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Kaman Music Corporation Announces The Purchase Of Latin Percussion

Kaman Music Corporation of Bloomfield CT, the world's largest independent distributor of musical instruments and accessories, announces the purchase of Latin Percussion, Inc. LP of Garfield, New Jersey, is the world's leading supplier of hand percussion drums and accessories.


Modern Drummer Readers Poll Declares LP The Winner In 3 Categories

LP was announced the winner in 3 categories: The Most Innovative Percussion Company, The Most Consumer / Service Oriented Percussion Company and The Percussion Company with the Best Quality and Craftmanship. A note of thanks to all the LP voters!


New cd "Montvale Rumba" First LP Recording In 20 Years

The events of September 11 caused LP Founder Martin Cohen to take stock. Martin's way of dealing with the tragedy was through a creative act - one that celebrated the human spirit and the very music that inspired him to launch Latin Percussion in the sixties. He retreated into his home studio with trusted musicians, brought in state of the art recording gear, and emerged with his first new recording in over twenty years, named Montvale Rumba.


Martin Cohen Photos Featured In Bravo Documentary

Bravo's documentary, The Palladium - Where Mambo Was King, featured many photographs LP Founder Martin Cohen, and was co-produced by LP player, percussionist, and Grammy nominee, Bobby Sanabria. Produced and directed by veteran documentary filmmaker, Kevin Kauffman, the production traces the history of Latin music from its Afro-Cuban roots to New York's famous Palladium Ballroom.


LP Returns To Its Roots with Bronx Photo Shoot & Jam

Having never lost touch with Latin Percussion's roots in the Bronx, LP Founder Martin Cohen, recently returned to the same location where he photographed the company's top endorsers some fifteen years earlier, to again record the spirit of Latin music on film.


Billy Joel and Elton John Concert with LP Players

Individually Elton John and Billy Joel can energize an audience, but together their bands are nothing less than phenomenal. Their 3-1/2 hour concert showcased their galleries of greatest hits and featured three LP players, John Mahon (Elton John), Crystal Taliefero (Billy Joel) and Liberty DeVitto (Billy Joel)!


Senor Kroon cd By Steve Kroon Reviewed

The "Senor" in Senor Kroon says it all. Here Steve proclaims his standing as a player and composer of note. In doing this, he surrounds himself with many of the key musicians of our time.


New Daniel De Los Reyes Online Video

A must see drum solo featuring Daniel de los Reyes, internationally recognized drummer and percussionist on tour with Earth, Wind & Fire. LP player and Earth, Wind & Fire frontman Philip Bailey joins Daniel in the solo finale using LP Tito Puente Timbales.


LP Players Win Modern Drummers Readers Poll

Latin Percussion would like to congratulate all of our artists and friends who won!


More Artist Profiles Online:

Little Johnny Rivera

At age fourteen, Little Johnny joined Orchestra Colon, the youngest Latin band in New York City, and recorded two albums with them. In 1973, he moved to Puerto Rico with his parents, and joined La Sonora Poncena in 1974. After playing bongos with them for a year and a half, he switched to congas, which rekindled the love affair he had begun with the instrument as a small child. Little Johnny attributes the rhythms and professional conduct he learned from Quique Lucca and his son Papo Lucca.


Pedrito Martinez

Born and raised in Cuba, Pedrito had the unique opportunity to work with numerous Afro-Cuban groups, such as Yoruba Andabo, Obba Ilu, Tata Guines, Changuito, Anga and many others. In September 2000, he won First Place in the Thelonious Monk Institute's Afro/Latin Jazz Hand Drum competition at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.


Orlando Poleo

Orlando Poleo, one of Venezuela's most popular congueros and bandleaders, takes his inspiration from Afro-Caribbean rhythms. He began his musical training in Caracas with Julio Mendez, and soon began attracting attention from respected Venezuelan percussionists. He also studied Afro-Venezuelan percussion with Miguel Urbina, and Afro-Cuban percussion at the Professional Improvement School in Havana.


For additional interesting information from the world of LP percussionists, Please check out: http://www.congahead.com This is LP founder, Martin Cohen's personal website. It is full of his favorite pics, stories, sound and video files.

Until Next Update,

Keep on Drumming!

Latin Percussion, Inc,


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