“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 with cover the gamut of “styles” in the music business. Here is a short list: Sergio Mendes & Brasil 77, Paquito D’Riviera, The Jackson 5, Willie Bobo, Mongo Santamaria, Cerrone(France), Gloria Gaynor and over 100 other major artist’s in the United States and abroad. To date Johnny has been in 150 bands and has done 17 International tours all around the world.
Grammy Member (Pacific Northwest chapter)-“Latin-Rep” Member of BMI as composer/arranger Member of N.A.R.A.S. (National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences) Member of L.A.R.A.S. (Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences) Member of Percussive Arts Society Member of Cirque du Soleil percussionists-2004 World Rhythm Festival Seattle,WA 2009
Weekend Radio Host for KBCS 91.3 FM-“AL LADO LATINO/ON THE LATIN SIDE” on every Saturday at 6 pm PST.USA And online at www.kbcs.fm
Dance Companies: Olatunji Drummers and Dancers-New York City-1965 Chuck Davis Afro-American Dance Co-New York City-1966-74 New York City Ballet Co.-1967-8 Mattie Lascoe Caribbean Splash-Los Angeles-1980 Miami City Ballet Co.-Miami,Fla.-1994-7 “Drummin”-Tania Leon(Cuba)-Miami/Germany-1997
Released first CD 1994 called Johnny Conga & Caribe + Roots of Rhythm on Skyward records. Recognized by State of Florida as “Folklorist”-1997