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Musical Cohorts

Artist with whom I've had the privilege and pleasure of making music with, all over the world.

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Musical Cohorts

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When the call came in from the offices of Tommy Motola Productions, I was thrilled, for Thalia's brand of Tex-Mex/dance/alternative/pop was something that I had not done before.  So, welcoming the challenge, we dove into a collaboration culminating in a whirlwind tour of all major USA and Mexico cities...the High Voltage Tour.  And, "high voltage" it was!  All venues: completely sold-out, with fan clubs and intnl press in the hundreds! Thalia is all professional, and very pleasant to work with!

Philicia Rashad has a lovely voice, with ample technique for jazz or pop songs. I had the pleasure of performing many times in New York with her brother, composer and trumpetist, Tex Allen, and on various ocassions, Philicia would be featured during the show.

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    angela dewberry

    an amazing woman represent CLASS!

In college, as I was gravitating more from political science to music, I invariably listened constantly to the first-ever African drum LP recorded in stereo: “Drums of Passion” by master drummer and Philosophy PhD., Michael Babatunde Olatunji. Through one of those chance situations of “being in the right place at the right time with the right cats”, I was called for an audition for Olatunji’s new African-jazz band.We hit it off right away and after touring the USA, remained friends for years, .

Babatunde Olatunji: Delivering the cure

It was during 1977, when Chet Baker and I somehow started cruising the same social scene in Manhattan, which, of course, (at that time) was mostly during the night. The first time he called me to do a gig with him, (strangely…) I was actually in bed (I think it was around 2 AM, or so…), but, I jumped up and rushed out, thrilled to take the bandstand with such a character! That gig was cool! I remember that Jon Burr was on upright bass and that the gig was in Nyack, NY. Photo: Margo Colón

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It was a wonderful experience to perform with Senegalese singer Youssou N´Dour. We got together for one UNESCO event at the United Nations General Assembly Hall. I was performing as a member of the Harry Belafonte Orchestra and Youssou N´Dour performed a couple of songs with us. His powerful celestial voice effortlessly filled the entire building, changing the air and leaving everybody totally exhilarated! Wow!

Cantor Youssou N´Dour será candidato à presidência do Senegal

When I got the call to work with Cuban composer/pianist, Marco Rizo, I had no idea that Maestro Rizo, the composer of the “I Love Lucy” theme, (Truly a musical cultural landmark!) was, in fact, living in New York City! This, then, became the realization of a childhood dream, in the sense of performing a song that one grows up with …with its creator! The bassist in the band was Victor Venegas, and the drummer was Steve Berrios, players I knew from all of Mongo Santamaria’s records...Sweet!

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Michel Camilo began his professional career as a simphony orchestra percussionist, later switching to piano. I performed in his band alongside drummer Dave Weckl, bassist Anthony Jackson, and saxophonist Chris Hunter. We also performed together in the Salsa, Samba, Swing All-Stars. He is one of the most fiery musical performers touring the world right now!

Herbie Hancock, to me, is just a wonderfully creative pianist, no matter what style one wishes to talk about or groove to! Besides performing together in some benefit events in Los Angeles, as well as in the SGI buddhist "Super Sounds Band", we recorded together on Wayne Shorter's "Joyrider" CD.

There's nothing like performing with the Queen of Soul! That said, I had the immense thrill of performing with Aretha Franklin over a period of approximately five years.

Moving to Los Angeles in 1985 brought me into the Parliament Funkadelic's alternate parallel universe. This proved to be a very creative period, indeed, with participation in a bunch of "alternative" record sessions, the most memorable being participation in the song, "Primal Instinct", released on the Funkadelic's "By Way of the Drum" CD.

Singer/composer Jon Lucien and I hung out socially in Portugal, St. Thomas, New York, and L.A. While we performed in concert throughout the States, we spent countless hours in recording studios experimenting with sounds and composing on the spot.

Jaco Pastorius and I hung out together fierce in Manhattan, during a period of time, just after my own stint with WR. The only formal show we ever did was in NYC, at the Beacon Theater, with a group called the Samba Salsa Swing All-Stars. Jaco performed the concert (and is pictured here) playing my Fender Jazz bass, a gift to me from Jon Lucien!

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  • Cedric Victor
    Cedric Victor

    Sweet, man! Jaco was (of course) the reason I picked up a fretless.

  • Frank Colon
    Frank Colon

    Hey, Cedric! Very cool! I'd love to hear your music, man!

Performing and recording with Milton Nascimento allowed me to expand the concepts of multi-cultural rhythms and sounds within the structure of what is now considered to be “World Music”. With Milton, I toured South America and Europe, recording three record albums: “Missa dos Quilombos”, “Anima” (with Elise Regina), and “Ao Vivo em Montreux”.

Flora Purim, one of the world's most unique singers! She's also a dear friend with whom I have toured all over the planet with!

JAZZMOTEL: interview with Flora Purim

Airto Moreira, who pioneered the art of multi-instrumental percussion performing. It's always a joy to make music with this friend and we've performed together all over the world! I've been fortunate to have participated in three CDs with him, those being, "Aqui Se Puede", "Samba de Flora", and "The Other Side of This".

Performing with Michel Petrucciani was a ton of fun, as he encouraged unlimited freedom of musical expression during a show! It was a huge thrill to record with CD, "Music", with him!

With Tania Maria ("The Lady from Brazil") I toured around the world for four years, during which we recorded the seminal CD "The Real Tania Maria - WILD!", live at the The Great American Music Hall in San Francisco.


Wayne Shorter - Besides working in Weather Report, I've also enjoyed recording ("Joyrider") and touring in two other bands led by Wayne!

The Manhattan Transfer - probably, the best jazz vocal group in history...definitely the nicest people to work with! I was thrilled to record three CDs with them ("Brasil", "The Offbeat of Avenues", and "Vibrate") and many tv appearances and specials over a period of 12 years! Yeah! :-)

I worked with Harry in two of his orchestras; once, just for the filming of his HBO Special, "Don't Stop the Carnival" (filmed over two weeks in Winnipeg, Canada) and during the world tours of 1996-1998.

Gato Barbieri was one of the first internationally-famous artists that I worked with shortly after I moved to New York City. With him, I recorded one CD ("Bahia") and one DVD: "Gato Barbieri - Live at the Latin Q!"