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Jose “Pepe” Jimenez

COUNTRY:  United States

GROUP:  SANTANA

http://josepepejimenez.com

Jose “Pepe” Jimenez has played drums professionally since the age of 16 and is known for his versatility in different musical styles. He is a product of the Escuela Libre De Musica (Puerto Rico Performing Arts School), Musicians Institute and Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music.

Pepe has played with Luis Fonsi, El Reencuentro, Giovanni Hidalgo, Jerry Gonzales, Mark Anthony, Olga Tanon, Elvis Crespo, Luis Perico Ortiz, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Jerry Rivera, and The Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra, to name but a few.

Recordings include Ricardo Arjona, Olga Tanon, Armando Manzanero, Elvis Crespo, Ilan Chester, and Glenn Monroig, among others.

Since moving to Las Vegas in 2002, Pepe has worked in various production shows and bands including Storm, Mamma Mia, Cirque du Soleil Zumanity and Criss Angel Believe, Disney The Lion King,Taylor Hicks, Latin Grammy Awards and Nascar Awards.

Currently is playing with Santana, Santa Fe and the Fat City Horns and also on his solo project.

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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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