California Trip 2003

During my trip to California this February, I visited friends and LP Artists in Los Angeles and San Francisco, I had the opportunity to meet with long-time LP endorser Richie Gajate Garcia. While discussing future collaborations with him, we talked about the possibility of a California photo shoot that would include a large number of LP’s West Coast artists.

Toi Russell and his wife, Diane, took us to Jerry Chacon’s house where Matthew was given one of Jerry’s incredible gargoyle masks. We also met Tony Bennett’s drummer, Clayton Cameron, and his family, along with percussion builder, Joe Agu, and his family.

While in Los Angeles we attended a taping of the Wayne Brady show and the opening of the Daredevil movie in Grauman’s Chinese Theater on Hollywood Boulevard. It was also a thrill for us to see Tito Puente’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

In San Francisco we visited drum builder, Akbar Mogaddam, and had dinner with some of our favorite people, including Debbie and Karl Perazzo, Jesus Diaz, Greg Landau, Eric Rangél, and Arturo Riera. We also enjoyed rekindling our friendship with Massound Badakhshan, owner of Height Ashbury Music, later in our trip