Jose “Pepe” Jimenez
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