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Gloves-off, hands-on conversations with some of the world’s best musicians. The podcast captures the essence of Latin music culture and the stories behind the music. Hosted by Joey De Leon and Jhair Sala, with guests such as Peter Michael Escovedo, Damon Grant, Ron Powell, and more.

Gloves-off, hands-on conversations with some of the world’s best musicians. The podcast captures the essence of Latin music culture and the stories behind the music. Hosted by Joey De Leon and Jhair Sala, with guests such as Peter Michael Escovedo, Damon Grant, Ron Powell, and more.
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Gloves-off, hands-on conversations with some of the world’s best musicians. The podcast captures the essence of Latin music culture and the stories behind the music. Hosted by Joey De Leon and Jhair Sala, with guests such as Peter Michael Escovedo, Damon Grant, Ron Powell, and more.

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English


Episodes

018 - Michael Napolitano

10/7/2019
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Drummer, composer, and educator Michael Napolitano joins Jhair to talk about the importance of teaching music to children, their shared love of Italy, and Michael's new record "Seeing Life in 20/20".

Duration:01:03:00

017 - Joe Bergamini

9/20/2019
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Jhair sits down with Joe Bergamini, drummer, educator, author, and publisher. Born and bred in NJ, Joe tells Jhair about his early days playing along to Rush and Van Halen, his successful career as a progressive rock drummer, and more.

Duration:01:23:24

016 - Frank Zummo

9/6/2019
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Joey welcomes Frank Zummo, drummer for pop punk band Sum 41 and founder of the drum ensemble Street Drum Corps. Frank tells Joey about seeing his first concert at age 5, why learning to play music outside of his comfort zone is job security and more.

Duration:00:52:14

015 - Yayo Serka

8/26/2019
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Jhair sits down with renowned drummer and percussionist Yayo Serka, fresh off a tour throughout Spain with Lila Downs. Yayo shares his experiences as a musician, from learning how to play at a young age in Chile, to the years he spent in Cuba and more.

Duration:02:07:57

014 - Bashiri Johnson

8/9/2019
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In this episode, Jhair Sala sits down with Brookyln-born world percussionist Bashiri Johnson about imposter syndrome, recording the music if Ray Charles, and what instrument speaks to him the most.

Duration:01:15:51

013 - Kiran Gandhi

7/24/2019
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This week, a special episode was recorded at the LP HQ in Oxnard, CA. Joey's guest is Kiran Gandhi, an electronic music artist, drummer, producer, and activist. Kiran Gandhi is known by her stage name Madame Gandhi and is one of the most important and impressive up-and-coming young artists. Having gained recognition as the former drummer for M.I.A. and Kehlani, Madame Gandhi now writes music that elevates and celebrates the female voice.

Duration:00:50:47

012 - Paoli Mejias

7/15/2019
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This week, We Are Rhythm features percussionist Paoli Mejias in conversatoin with host Joey De Leon. Paoli is a distinguished master percussionist and Latin Grammy award nominee, who is ranked among the best in Latin jazz and salsa.

Duration:01:34:06

011 - Doug Hinrichs

6/30/2019
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Renowned percussionist and composer Doug Hinrichs visits Jhair’s studio to talk about his diverse musical career, from his early days learning music in Nebraska to playing on Broadway, to traveling to Brazil to learn different styles of Brazilia.

Duration:01:30:59

010 - Kassandra Kocoshis

6/13/2019
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This week on We Are Rhythm, Joey sits down with world percussionist Kassandra Kocoshis. They talk about her musical family and early beginnings as a musician, discovering flamenco, and how her impresssive career has evolved with each city and musical act.

Duration:00:58:13

009 - Aaron Serfaty

5/31/2019
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Aaron Serfaty is a renowned drummer, percussionist, and educator at USC. He sits down with host Joey DeLeon to chat about his career that started at an early age, coming to the United States to learn swing, taking a teaching gig to provide for his family and why you should train your students to be better than you.

Duration:01:07:01

008 - Sheila E

5/19/2019
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Sheila Escovedo, better known as Sheila E., is percussionist, drummer, multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer and singer. She sits down with Joey De Leon to talk about growing up in her famously talented family, being self-taught, and that time she met Prince, who’d already had an eye on her skills. (and the rest is history)

Duration:01:10:54

007 - Ron Powell

5/5/2019
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Ron Powell is a percussionist, musician, author, and instructor. Ron sits down with Joey De Leon to discuss his career with Kenny G., Diana Ross, Sergio Mendes, and that one week he was offered 5 gigs at once.

Duration:00:59:41

006 - Damon Grant

4/21/2019
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Percussionist & musician Damon Grant joins host Jhair Sala in his Rahway, NJ studio, to talk about learning how to play drums in middle school, the rigor required to be in drum corps, and the choice he had to make between baseball and music.

Duration:01:41:09

005 - Peter Michael Escovedo

4/7/2019
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Host Joey De Leon is joined by Emmy- nominated musical director, producer, singer, and multi-instrumentalist Peter Michael Escovedo. Joey and Peter Michael talk about his famous family, his early days growing up in the Bay Area and why that part of the country was the perfect place to get a well rounded musical education. He talks about the latin jazz rock band that used to play in the family living room with his dad (Terry Bozio on drums, Neal Schon on guitar, and an occasional appearance...

Duration:01:00:07

004 - Michael & Remi Spiro

3/22/2018
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The latest episode a family affair as host Joey DeLeon is joined by Father and son percussionists, Michael and Remi Spiro who discuss their unique perspective on exploring their passion for percussion from the outside in.

Duration:00:42:13

003 - Felipe Fraga

3/2/2018
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On the latest episode of the "We Are Rhythm" podcast, our host Joey Deleon and Brazilian-born percussionist Felipe Fraga chat about "kitchen table" percussion, baseball, Chicago-style hotdogs, learning to play the pandeiro from a trombone player and Fraga's evolution from classical percussion purist to Brazilian Popular Music afficionado.#WeAreRhythm

Duration:00:59:25

002 - Trevor Lawrence Jr.

2/7/2018
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Host Joey Deleon talks to multi-faceted producer, writer, percussionist and drumset player, Trevor Lawrence Jr., (aka TrevBeats) about his passion for making music and working with some of the biggest names in the industry including Dr. Dre, Mariah Carey, Lionel Richie, Macy Gray, Eminem, The Temptations and Herbie Hancock among others.

Duration:00:55:25

001 - Eddie Montalvo

1/20/2018
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For our first-ever "We Are Rhythm" podcast, our host Joey DeLeon is joined by Bronx-born conguero, Eddie Montalvo. As real deal as it gets, Montalvo recalls the early days of his career where he found himself, "Coming out of a club at four o'clock in the morning and by seven o'clock..? I'm working in a manhole in New York City." From the streets of NYC in the 1970's to working with legendary artists like Ruben Blades, Willie Colon, The New York Philharmonic and Celia Cruz among others --...

Duration:01:06:20