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#93 Jessie Caraballo- Timbalero and Drummer for Marc Anthony!

#93 Jessie Caraballo- Timbalero and Drummer for Marc Anthony!

This episode features Jessie Caraballo. Jessie was born in Springfield, Massachusetts on February 14, 1985. He has managed to forge a career that few people twice his age achieve. Currently playing with Latin superstar Marc Anthony, Jessie dazzles with his fluid style and technique.

Jessie’s God given abilities were seen early on, at age six, when he began 
playing drums with the family band. By the time he was fifteen, he went on his first tour with the Christian band El Trio De Hoy. This began a professional career which would see him playing concerts and local clubs in the local Orlando, Florida area. By the age of sixteen, he landed a gig with Pop/Latin singer Brenda K Starr. This led to many other opportunities, including recording and performing with Huey Dunbar, Don Omar, Tito Nieves, Ng2, Jennifer Lopez, Domingo Quinonez, Tony Vega, Frankie Negron, Charlie Cruz, Michael Stuart, N- Klave, Jose Alberto El Canario, Samuel Hernandez, Ron Kenoly, Tercer Cielo, Vico C, Funky, Jan, Lilly Goodman, William Mcdowell, Sunny Paxson, Sisaundra Lewis, Eric Darius, Nick Collionne and many others. Jessie also has worked with noted producers, among them Sergio George, Ricky Gonzales, Angel Fernandez as well as such clients as Disney World. In 2005 Jessie did a nationwide tour called The Juntos Tour which featured Marc Anthony, Alejandro Fernandez and Chayanne. In 2006 Jessie did another Juntos tour which featured Marc Anthony, Marco Antonio Solis and Laura pausini. In 2007 Jessie did another Juntos tour which featured Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez. 

Numerous television appearances include: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Early Show on CBS, ABC s The View, Saturday Night Live, The Today Show on NBC, The Latin Billboard Awards, The Latin Grammys, The George Lopez Show, American Idol, PBS Fiesta Latina at The White House for President Barack Obama, World Music Awards and both of Barack Obama's Inagurations.

The first thing talked about is finding out what the last day to make sure you are registered for the November 6th voting day.


If you are unsure who to vote for, there is a non-biased political quiz that will ask you the questions that are current topics and based on your (truthful) answers, it will tell you who you align with politically. Check out the link: I Side With Quiz.

Shoutout to friend of the show Kassandra Kocoshis and the band she plays with Beat Mosaic for their new video “Love Carries”

The Jazz Foundation of America has their Loft Party this coming Saturday and there are tons of great performers and the honoree is Roberta Flack.


There is still time to register for PAS (Percussive Arts Society) and attend PASIC (Percussive Arts Society International Conference) this coming November.

Maracatu NY has some upcoming performances, including the NYC Halloween Parade. If you would like to participate, you can see the schedule for the classes to learn the material. You have to order the “uniform” (T-Shirt) to be a part of the group. This is all put together by friend of the show, Scott Kettner. You can listen to his interview and learn all about what Maracatu is and where it comes from.

Weekend number two of the Austin City Limits festival is this coming weekend. If you are down there, you can try and get tickets to witness the incredible amount of talent performing.

The GoFundMe page for Marcos’ family member is up now. You can help support by clicking and donating HERE.

Our educational spotlight features Chance the Rapper donating $1 million to Chicago Mental Health Services as well as donating another $1k to twenty other schools for the second year of the New Chance Enrichment Fund for music and art programs.

The iconic recording for this week is “Just The Two of Us” and you can see who plays on the song and rest of the album by clicking HERE.

Music News for this week…..

Ludwig Göransson works on the score for the new Marvel movie Venom and has the legend Vinnie Colaiuta on drums.


You can vote for your favorite class of 2019 Rock and Roll hall of fame inductees from a list of nominees that can be found on the WEBSITE. The hip hop track we mentioned for using Kraftwerk in their music was “Planet Rock” by Afrika Bambaataa and Soulsonic Force. And this is the version of “Valerie” Damon confused for the Zombies (it is actually the Zutons).

The Quincy Jones documentary is out on Netflix now and is directed by his daughter Rashida Jones. The Music Modernization Act is supposed to be signed into law on October 11th and Kanye West is supposed to be present alongside the President. Ticketmaster is in trouble and faces a possible $100 million lawsuit for looking the other way with scalping of tickets.


The song leading into and out of the interview is called “Jackson Parkway” by Jessie Caraballo from his album 413.

One of Jessie’s first mentors was a drummer in Western Massachusetts named Abi Robles, who also runs Aguila Recording in Springfield, MA. This is the Guitar Center drum off video from 2000 that Marcos was referring to with Abi.

One of the first bands Jessie toured with was a band called Trio De Hoy. This is the Gonzalez Brothers band Jessie brings up.

Jessie has been using a hybrid Timbal-Kit set up with Marc Anthony. You can see it here…….


Another inspirations for Jessie on timbales is David Gonzalez Jr.

Some of the timbales players Jessie mentions in his studies of the instrument include Marc Quinones, Luisito Quintero, Tito de Gracia, Chino Nunez and Ralph Irizarry among others. He also said the combination of Marc Quinones and Bobby Allende stuck out for the duo always staying fresh and on the cutting edge with what they played.

Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez was a big inspiration to Jessie with regard to his drumset playing as well as Dave Weckl, Vinnie Colaiuta, and Dennis Chambers.

Most of the the MSG concert featuring Marc Anthony that Jessie and Marcos bring up, can be seen HERE.

Jessie uses Vic Firth Sticks and Mallets, Aquarian Drumheads, Clear Tune In Ear Monitors, Zildjian Cymbals, Pearl Drums and Percussion, & Drum Dots

You can follow Jessie on his Website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube.

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