Armando Peraza Passes Away At 89

Legendary percussionist Armando Peraza passed away Monday at the age of 89.

Peraza worked with many Jazz and Rock luminaries including Charlie Parker, George Shearing, Tito Puente, Cal Tjader, Dizzy Gillespie, Dave Brubeck, Eric Clapton, Linda Ronstadt, Frank Zappa, Rick James, Aretha Franklin, Jaco Pastorius, and Carlos Santana.

Born in Havana, Cuba in 1924, Armando Peraza arrived in New York City via Mexico in 1949, where his intuitive and exuberant playing style translated into immediate work for big bands with Machito and Slim Gaillard. It was while touring with Gaillard that Peraza first visited the city he would eventually call home, San Francisco, California.

Peraza joined Carlos Santana’s band in 1972, playing for nearly twenty years with the group before retiring as a full time member in 1990. In the 1990′s and 2000′s, Peraza would make occasional guest appearances at concerts, festivals and percussion workshops. A revered mentor to many percussionists worldwide, Armando was an honored Latin Percussion endorser for many years.

Armando Peraza leaves behind a wide-ranging and robust catalog of Afro-Cuban Latin Jazz music. He is survived by his wife of over 30 years, Josephine, a daughter and three grandchildren.

AC/DC Demise Is Rumored

By Radim McCue
  • Published April 15, 2014
  • Rumors are swirling that AC/DC is set to call it quits this week, in the wake of a recent stroke suffered by founder and rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young. The band, which has sold more than 180 million recordings worldwide and has become synonymous with basic, hard rock (played very well!) has been together 41 years. Let's hope the rumors aren't true.

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    Setting Record For Largest Hand Drum Ensemble

    The Center for Health Equity is hosting Drum Circle: Drum Beats for Health & Wellness in less than two weeks to reset the Guinness World Record for the Largest Hand Drum Ensemble. The center hopes to raise awareness and promote healthy living through the beat of the drum.

    The event will be held on Maryland Day, April 26, 2014, at Byrd Stadium at the University of Maryland, College Park.

    For more information and to buy tickets to the event you can visit the Health Equity website, here.

    Health Equity Drum Circle: Drum Beats for Health & Wellness from The Clarice Smith Center on Vimeo.

    Drum Guru! Features Hit Like A Girl Winners

    By Jordan Liffengren
  • Published April 11, 2014
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    New York, NY (April 11, 2014) – Drum Guru, the leading educational drumming app, is pleased to announce a new free lesson pack featuring the winners of the just-ended 2014 Hit like a Girl* contest. These winners were selected from entrants from 43 countries around the world by a celebrity judging team that included Dawn Richardson, Sheila E, Hannah Ford, Emanuelle Caplette, Allison Miller, Kate Schellenbach, Jess Bowen, Meytal Cohen, Emily Dolan-Davies, Jen Ledger, Didi Negron, and Nia Lovelis.

    The winners included Riesha Fayson (USA), Fernanda Fuentes (Chilé, Annika Nilles (AnyK) (Germany), Kanade Sato (Japan), Nat Drum-Her (USA), and Leticia Santos (Brazil). Each drummer performs an excerpt from her winning entry in the pack, accompanied by a transcription in practice mode, so drummers can learn and practice some of the great drumming concepts employed by the winners.

    Please visit for more information, and then use the following links to download the app, the free Hit like a Girl 2014 Winners pack, and all of the other great educational content Drum Guru has to offer:


    Google Play:

    Founded by Rob Wallis, who is also president of Hudson Music (the world's leading producer of educational drum media), Drum Guru is the world's leading new educational drumming app, having been featured as one of Apple's “New and Noteworthy” apps and on the front page of the App Store. Drum Guru has also won the Best App “Drummie” award from DRUM! Magazine for two years in a row.

    *"Hit Like A Girl" is a trademark of the Percussion Marketing Council.

    Mick Fleetwood To Host TV Series

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    Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood is set to host a series of television specials in which he will interview and adventure with an array of his friends and colleagues at large in the entertainment industry, on the political scene, and well-known in the music and art community. The show, called "24 Hours With Mick," will be filmed in a variety of locations, including his home in Hawaii to cities around the world where he will be touring with Fleetwood Mac.

    Where and when the show will air has not yet been announced.