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Jose “Pepe” Jimenez

COUNTRY:  United States

GROUP:  SANTANA

http://josepepejimenez.com

Known for his versatility in different musical styles, Jose Pepe Jimenez musical journey has taken him to the most prestigious stages around the world. He is a product of the Escuela Libre De Musica (Puerto Rico Performing Arts School), Musicians Institute of Technology and Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music.

Performance  & Recording Credits: Santana, Paul Shaffer, Mamma Mia, Baz, The Cirque du Soleil’s Zumanity and Criss Angel Believe, Greg Howe, Jason Robert Brown, Alan Menken, Disney’s The Lion King, Latin Grammy Awards, Santa Fe and the Fat City Horns, Luis Fonsi, Mark Anthony, John Lucien, Giovanni Hidalgo, Jerry Gonzales, Olga Tañon, Elvis Crespo, Ilan Chester, Ricardo Arjona, Armando Manzanero, Luis Perico Ortiz, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Jerry Rivera, and The Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra to name a few.

Guest Artist and Clinician Credits: Festival Internacional de Percusion – San Juan Puerto Rico, Brandon Jazz Festival Brandon University – Manitoba Canada, Drum Workshop & LP Latin American Tour (Mexico, Paraguay, Uruguay, Argentina, Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala), The Las Vegas Drum Camp, The College of Southern Nevada, PASIC China Chapter and The Salt Lake City Jazz Festival.

Pepe keeps an active schedule working as an independent artist, based in Las Vegas Nevada. He is currently performing with his solo project “The Groove Culture Band”, which is dedicated to promote Afro-Puerto Rican folklore with contemporary music. In addition to performing, he is also a drum instructor for the Division of Jazz and Commercial Music at the University of Las Vegas Nevada.

 

BORN IN: San Juan, Puerto Rico

LIVES IN: Las Vegas, Nevada

DRUMMING SINCE: 1980

CURRENT BAND/PROJECT(S): Santana / Santa Fe and the Fat City Horns

BIGGEST INFLUENCE(S): Musical drummers and percussionists

FAVORITE ALBUM YOU PLAYED ON: All of them

FAVORITE ALBUM YOU DIDN’T PLAY ON: Steps Ahead , Steps Ahead

CAREER HIGHLIGHT: Playing with Santana

FAVORITE SABIAN CYMBAL: 22″ Artisan Medium Ride

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