Ensemble, and Blue Mambo. Currently, she is performing with the Bronx Conexión Latin-Jazz Big Band. As an instructor, Yasuyo has been involved in clinics/workshops at PASIC, KOSA-NYC, PAS NJ, Eddie Ming Drum School in Bermuda.
The Who, Oasis, Johnny Marr
Stylish Mod drummer from London
Lenny Kravitz Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons Bobby Brown The New Edition Jody Watley Philip Bailey of Earth, Wind & Fire Vanessa Paradis
Zoro, one of the world’s most renowned drummers has toured and recorded with Lenny Kravitz, Bobby Brown, Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, The New Edition, Jody Watley, Philip Bailey of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vanessa Paradis, Sean Lennon, Lisa Marie Presley, and many others. Throughout his career, he has consistently been voted “#1 R&B Drummer and Clinician” by premier publications such as Modern Drummer, Drum!, and Rhythm Magazine. Modern Drummer magazine asserts, “Zoro wrote the book on dynamics, touch, control, and groove.” Often called the “Minister of Groove,” Zoro authored the #1 award winning and best-selling book and DVD series, The Commandments of R&B Drumming. As author of the critically acclaimed and highly successful books, The Big Gig: Big-Picture Thinking for Success and Soar! 9 Proven Keys for Unlocking Your Limitless Potential, Zoro has equipped countless people with the tools needed to excel and succeed.
As an inspirational speaker Zoro connects with all generations because he’s real, relevant, and relatable. People are drawn to his engagingly winsome spirit, sense of humor, and unmistakably hip style. The indelible mark he makes with his music, words, and life continues to have a profound impact on those who come across his path.
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