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Jose Cortijo

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NDR Big Band, Chris Thompson, Farfarello, Jon Lord, Peter Kraus, Nina Corti, Conexion Latina, SWR-Bigband


José J. Cortijo was born in Barcelona, Spain. At the age of 15 years he had some private lessons with the Cuban percussionist Pedrito Díaz, who was percussionist of the Orchestra Perez Prado. In Spain he worked on studio and TV-recordings with different groups.

Since 1983 is José working as a musician and teacher in Germany. Its openness is reflected in numerous performances, as well as TV, radio and recordings for BR3, NDR, HR, PRO 7 and his participation in various musicals.

As the only professor of latin percussion in Germany, he teaches at the University of Music and Performing Arts Mannheim and is a frequent lecturer at numerous workshops and seminars.

José is inittiator and artist director of the „World Percussion Academy“.

José is also author of the books „Latin Timbales for percussionists and drummers“ (LEU-Verlag, 2002) and „Kleinpercussion Spielen“ (LEU-Verlag 2005). Author of the Video „Congas I“, and since 1994 he has a workshop serie at the german magazine "drums & percussion".

Even with software development is José busy. He is author of the Latin Percussion plugin for the notation program FINALE and author of the add on for FINALE "scoreGroove".


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