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#50 Marc Quiñones- Percussionist for The Allman Brothers, Willie Colon, Marc Anthony, 8 Y Mas & More!

#50 Marc Quiñones- Percussionist for The Allman Brothers, Willie Colon, Marc Anthony, 8 Y Mas & More!

In this 50th episode we interview percussionist Marc Quiñones and talk about his youth, growing up in the Bronx, playing with everyone in the salsa scene, being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the Allman Brothers, his influences, what he's practiced, and so much more.

Part three of the Cowbell Challenge is up and you can win an autographed Chad Smith Cowbell. 

Our DnP Curated Top 10 of Marc Quiñones recordings, where he plays ALL of the percussion.

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Our iconic recording this week is the Classical Jazz Quartet featuring (friend of the show), Stefon Harris, Kenny Barron, Ron Carter and Lewis Nash. The tune we featured was the March from the Nutcracker.

The educational spotlight is the 21 Drums Camp in Dublin Ireland from Aug 14-20th 2018. The camp features Mike Johnston, Mark Guliana, Ash Soan and Keith Carlock

Music news for this week is.....

Pandora trying to make a comeback against Spotify and Apple Music. YouTube is starting a music streaming service in March. Idagio raises $9.5mil to further a classical music focused streaming service. 4 Drummers incorporating electronics into a hybrid drum setup and the gear they use.

If you'd like to see the video of Marc playing the timbale solo to Tito Puente's song "Ran Kan Kan", you can click here.  

Some of Marc's early influences (aside from his father, uncle and Tito Puente) are Milton Cardona, Gene Golden and Frankie Rodriguez

Some of the Cuban music Marc listened to was Orquesta Aragón and Los Van Van

Papo Pepin, Mongo Santamaria, and Ray Barretto are all Marc's first influences on congas. He memorized Papo Pepin's solo on Guancona performed by Tito Allen (the solo starts about 2.57)

This is a reprise of the 1973 Larry Harlow opera Hommy, that Marc performed in. 

Marc calls Tito Puente as his main influence growing up and studying music. If he is recording all the percussion, he usually starts with congas, then records bongos next and then timbales. 

For a pretty good list of the tracks that Marc has recorded on, you can click this link HERE.

The album with David Byrne was called Rei Momo. Marc refers to this band as the 17 piece traveling circus. 

Marc was playing with Spyro Gyra in the 90s, and Butch Trucks was at a show in Tallahassee, Fl and "courted" Marc after a show before bringing him into Memphis to record with the Allman Brothers. The first tune Marc recorded on was "Kind of Bird" before joining the band on tour, and as a full time member. 

 

Here's a video clip of when Bernie Williams sat in with the Allman Brothers at the Beacon Theater. 

 Receiving the lifetime acheivement award with the Allman Brothers. 

Receiving the lifetime acheivement award with the Allman Brothers. 

Marc says his crowning achievement was playing on Tito Puente's 100th album called "The Mambo King"

Marc's favorite records to play on were the DLG albums, Charlie Cruz, Victor Manuelle, Spyro Gyra

Honorable mention to Ella Se Esconde by Ruben Blades 

The Tito Nieves album with the "tasty licks" that Marc refers to is called "Dejame Vivir" and the song is "Te Amo"

Marc uses Pearl Drums and Percussion, Remo Drumheads, Zildjian Sticks and Cymbals exclusively. You can see Marc demonstrate the sounds of his signature series cowbell, congas and timbales as well as a duet with (friend of the show) Bobby Allende

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#51 Dr. Brian Zator- PAS President & Director of Percussion at Texas A&M University-Commerce

#51 Dr. Brian Zator- PAS President & Director of Percussion at Texas A&M University-Commerce

#49 Neil Grover- Percussionist for the Boston Pops Orchestra & Founder of Grover Pro Percussion!

#49 Neil Grover- Percussionist for the Boston Pops Orchestra & Founder of Grover Pro Percussion!