#124 Joey De Leon- Percussionist, Podcaster, Educator and More!
Today’s guest is Joey De Leon. Joey is a classically and street-trained percussionist. He has held the bongo chair for Grammy Award winner Poncho Sanchez for the last five years and is now the band's timbalero and drummer. The band's latest album, a joint project with another Grammy Award winning artist, Terence Blanchard is a heartfelt tribute to two iconic figures: percussionist Chano Pozo and trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie. Both are largely responsible for creating the "Cubop" genre.
Joey has the distinction of holding a Bachelors Degree in Classical Percussion Performance from the highly prestigious Manhattan School of Music. He comes from a legacy of well-known musicians in the Latin music genre. His father was also a percussionist and an early artist for LP in the 70's and was a founding member of a band that played a pivotal role in New York City Salsa, Bobby Rodriguez Y La Compania. His father's oldest brother Santos Miranda, was the family's first true all-around percussionist who played congas, bongos, timbales) as well as drumset.
Joey is currently working with Grammy Award winner, Arturo Sandoval in both his LA All-Star Big Band, which has a CD soon to be released, and with his West Coast Sextet. He also plays with Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band, a slew of Los Angeles' top session musicians, a gig that requires wearing a few different hats to say the least. Joey keeps reinventing himself, racking up an ever so impressive resume, hoping never ever to stop building what has started.
Joey is also a co-host of the “We Are Rhythm” Podcast, by Latin Percussion.
Gig Alerts for this week……
Product reviews for this week…..
This includes three portable devices for making and recording music on the road. You can travel with these devices and record your ideas and not have to rely on the voice notes function in your phone. You can grab all of these devices at Sweetwater and if you have questions about them, they have excellent customer service.
Shout-out to (friend of the show) Neil Larrivee & Joe Testa of Vic Firth who invited Damon to NYU to see a concert given by The Percussion Collective lead by (friend of the show) Robert Van Sice. This group is amazing and puts on a fantastic concert if you’re able to see them perform.
Music News for this week…..
Ken Burns has a new docu-series coming out and this one features Country music. Woodstock 50 Investors Explain Why They Pulled Their $18 Million. The Festival is not going to happen in August. Pledgemusic is filing for bankruptcy and they could Face a Criminal Investigation Over Crowdfunding Fraud. Here are some of the artists and dollar amounts that are owed by Pledgemusic. Facebook To Fork Over Royalties, Auddly Signs Up ASCAP and Others, And BMI Collects $1B in PRO Royalties. Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams officially launches social app called Daisie.
The song leading into and out of the interview is called “Matanzas” by Dayren Santamaria off of the Belleza album.
Joey got his start from his mother and father as well as his father’s uncle. His father (Joey de Leon Sr.) was well known for playing with Bobby Rodríguez Y La Compañía. Joey’s uncle, Santos Miranda played with the legendary Vincentico Valdes.
Joey’s uncle was shot at a gig at the start of 1962. Here’s a clipping of the news article.
The meatless cookbooks that Damon and Marcos were trading recipes from was the Thug Kitchen Cookbook.
The rudimental snare drum solos that Joey brings up are from the Charlie Wilcoxon Book.
Joey went to the Manhattan School of Music and got a degree from the school on percussion.
Damon brings up Joey performing with John Tesh, the writer of Roundball Rock (the NBA theme song on NBC).
Joey shouts-out some of the younger players on the scene today and Marcos mentions part of that is from having access on the internet to videos on YouTube. A good chunk of them by Martin Cohen and his site Congahead.