congahead.com‘s studio for video production came into full gear. 4 Camera HD videos with high fidelity stereo sound provided by world class audio engineer, Kamilo Kratc with video assistance from his wife, Sandra Kratc, audio assistance from new family member, DJ Javick and help from Jake Fischer.
This site wouldn’t have the capability it has without the genius of Clinton Bradley who for the last 14 years constantly improved my ability in technology.
Always props to Little Johnny Rivero who’s devotion to my cause is endless. My wife, Vivianne has provided the most delicious meals for the musical talent that has been so kind to lend their talent to congahead.com,
We had variety!
Tenor sax man, Ole Mathisen stopped by the congahead.com studio to perform a couple of tunes with computer accompaniment.
On December 7, 2010 John and his son, Francis Benitez brought their respective bands to the congahead.com studio to perform.
In 1989 I was invited by drummer, Zoro to a loft in Soho, NYC where he was staying with Lenny Kravitz and got to get a couple of photos of this great musician.
On November 21, 2010 percussionist/bandleader Hector Morales brought his band to the congahead.com studio to record two tunes.
Spanish singer, Lara Bello brought her vocal talents to Lower East Side music club, Drom with an all star band comprised of Jason Lindner, keyboard; Yayo Sirca, drums and Armando Gola, bass.
On November 6, 2010 the exciting and different New York Gypsy All Stars created 3 videos at congahead.com studio featuring a United Nations of musicians. Tamer Pinarbasi, kanun (Turkey); Ismail “Smajko” Lumanovski (Macedonia), clarinet; Engin Gunaydin (Turkey), drums; Panagiotis Andreou (Greece), bass; Jason Lindner (US), keyboard and Sebastian Nikoll (Germany), conga
On November 6, 2010 Arturo O’Farrill brough the legacy of his father, Chico O’Farrill to Smyphony Space in NYC for an evening of the finest Latin jazz music with an all star orchestra that just returned from their sold out trip to Taiwan.
Venezuelan born percussionist died in Las Vegas on November 5, 2010. I first met Rudy in Puerto Rico in the 1960s. I knew him while he was a fixture on the LA music scene and later got to see him in Los Vegas. He was 73 years old.
Born roughly November 4, 1925, Carlos “Patato” Valdez was one of the most influential figures in the development of my career and that of the LP, percussion company I founded in 1964. It was love at first sight for me. He was talented, funny and a bit crazy. He helped me hone my hanging out chops in the after hour clubs in the Bronx and in the parties in his apartment. He was a part of my life for nearly 40 years. With his help I introduced a conga design that has his name and a bata drum set in fiberglass that was a bit oversized. In 1979 he was part of a band I founded that included Tito Puente and Johnny “Dandy” Rodriguez called the Latin Percussion Jazz Ensemble that made 3 European trips and one to Japan. If the trips themselves were costly to me, they helped me develop a global business that became a powerful brand in percussion.
Patato died in a hospital outside of Cleveland, Ohio on November 11, 2007
On October 29, 2010 the renowned orchestra, Mambo Legends brought their musical brilliance to SOB in NYC