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#40 Jose Madera- Percussionist for Tito Puente, Machito, James Brown and More!

#40 Jose Madera- Percussionist for Tito Puente, Machito, James Brown and More!

Jose Madera is a legendary percussionist and you can read more about him here. Some of these credits are actually for his dad, Jose "Pin" Madera. 

R.I.P. to Tom Petty after having a cardiac arrest Monday afternoon. 

OJ is free on parole, and this is the commercial that was referred to in the beginning of the podcast. 

The new product we talked about is the Smart Jacket designed by Google and Levi's

The iconic recording is "Bam Bam" originally done by Toots and the Maytals. Then it was covered and made more popular by Sister Nancy. Here is the history behind the song in more depth.

Music News....

Hip Hop is dominating streaming and downloads. YouTube decides to get rid of its paid channels and opts for sponsorships. Pitbull (and Mark Cuban) send their private planes to Puerto Rico to aid in relief efforts. 

This is one of the main online sites to help Puerto Rico (it was also featured on the Simpsons)

 Check out the hashtags and handles at the bottom of the picture as well!!!

Check out the hashtags and handles at the bottom of the picture as well!!!

There are other grassroots organizations trying to help other parts of the island that are more remote. Here are some we know you can trust. Artist Julian Grimes, Actress/Singer/Dancer Grizel "Chachi" DelValle hipped us to this one: Tainas Unidas. Cosmic Jibaros teamed up with Band Together and Save the Children to host a Puerto Rico benefit concert on Sunday October 15th.

Here's the Colin Kaepernick timeline article referred to in the episode about how the NFL protests started. CORRECTION: Gloria Steinem did not say the quote we read on air, but she was one of the first to post it.  Here is a list of things more heavily regulated than guns in the USA. This is a list of every member of Congress that offered "thoughts and prayers" while also accepting money from the NRA. Here's a list of domestic terrorism events that have happened in the USA, including a few that aren't talked about much in history class like: Black Wall Street, the East St. Louis Massacre, & the Trail of Tears (side note, we still don't understand how the football team in Washington D.C. still has its name or how Andrew Jackson is still on the $20). If you need more info to help out with Vegas, see this image for more details....

Lastly, the Jazz Foundation of America is having a "Night for the Soul" to help musicians in need. 

The interview started off with Jose talking about Tito Puente, Machito, Tito Rodriguez and Mario Bauza.

Some of the percussionists mentioned from the "Golden Era" that Jose talks about are: Luis Miranda, Jose Mangual, Uba Nieto, Changuito, Little Ray Romerro, Manny Oquendo, Willie Bobo, Mongo Santamaria, Ray Barretto, Armando Parazza, Chino Pozo, & Patato.

We think that this is the recording Jose mentions of the Tito Puente song, "Ran Kan Kan" where Tito is on vibes and Armando is on bongo.

Pat Rodriguez (El Que Se Fue), Papi Pagani, Jimmy Sabater, are all some of the timbale players that Jose said also played well (in addition to Tito Puente in the NYC area). Here's an early recording of the Billy Taylor trio with Machito's rhythm section. You can hear Uba playing "non traditional" patterns on the shell and bell of the timbales. (Jose Mangual-Bongo, Uba Nieto-Timbales, Charlie Smith-Congas, Machito-Maracas).

During the "Golden Era" of latin dance bands, the most competition was between the "Big 3" bands (Tito Puente, Machito & Tito Rodriguez) at the Palladium

The Dave Matthews who was referred to is a keyboard player and arranger. The book on arranging and composing written by the trumpet player, Russell Garcia can be found here

The school Jose taught at for 28 years is the Harbor Boys & Girls Performing Arts Academy. 

The book Henry Adler wrote with contributions from Uba Nieto is called "How to Play Latin American Rhythm Instruments". Jose also mentions the Stick Control book and the Syncopation book. 

This is the scene with Tito Puente where Jose did the arrangement.....

and these are the closing credits from the same episode.

Giovanni Hidalgo, Richie Flores, Dafnis Prieto, Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez, Miguel "Anga" Diaz are all players that Jose brings up in talking about who has taken latin drumming and percussion playing to another level with the rhythms and rudiments being incorporated into their playing a lot more. There are also Jimmy Morales, David Rosado Cuba, Danny Gonzalez, & George Delgado are the other side of the coin, who play clean, crisp time and groove for days. 

You can follow Jose on Facebook, or the Mambo Legends page. 

Jose uses LP instruments, Vater drumsticks, & Remo drumheads exclusively. 

#41 Ralph Irizarry- Grammy winning Timbalero for Ruben Blades, Ray Barretto, Timbalaye & More!

#41 Ralph Irizarry- Grammy winning Timbalero for Ruben Blades, Ray Barretto, Timbalaye & More!

#39 Michael Spiro- Master Percussionist, Educator & Co-Founder of Talking Drums!

#39 Michael Spiro- Master Percussionist, Educator & Co-Founder of Talking Drums!