Musician Profile Search Results: “congas”

Alex Diaz

Born in Bani, Dominican Republic, Alex Diaz began playing music at an early age. At age 10 he enrolled at Jose Reyes Music School in his hometown. Soon he was lead snare drum in his town’s Municipal Band under Professor Amable Botello. A...

Angelo Segarra

Angelo Segarra is one of the most talented, versatile musicians/conga players of the Latin Jazz Genre. He has been playing conga since a very young age. His first performance at age 18 was with Orchestra La Raza, opening band for Ismael...

Annette A Aguilar

Latin Brazilian and Latin Jazz Concert and Recording Artist

Armando Peraza

Armando Peraza - congas, percussion Armando Peraza is one of the most important and revered figures in the world of Latin percussion. A legendary master on both congas and bongo, whose unorthodox style and rich history are inspirations to...

Arnorld Salas


Big Black

Big Black - congas, percussion The master musician, percussionist and hand drummer, known as Big Black, was born Daniel Ray in Georgia in 1934, and grew up as a child in the Carolinas. Big Black first heard drum and percussion rhythms...


One of the great Cuban conga players and percussionists to come in the wake of Chano Pozo, he has been a constant source of authentic Afro-Cuban rhythms since his arrival in the early ‘50’s. Born Candido Camera, 22 April 1921, Havana,...

Carlos "Patato" Valdes

Since Patato emigrated from Cuba he had an incredible career,having the spontaneity and charm to draw audiences from all over, with the irresistible Afro-Cuban rhythms he so skillfully created. Valdez's understanding of melodic percussion...

Chano Pozo

To properly attempt to write a profile on such a colorful and significant character as Chano Pozo, we must go to Africa, where it all began. The Niger River Delta, in the Africa Bend, more specifically the area of Calabar, was one of the...

Charles Walker

Philadelphia born. Have been playing since 1967. Starting with the Iyone Nash dance troupe ,performed in Freedom theater's Black Nativity,Worked at Temple U's dance dept. Side man for Byard Lancaster for several years. Performed and sat in...

Charles-David Bonafos

Studied in latin percussions for 3 sessions.

Chris Rhoden

Played with NJ Mass Choir, Alvin Darlin, Sissy Houston

David Rages

The Talons are multi-instrumentalists with wide-ranging musical tastes. Drawn together through happenstance, these musicians immediately recognized kindred souls. Starting from a shared interest in jazz improvisation, they embarked on a...

Edwin "Nepy" Maldonado

Edwin “Nepy" Maldonado: Percussionist, Arranger, Producer and Vocalist.Edwin “Nepy" Maldonado was born and raised in Trenton, NJ, Nov. 15, 1976. He was the first child born to Eddie & Mille Maldonado. As a child, he always had an...

Emmanuel Bizeau

Emmanuel Bizeau: A native of France, Paris, began to play percussions from 17 years old. Being aspired Afro-Cuban music, totally 3 years during 1991 to 1996, went to Cuba and had studied under Miguel Valdez Aballi(Emiliano Salvador),...

Fito Kahn

Drummer with Night Revival. Drummer with Freedom. Drummer/Percussionist with Caliban. Drummer with Groove Daddy. Percussionist with Duane Carter Band

Francisco Aguabella

Francisco Aguabella - congas A master percussionist who was born in Matanzas Cuba, Francisco Aguabella is one of the first eschelon of drummers who came to America and are responsible for all drummers that came after them," says Latin...

Giovanni Hidalgo

Giovanni Hidalgo congas, and percussion (Born 1963) Giovanni Hidalgo is the most highly sought after conga player on the planet. He has recorded, played and toured with most of the top musicians in the Latin, and jazz realms. His mastery...

Hamid Cooper

Born Hamid Mottaghinejad in 1959 in Tehran, Iran, Hamid discovered a love for Jazz at an early age by listening to his father’s collection of Afro-Cuban inspired Jazz records. As a teen, Hamid was taught to play the drums (Persian and...

Janine Santana

Of Puerto Rican descent, Via Brooklyn, NY and Trenton, NJ Janine Santana has had a deep love for Afro-Cuban/ Caribbean traditions and Jazz for as long as she can remember. The recent debut of Soft as Granite was born from her relentless...

Jerry LeDuff

JERRY LEDUFF plays congas, cuica, berimbau, tabla, suordo, ethnic flutes, ocarinas and many other percussion instruments. Jerry uses his large collection of ethnic and contemporary percussion instruments in performance, recording and...

Jesus Diaz

Cuban born percussionist and vocalist Jesus Diaz arrived in the United States from la Habana in 1980. He quickly identified the Bay Area music scene as the grounds to establish his new home. His local and worldwide performances in...

Johnny Conga

“JC” Johnny Conga, a Volcano Percussion endorsee, has been performing for 45 years, as a “multi-percussionist-specialist”, in the Art of Afro-Caribbean Drumming, and Latin-Jazz music. Some of the Artists that “JC” have worked...

ken moshesh

lecture, associate professor,stress area chairman, steering committee member afro-american studies, uc berkeley. videographer, homeless advocate, homeless comission, healthcare for the homeless community advisory board,10-year plan...

Luis Domingo Diaz

Over 30 years experience in the world of Afro-Caribbean Music. Percussionist, Clinician, Instructor and Band Leader. Latin Percussion instructor for “The Wisconsin Conservatory of Music" since 1999. Endorser for Evans Drumheads,...

Michael Cobb

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Miguel "Angá" Díaz

1961: Born Miguel Aurelio Diaz Sayas in San Juan y Martinez in the province of Pinar del Rio, Cuba, area known for its rumba traditions. Shares the nickname Angá with his father. Began playing prodigiously early. 1971: attends the Escuela...

Myles Bigelow

From Boston to Cuba, New York to Vancouver, this riddim- keeper has moved effortlessly from the sidelines into the production chair honing all the skills needed to work his magic on both skins and bass bins. First recognized as conga...

Nelson Ortiz

Co-founder of YAVAZ,Nelson was a guitarist and a singer back in the 1960's in Tijuana in some of the most popular nightclubs like Mike's Bar, The Aloha & The Blue Note. His band played in concert with a then up and coming band called...

Norman Hedman

Percussionist, Producer, Composer, Solo Artist One man's trash is another man's treasure. Nothing could be truer for Norman Hedman and the discovery of his first hand drum, a conga, he rescued from a Brooklyn garbage can. A native of the...

Philippe Ciminato

From Nice, France, percussionist Philippe Ciminato is a versatile independent musician who has performed worldwide with internationally acclaimed artists such as Salena Jones, Indra Lesmana, Horacio “EL NEGRO" Hernandez, Toninho...

Poncho Sanchez

Psychedelic Blues is Poncho Sanchez’s new album and twenty-fourth recording on Concord Records. The album features a more Latin jazz influenced sound honoring the tradition of Sanchez’s earlier Concord recordings. Psychedelic Blues is...

Ray Barretto

Barretto was born on 29 April 1929, in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, of Puerto Rican parents. Noted for his many years as a prominent Latin bandleader, his music career actually began as a studio performer on the conga for jazz...

Sabu Martinez

Sabu was recognized as a virtuoso percussionist at a young age. Playing for the major Latin and be-bop names as a teenager, it was not long before he teamed up with top jazz artists and created astounding Afro-Latin jazz. With his own...

Samuel Torres

Born in Bogotá, Colombia, Samuel graduated in Music Composition from the Universidad Javeriana. He started playing at the age of twelve with local bands and recalls learning a great deal from in-home jam sessions with friends of his...


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Tatá Güines

Tatá Güines, like many musical veterans who started playing professionally in the 1940s and 50s, a golden age for Cuban music, he found international fame in the 1990s at the end of the cold war, when some Cubans were allowed to travel....

Terry Biggs

Lifelong asirations to play percussion.

The Saoco Project

Saoco is a famous slang word used to describe mainly the flavor in a Salsa song. Or in other words, to say a song is: Good rhythm, Great song, Killer tune, and other adjectives intended to describe something good in a Salsa song. The word...

Vernon Allan Joseph Chatlein

Vernon Allan Joseph Chatlein Born: 28 November 1984, in Willemstad-Curacao Vernon is a very promising and talented conguero and all- round percussionist. He specializes in Cuban and Latin Caribbean Music, but he is also an excellent...

Vernon Chatlein

Vernon Allan Joseph Chatlein Vernon is a very promising and talented conguero and all- round percussionist. He specializes in Cuban and Latin Caribbean Music, but he is also an excellent performer of local folkloric music. He studied...

Vincent Heckard

VINCENT HECKARD is a percussionist and drummer specializing in World and Latin Percussion. For more than 20 years, Vincent has brought his flare and exuberance to performances and recordings with distinguished bands, entertainment...
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