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Walfredo Reyes, Jr

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Years active  1974 (1974)—present
Associated acts  Chicago, Santana
Name  Walfredo Jr.

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Native name  Walfredo de los Reyes Palau IV
Born  December 18, 1955 (age 60) Havana, Cuba (1955-12-18)
Genres  Jazz, Latin, World music, World fusion, Afro-Cuban, and Rock
Occupation(s)  session and full-time musician; music educator and clinician
Website  Personal site YouTube channel Profile at Chicago
Role  Drums · walfredoreyesjr.com
Parents  Walfredo Reyes, Sr., Matilde Pages
Siblings  Daniel de los Reyes, Kamar de los Reyes, Lily de Los Reyes, Ilde de Los Reyes
Albums  Chicago ‑ "25 or 6 to 4", Chicago XXXVI: Now, Spirits Dancing in the Flesh, Milagro, Sacred Fire: Live in South Am

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Walfredo de los Reyes Palau IV (born December 18, 1955), known as Walfredo Reyes Jr., is a Cuban American expert in drum set and auxiliary percussion, a music educator, and a clinician. He has performed with many jazz, Latin, World music, World fusion, Afro-Cuban, and rock bands as a touring, session recording, and full-time player. Reyes is known for his fusion of many of the world's percussion techniques, including the ability to play a drum set with his hands in addition to the traditional use of drumsticks, whereby it is said that he can "sound like a drummer and a percussionist at the same time". He is well known for having been a long-term member of Santana, and a current member of Chicago. He is also the title character of the Phish song "Walfredo".

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Biography

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Walfredo Reyes Jr. was born on December 18, 1955 in Havana, Cuba. His native name of Walfredo de los Reyes Palau IV is a traditional Cuban combination of his paternal and maternal surnames. His professional name is the Americanized truncation of Walfredo Reyes Jr. He is a third generation musician in a prolific professional musical lineage on both sides of his family, including several globally notable percussion experts.

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His father is percussion expert, Walfredo Reyes, Sr.; one brother is World music percussion expert Daniel de los Reyes; another brother is actor Kamar de los Reyes; and, his grandfather is trumpeter and Cuban orchestral organizer, Walfredo de los Reyes II. Coincidentally, his father had been professionally credited by the same name, Walfredo Reyes Jr., for his own percussion work throughout the 1940s to 1960s, to differentiate himself from his own father.

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In 2014, Reyes was invited by producer Gerry Gallagher to record with Latin rock legends El Chicano as well as David Paich, Brian Auger, Alex Ligertwood, Siedah Garrett, Ray Parker Jr., Lenny Castro, Alphonse Mouzon, Vikki Carr, Pete Escovedo, Peter Michael Escovedo, Jessy J, Marcos J. Reyes, Salvador Santana and Spencer Davis and is featured on drums on several tracks that are part of Gallagher's most recent studio album due to be released in 2017.

Reyes has had a lifelong interest in the music of Chicago Transit Authority, now known as Chicago. He says that their debut album, Chicago Transit Authority, was the first album that he had ever purchased as a youth with his own money.

Career

Leading up to his present role with Chicago, Reyes had had a connection with the band as a lifelong fan of Chicago, as a long-time friend of and collaborator with Chicago's drummer Tris Imboden, and as brother of Chicago's former auxiliary percussionist Daniel de los Reyes.

Reyes has globally toured or recorded with many major groups, including the following: He can be seen playing percussion at a concert with John Lord .see Gigue, John Lord, in Cologne.

Equipment

Reyes uses and endorses the following equipment:

  • Mapex Drums
  • Sabian Cymbals
  • Latin Percussion
  • Remo Drumheads
  • Regal Tip: Walfredo "El Rockero" Reyes Jr. signature series drumsticks. Reyes designed his own signature series of drum sticks, earning him Regal Tip's unique nickname of "El Rockero" (lit. "The Rocker" in English.)
  • Audix microphones
  • Protection Racket drum cases
  • References

    Walfredo Reyes Jr. Wikipedia


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