Richie Flores is one of the most in demand percussionists of today’s active music scene. Born in Brooklyn, New York, raised in Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico, Richie was a prodigious child that began playing congas at the early age of 5. He embarked on his professional career by age 8 playing with Grupo Batacumbele and Roberto Roena and the Apollo Sound. By age 13, he traveled to New York to play with Roberto Roena at the Village Gate, making him one of the youngest musicians ever to travel with a band outside of Puerto Rico. He continued performing professionally while studying percussion at the highly regarded Escuela Libre de Musica in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico.
Richie’s musical career continued to evolve by playing with some of the most respected and celebrated artists in Music today such as Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, Cachao, The Fania All Stars, Gato Barbieri, Hilton Ruiz, David Sanchez, Tropijazz All Stars, Jack Bruce of Cream, McCoy Tyner and even the Beastie Boys. He has participated on many notable recordings, including the Grammy Award Winning albums “Master Sessions – Volume I,” 1995 by Cachao, Dave Samuels 2003 “The Gathering” and The Celia Cruz 2002-2003 double Grammy winner album “La negra tiene tumbao”. Grammy nominated albums “Arete” by Eddie Palmieri in 1996 and on “Palmas” in 1994, as well as David Sanchez’s Grammy nominated album “Obsession” in 1997 and many more. He played for President Clintons Inauguration in 1998 and for the UN…All the Presidents around the world in 2000.
Richie’s strength is in creating a “New Generation Latin Jazz”…… World Music uniting all his musical influences, as well as combining all he has learned from the Masters he has played with. Through his music he has found a way to express his own voice. A voice that is playful, innovative, fresh and unique, while still honoring his deep love and loyalty to his Latin Roots The Septet is integrated by old time friends Robbie Ameen, drums and John Benitez, on bass and guitar; Elio Villafranca, in the piano, Ivan Rentas, tenor sax, Mike Rodriguez, trumpet, the incredible talented Marfil Delgado on vocals and Richie Flores director and percussion. This is Richie’s Septet first production, his second album is to be recorded in Japan later this year 2012.His album is available on iTunes.
Mr. Flores has his own line of Congas with PEARL DRUMS since 2001 and actively tours the world teaching clinics at various institutions on behalf of Pearl, having visited: most states in the USA, North and South America, most Europe countries, Thailand, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Canada, South Africa and Senegal. Richie is also signed with REMO representing Crimplock Symmetry Drum Heads, SABIAN’s Cymbals and Vater Percussion where he has his Signature Sticks.
BORN IN: Brooklyn NY.
LIVES IN: New York
DRUMMING SINCE: 1975
BIGGEST INFLUENCES: Master Congueros- Ray Barreto, Mongo Santamaría, Carlos Patato Valdez, Charlie Parker, Israel López Cachao
FAVOURITE ALBUM YOU PLAYED ON: Grammy Álbum winners- Eddie Palmieri CD (Palmas) Celia Cruz ( La negra TIene Tmbao) Caribian Jazz Proyect
FAVOURITE ALBUM YOU DIDN’T PLAY ON: Miles Davis Quintet My funny valentine.
FAVOURITE SABIAN CYMBAL: I like all of them!