Joey De Leon Jr.


GROUP PONCHO SANCHEZ LATIN JAZZ BAND      

Biography

BORN IN:
Hell's Kitchen, NY

LIVES IN:
Beautiful Downtown Burbank, CA

DRUMMING SINCE:
Since I was in my mother's stomach, but seriously since about 3.

CURRENT BAND/PROJECT:
Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band, Arturo Sandoval, Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band and Lucky 7

BIGGEST INFLUENCE(S):
My Mom and Dad (personally), Alex Acuna, Neil Peart, Steve Gadd, Vincent Colaiuta, Fred Hinger, James Preiss (Manhattan School of Music), Peter Erskine, Giovanni Hidalgo, Francisco Aguabella, all the New York heavies in the pantheon of Latin percussion, and some special friends here in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Oakland. Also, Igor Stravinsky, Jaco Pastorius and Kenwood Dennard.

FAVORITE ALBUM DIDN'T PLAY ON:
"Heavy Weather", Weather Report

CAREER HIGHLIGHT(S):
That's a hard one! I'll say for now The Hollywood Bowl performances with both the Poncho Sanchez Band and the Arturo Sandoval Big Band.

FAVORITE SABIAN CYMBAL:
El Sabor and O-Zone cymbals

Dustin Steinke

Bleeker Ridge

Brian Steele Medina

Gemini Syndrome

Poni Silver

The Ettes

Jojo Mayer

Nerve

AUSTIN D'AMOND

Chimaira, The Elite, Solus Deus, Bleed The Sky