Winter NAMM 2005 was a special experience for my family and I. My son Matthew has come
into his own in the music industry, eager to work at the
LP® hospitality kiosk and to
assist in the photography of the talent that make the LP exhibit a must-see element of
the show. My wife Vivianne, loved by so many who are eager to be photographed with her,
makes everyone who comes by the LP exhibit feel at home.
This year we all were delighted to have the great Carlos Santana as a visiting speaker,
lending his support to the growing number of
that carry his imprint. Latin Percussion, the world's number-one brand in percussion, had many
of its top endorsers visit to jam and sign autographs. Among the visiting musical
dignitaries were drumming legend
now an LP artist, and Austrian-born Joe Zawinul, who proved in the 1960s that it wasn't
the color of your skin that mattered when he wrote "Mercy Mercy Mercy." Joe
became a life-long master of soul, and went on to create Weather Report and produce the
music of the great African singer, Salif Keita.
To see exclusive photos from this event, please
Raul Rekow, Edgardo Cambón and Giovanni Hidalgo.