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As a boy, Jerry was introduced to Latin percussion by several black Cuban players while living in Los Angeles. Through their guidance, he developed his knowledge and skills as a Latin percussionist. It wasn't long before Jerry befriended some percussionists from Brazil, who helped him develop his skills in the Brazillian style of playing.

Jerry has played live and recorded with such studio drummers and percussionists as Emil Richards, Harvey Mason, Peter Erskine, John Guerin, Joe Porcaro, Steve Schaeffer, Larry Londin, Ralph Humphrey, Earl Palmer, and such jazz greats as Louie Bellson, Chester Thompson, Roy McCurdy, and the late Buddy Rich and Mel Lewis, just to name a few.

Jerry toured and recorded with Lee Ritenour for three-and-a-half years, was a featured performer both on stage and recordings with Diana Ross for five-and-a-half years, the Four Tops for two years, and spent eight years free-lance recording for Motown Records. Jerry's long list of

for five years. Currently, he is on faculty at Hamilton High School Academy of the Arts in Los Angeles. Jerry was Co-Director of Percussion at the internationally known Los Angeles Music Academy (LAMA) in Pasadena, California for about fifteen years. His extensive teaching and personal commitment to education has kept him in contact with the mainstream of up-and-coming young players.

He is also involved in clinics and master classes throughout the world, including conventions for such associations as the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), Texas Band Director's Association (TBA), the Music Educator's National Convention (MENC), the Percussive Arts Society (PAS), the International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE), the MUSIK MESSE in Frankfurt, Germany, and the British Music Fair in London, England.

Through the years, he has been a consultant for numerous percussion manufacturers, including Toca, Remo and Calato, in product development and design.

credits also include Lani Hall, The Carpenters, Gladys Knight, Paul Anka, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme and Freda Payne, and the late Phyllis Hyman.

You can hear Jerry on the Gold Record "Art of Tea" by Michael Franks.

Jerry's emphasis is jazz which leads him to play in bands with such artists as Pete Christlieb, Conte Condoli, Bill Holman, Chuck Findley, Bill Watrous, Lou Levy, and the late Joe Pass, Frank Rosolino, and Joe Farrell.

Interworld Music sought out Jerry to

do an instructional video tape on the Method of Playing Conga Drum. The highly acclaimed "Essence of Playing Conga" (Interworld #81041) was born - it is distributed worldwide by Warner/DCI.

Because of Jerry's extensive playing experience and insight into the music business at all levels (touring with acts, TV, films, records, etc.) he was asked to teach Latin and Brazillian hand percussion at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) and has done so for the last eighteen years. He started the percussion program at Dick Grove's School of Music in Van Nuys, California, and ran the program

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